• Review: The Trouble with Demons Raine Benares, #3

    Raine Benares belongs to a family that is considered thieves and pirates. They are all human with little to no magical powers. Raine, though, is a seeker. That is she has the power to locate missing things and people. Her life changed when...

  • Review: The Alchemist's Pursuit

    Dave Duncan has done it again. While it may help to read the two previous books in this series first, it does stand alone, and it is amazing. I started reading it around 10 am on Saturday, and finished it before bedtime. Murder, loyalty,...

  • Review: In Shade and Shadow

    WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK FIRST. This is the seventh book in the series, although the first six books went in a different direction than this one did. But if you don’t read the first six, this one won’t always make sense, and...

  • Review: A Magic of Nightfall A Novel of the Nessantico Cycle

    WARNING: READ A MAGIC OF TWILIGHT FIRST. Everything will make much more sense if you do.    A Magic of Nightfall has a mystery, several intrigues, betrayal, madness, and lots and lots of politics. The Nessantico cycle is full of such...

  • Review: Wings of Wrath (Magister Trilogy Series #2)

    Ancient prophesies are starting to come true and Kamala and Rhys are integral parts of saving their world. Kamala is a Magister, sorcerers who become immortal, and the only female one. Rhys is a Guardian, a special warrior dedicated to protecting the...

  • Review: The Shadow Queen Black Jewels Series #7

    I practically squeaked with joy when The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop arrived in the mail. I have been a fan of this series from way back. I stumbled upon the Black Jewels Trilogy when all three were out. Usually I NEVER buy all the books in a series in...

  • Review: The Hidden City The House War, #1

    Michelle West weaves a gripping tale with charismatic characters, an intricate plot, and plenty of drama and suspense. I never quite knew what would happen next and the characters were complex and often surprised me. Something to keep in mind is that...

  • Review: Blood Blade Skinners, #1

    Vampires and Werewolves are the stuff of myth, legend, movies and video games … Aren’t they? Cole Warnecki is a video game designer and programmer who decides to take a vacation camping and hunting in the wilds of Canada. What he finds on...

  • Review: Living with Ghosts

    Living with Ghosts was a lovely book. I adored the premise, the characters, the twisty plot, the city, all of it. There was just enough politics to raise this above the usual alternate/psuedo historical novel, just a hint of love to fulfill the romantic...

  • Review: The Stepsister Scheme Princess Novels, #1

    The stepsister scheme is an eye-opening romp through once-familiar fairy tales – the stepsister scheme had me hooked from the start.   Sleeping beauty an accomplished fighter, Snow White a sorceress of mirrors, and an abducted husband? Definitely...

  • Review: Airs of Night and Sea Book Three

    This is Book 3 in the Horsemistress series and I’m honestly heartbroken to see it end. The author is quite talented and very imaginative in creating such a beautifully vivid story as she has done within these pages.   I loved that the...

  • Review: City of Jade A Novel of Mithgar

    City of Jade, a novel from the Mithgar Series, follows the adventures of Aravan and his lover Aylis (and a bunch of others) as they travel around meeting friends and thwarting enemies. Once they board the Eroean, his ship, they try to find the City of...

  • Review: Moving Targets Mercedes Lackey (Editor) - Anthology of Stories set in the Valdemar universe

    I enjoyed riding circuit with some of my favorite authors in this anthology, but sadly the overall impression seems to be lackluster and easily forgettable. There are some gems in the mix, but considering there were 14 stories in this anthology, they...

  • Review: The Meruk Episodes I-V

    This is one you don’t want to miss! Levigne has given us a character that the reader comes to love and admire. Each turn of the page brings a new challenge for Maruk and gives us more of the engaging portrait that makes this character come off the...

  • Review: The Scourge of God The Sunrise Lands Series - Book 2

    High adventure of the type that myths and legends are made of, that is where Rudi MacKenzie finds himself in this portion of the saga. Without technology, men and women are left to face life in both its best and worst forms with little more than bows...

  • Review: The Crown

    I couldn't get into this story, and perhaps it was because I didn't read the book before it. I wanted a lot more of Shadrael and Lea's life before they met each other. They were almost two-dimensional characters, Lea full of saccharine sweetness and light...

  • Review: The Black Ship A Novel of Crosspointe

    Thorn's story was mesmerizing from the outset. Even without the court intrigue, the workings of his head and the Pilot's guild was enough to make for an outstanding story. Add in the very interesting character of Plusby and the charmers whose cause Thorn...

