• Review: Soulless Book 1

    Alexia Tarabotti is an unusual young woman in Victorian England. She is a spinster, half-Italian, and soulless. She finds herself in quite the predicament when she is attacked at a ball by a vampire. He didn’t know that when he touched her he would...

  • Review: Enigma

    CF Bentley gives us a new world to explore in Harmony. Enigma’s characters are full of life and vigor. It brings us an interesting view of a religion based on happiness and harmony.   High Priestess of Harmony Laudae Sissy is on the Space Station...

  • Review: Silver Mage Silver Wyrm Series #4

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  • Review: Wireless

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  • Review: The Trouble with Heroes Editor: Denise Little

    In school I was one of the students who would ask the smart aleck questions when the teachers would talk about wanting us to be more open with our opinions.  I remember one in particular in Film as Art class being along the lines of 'Its all well...

  • Review: Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnies

    Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnies is certainly true to its name.  Both highly interesting animals have their own stories attached to them, though I found I enjoyed the Killer Bunnies one (BunRabs by Donald J. Bingle) the more entertaining (and darkly...

  • Review: Born of Fire League Series #2

    Kenyon’s newest Science Fiction Romance is strongly character driven and has a very twisty plot. This is the second in the League series, but can stand-alone. I’ve read both and encourage readers to pick up both and start out with Born of...

  • Review: Dust

    Susan Berliner gives us an amazing mysterious supernatural story in Dust. It intrigues and holds the readers attention, while pulling them in and not letting them put it down. The characters are bold and full of life helping you feel everything they are...

  • Review: Chapterhouse - Dune

    I found the final book of the Dune series to be just as intense and compelling as the last six novels in the series. Frank Herbert has such depth and richness in his characters that you almost can feel what they are feeling. His attention to detail is...

  • Review: Heart's Blood Whistling Tor Series, Book 1

    Heartbreaking and brilliant -- I loved Heart's Blood. Julliet Marillier is in rare form in Heart's Blood. The plot moves along at a quick clip, events unfolding gradually to reveal all facets of the story, but the story itself never seems rushed. Marillier's...

  • Review: Gwenhwyfar The White Spirit (a Novel of King Arthur)

    I should preface this review with the statement that I usually dislike Arthurian stories a great deal. After all, by this point it's been done ad nauseum, and all the various permutations of who is good versus bad seems to have been pretty much exhausted......

  • Review: Heroes at Risk Hero Series, #1

    Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro (Taro) Karish have returned from the Southern Islands to High Scape, the city where the academy for Shields and Sources is.ÿThey returned to the residence where all graduated Shields and Sources stay while either...

  • Review: Ariel

    When Peter Garey looked up from bathing in the river, he never expected to see an unicorn, much less one that would become not only a familiar but also a friend. Ever since the Change five years ago made all technology useless, magic and humans have wandered...

  • Review: Blood Eclipse Rapture Blood Eclipse #2

    AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly have brought Rory and Carden back in book two of Blood Eclipse. Rory and Carden make their reappearance in book two a memorable one. Hot sexy love scenes along with the balance of good versus evil makes for an amazing read. Rory...

  • Review: Rift in the Sky Stratification Series #3

    Julie Czerneda ends her Stratification Trilogy with “Rift in the Sky” as she continues to follow the clan made up of those of the Om’ray who can use the M’hir to teleport.  Aryl and her Chosen, Enris have survived the upheavals...

  • Review: Doubleblind The Jax Series, Book 3

    Jumper Sirantha Jax arrives on Ithiss-Tor for a diplomatic mission of vital importance, heaven help us all. The Ithtorians are an alien race similar in appearance to the preying mantis, to the point that some of the females have been known to behead the...

  • Review: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

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  • Review: The Better Part of Darkness Charlie Madigan Series, #1

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  • Review: Born of Night League Series, Book 1

    Born of Night takes us on a journey to another time and galaxy. I awaited this books arrival with anticipation. For many of us Kenyon fans, Born of Night is a breath of fresh air. The Dark Hunter books have been fabulous, but it’s nice to have a...

  • Review: Crystal Healer Stardoc Novel # 9

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  • Review: Three Days to Dead Dead Series, #1

    Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding was amazing! If I didn’t know that Ms. Meding was a debut author before I read this book, I wouldn’t have believed it.   Evy Stone wakes up on a slab in the morgue, confused and disoriented. It is obvious...

  • Review: Dragons and Dwarves Stories of the Cleveland Portal

    Now this was a fun one. I've always enjoyed urban fantasy, and this is a very good one.  I like the mystery aspect of each of the two books in the omnibus, I liked following the logic and the main character puts together the back story, and I like...

  • Review: Rosemary and Rue October Daye Series, #1

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  • Review: Alien Penetration

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  • Review: Just My Luck Coletti Warlords, #1

    Kaylee is a walking shit magnet; her words, not mine.  If there is trouble or danger, she’s usually sitting in the front row.  But Kaylee is a warrior, a powerful psychic, and a “siren” for her world.  Call her an advance...

  • Review: The Dark Reaches The Dark Reaches, sequel to The Hidden Worlds and The Cold Minds

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  • Review: Faery Moon

    This books makes more sense if you have previously read Hounding the Moon and Moon in the Mirror. Finally!  A female first-person narrative in which the main character does not believe she can take on the world all on her own, and using the people...

  • Review: Dark Legacy

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  • Review: Dark Legacy

    Maddie Temple is the “good” twin. She’s extremely bright and is working in a hospital ER as a doctor. For the past 3 months she’s been having nightmares brought on by her sister, Sarah.   Sarah is the “bad”...

  • Review: Broken Boundaries

    Striving to be the best, Chaz goes for one of the hardest assignments in the fleet, gunner in a state-of-the-art ship called a Needle.  No one know much about the vessel, just that you have to be the best to fly in one.  That’s good enough...

  • Review: First Rider's Call Green Rider, #2

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  • Review: The Pretender's Crown Book Two of the Inheritors' Cycle

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  • Review: The Hound and the Falcon

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  • Review: Men of the Otherworld

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  • Review: Hunting Ground Alpha and Omega series, Book 2

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  • Review: Betrayal

    Eliani is enjoying her last day before her confirmation of majority ceremony.  Tomorrow she turns 50 and not only reaches majority but also will be named nextkin to the governor of Alpinon.  As she relaxing in her favorite spot up in a tree,...

  • Review: Ice Song

    GAH!  Good book, interesting ideas, cool execution, but GAH!  She should not still be lactating after all that she’s been through and with the length of time she’s been away from her babies!  I mean, the woman turns into a man,...

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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 . . .