  • Review: The Sharing Knife: Horizon Sharing Knife Series #4

    This was the conclusion to a wonderful series and it didn’t disappoint. I am most sad to say goodbye to Fawn and Dag, Remo and Barr, Whit and Berry. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, don’t start at the end, I beg you.  ...

  • Review: Men of the Otherworld

    As a curious six year old, Clayton discovered the secret that werewolves do exist. Instead of running from that fact, he asked to get bitten. That lead to a time when he was alone and trying to deal with the shock of his new existence, it is...

  • Review: A Brother's Price

    In some ways, A Brother's Price is a classic love story. Person A meets person B, they fall madly in love, and they overcome the various obstacles to their marriage, beat the bad guys, and get married. However, there are several interesting...

  • Review: Fortune and Fate Book 5

    I truly enjoyed this story, especially in light of how Sharon Shinn described Wen's emotions and reactions to what had happened to the man she was supposed to guard. Her guilt, shame, and regret were vividly presented and it was a new take on a story...

  • Review: Outcast

    Sayana Nakamura is a member of one of the most important houses of the planet Kanasum with the silver eyes indigo hair to prove it. But after her family name is tainted, it is expected for her mother, her sisters and herself to kill themselves to restore...

  • Review: Heir to Sevenwaters

    The discovery of this book was a most welcome surprise, as I had not been anticipating a return to the world of Sevenwaters. This story follows in the beloved footsteps of the previous books, masterfully weaving together love, family, and high adventure....

  • Review: The Bell at Sealey Head

    When reading a story by Patrica McKillip, it's about the journey, not the ending. At certain times, this can get frustrating when all one wants is more than just a hint of the happily ever after. I would have liked to know how Ysabo fared with that knight...

  • Review: Foundation - 1

    This is an interesting glimpse into the beginning of the Herald's Collegium. This is definitely a pate-turner as Mags is an interesting and charismatic narrator. I did find how he managed to get information pumped into his head a rather cheap trick, it...

  • Review: Wanderlust

    I was so excited to get my hands on the sequel to Grimspace. Sirantha Jax has endured weeks of hearings and has been separated from the rest of the crew during that time. When they are finally reunited, it is to be informed that the Conglomerate wants...

  • Review: Living With The Dead

    Robyn Peltier is trying to make a new life for herself after her husband's untimely death. She is kind of adrift without him and trying to continue on. She finds a job as a PR consultant for celebrities and enjoys her job, even though sometimes the celebs...

  • Review: The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary Edition

    This is a story of a young unicorn that has lived a solitary existence in a wood and one day wonders if she is the only unicorn left. So she sets out on a quest to find other unicorns like her in the world. Along the way she meets lots of colorful...

  • Review: Gordath Wood

    Lynn Romano is the stable manager for Hunter’s Chase, a horse stable just north of New York City that has extremely expensive show horses. While at a show on the other side of Gordath Wood, an earthquake happens spooking Dungiven, a gray horse. Unable...

  • Review: Slave Boy

    Master Haven (Servant of the Light) and his Novice former slave boy Wren are sent to Gow Gi Nef to Mediate. Their job is to be mediator between the Gowens and the war like Tiberions who want to blow Gow Gi Nef out of space. Maser Haven finds the Tiberions...

  • Review: Love in the Time of Fridges

    New Seattle Welcomes Visitors* *See exclusions That sign should have been enough to clue in former cop Huckleberry Lindbergh that going home (or at least, to the last place resembling home) is often difficult, sometimes dangerous. And in the city of New...

  • Review: Daemons Are Forever Book 2

    This is a new twist on the story of something nasty that is out there to get mankind and there are a select few who are more than human who are the only thing standing between mankind and the nasties. This story is about Droods, people who have magical...

  • Review: Charlie's Bargain

    Charlie’s Bargain is an absolutely primal trip for the female libido. Though she grew up in wealth, Charlotte Elizabeth Owens- Stratton is a woman who has had her share of misfortunes. After her family lost its fortunes, she’s forced to live...

  • Review: Ink and Steel A Novel of the Promethean Age - Book 3

    Queen Elizabeth is on the throne of England.  Sorcerers are determined to destroy England but a group of men belonging to the Prometheus Club are working on stopping them.  Kit Marley is a poet, playwright and a spy with this group.  His...

  • Review: Fall With Honor The Vampire Earth, Book 7

    Far into the future Earth has been invaded by alien Vampires called the Kurians. For years they have ruled Earth until a time when man has risen up and rebelled against their bloody rule. Fall With Honor begins with Southern Command sending Valentine...

  • Review: Soul Of Fire

    Peter Farewell had his own problems being a were and a dragon at that, he didn't need any more complications. But when he saw a young woman about to fall to her death off a high balcony, he couldn't resist saving her and being her knight, err…dragon...

  • Review: Night Child An OSI Novel

    I had a problem with this book right off, which is unusual for me. I found the first chapter very off putting. The technical aspects of an Occult Special Investigator (CSI for paranormals) were overwhelming and it was a little short of character building....

  • Review: Batman Gotham Knight

    Thanks to Dr. Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow the Narrows section of Gotham is closed off from the rest of the city, but some of its former inhabitants, which had resided at Arkham Asylum, have made their way in the city. Batman is hunting them down while...

  • Review: Jinx Bigtime superhero series, Book 3

    This was a laugh-out-loud book that had me frantically flipping through the pages to see what would happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed the unconventional Bella and the plot - it's refreshing to see an alternative to the power hungry, all-powerful character...

  • Review: The Time of New Weather

    Buddy LeBlanc has the unique talent of performing tiny miracles in a time when monumental miracles are needed. The America Corporation (TAC) has taken over the federal government of the United States and is systematically stripping away the rights of...

  • Interview: Roxanne Interviews Colleen Gleason

    I've read that you have been writing for as long as you can remember. When did you seriously try to start writing for a living? I wrote for years. Off and on through college and beyond. I wrote eight books before selling my ninth novel, and I guess I...

  • Review: Armed and Magical Raine Benares, #2

    Raine Benares grew up as a seeker in a family of questionable morals. That is her family had no problem finding new homes for other people's possessions. Her cousin is a pirate. A seeker is one who can find things, people or items. It's not a great, impressive...

  • Review: The Invisible Ring A Black Jewels Novel

    This is the fourth book in the Black Jewels series. This is a stand-alone book that can be read and be understandable because it deals with characters that are not in the previous books except for a few cameos in this story. On the world where the Black...

  • Review: Wizards Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy - Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Eoin Colfer, and others.

    Nineteen authors come together to form a collection of stories filled with wizards, and magical words in both ancient and modern times. The anthology kicks off with Neil Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone" staring Bod, a boy being raised in a cemetery and...

  • Review: Personal Demons

    Dr. Megan Chase is a counseling psychologist who has a new radio show. She's also psychic which admittedly helps her be a great psycholigist. Her Radio show boss came up with this Demon Slayer promo for the show that Megan doesn't like at all. Being psychic...

  • Review: Desires Unleashed The Knights of the Darkness Chronicles, #1

    Desires Unleashed is like no paranormal book I've ever read. It's not to be picked up and just skimmed through. Each chapter holds hidden depths, twists and irony that will have you waiting for the next horrifying act or hilarious laugh. D.N. Simmons...

  • Review: A Kiss Before The Apocalypse A Remy Chandler Novel, Book 1

    A Kiss Before The Apocalypse is the story of Boston PI Remy Chandler who is more than just a normal human. He's an angel who hundreds of years ago decided to leave Heaven to live on Earth after the Great War with the Morningstar. Although he looks like...

  • Review: Alien Genes 1 Daughter of Atuk

    Theunissen weaves a yarn that transcends the bonds of human time to reveal a species that has been awaiting its savior for millennia. When Cathy, a student of ancient history, befriends an unusual gentleman, she finds herself involved in a series of events...

  • Review: The Queen's Bastard The Inheritors' Cycle, Book 1

    This was a solid fantasy built from a lot of research and brimming with detail. We meet Belinda Primrose as a child. She is raised in the country, far from the court of the Queen where her uncle, who is actually her father, serves. He comes to visit periodically...

  • Review: Heart of Light

    Heart of Light is based in the Victorian British Empire. However, this Empire has magical abilities. In Europe, thanks to Charlemagne, the noble houses have some degree of magical ability. In the rest of the world most people have at least a small amount...

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The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy


A HAWK’S PLEDGE

The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .

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