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The Last Days of Magic

"The Last Days of Magic", by Mark Tompkins, is a very well written book. The author intermingles history, legends, and magic quite well. I found the characters fascinating and enjoyed following each one of them throughout the book. Anyone w...

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Brimstone

“Brimstone” overall was a pretty good book, but it did lack the action and fast paced flow that I've come to love. I felt like for most of the book I just wanted to skip to the end and find out what happened. It was compelled to know how th...

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Sun Born - Book Two of the Morning Star Trilogy / North America's Forgotten Past

“Sun Born” by W. Michael & Kathleen O’Neal Gear is the second book in the Morning Star series featuring the Cahokia Mounds people. This sequel features Lady Night Shadow Star (sister to the human body of Morning Star), facing what might be...

3 Stars

Daughter of Albion - A Novel of Ancient Britain

This book kept looking at me on the list so I decided to get it so it would leave me alone. And what I found was a take it or leave it book. The pacing of this story was pretty fast and it didn't take long to get to the end. There are no st...

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Masks and Shadows

Masks and Shadows is a wonderful historical story with a hint of magic. It is definitely one for the lover of historical / classics. If you love dramatic love affairs, mystery secret societies, and amazing lavish descriptions then this book...

4 Stars

Against a Brightening Sky

Against a Brightening Sky is a wonderful book and I couldn't put it down. I loved the historical background to the story and the descriptions were beautiful! I loved her characters and Delia has become such a strong woman. I did not feel li...

4 Stars

Chapelwood - The Borden Dispatches, #2

A chilling blend of Lovecraftian horror and Gothic terror. Priest turns the real life presumed historical villain Lizzie Borden into a fictional hero who wields her ax to save the world from darkness and ancient evil. Chapelwood resumes app...

5 Stars

The Wild Girl

I was entirely surprised by my reading of this story simply for the bold fact that nothing about the actual novel was what I was expecting. I would consider this reasoning to be both a positive and a negative considering by what I discovere...

4 Stars

Lamp Black, Wolf Grey

I would not normally read stories like this one but I fell in love with cover. It's gorgeous! The setting and descriptions were wonderful (How can you not fall in love with Wales!!). As for the characters, I really did not like Laura. I jus...

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Cannonbridge

What a unique story idea. To have the power to create a being and not just any being but a beloved and powerful man that everyone knows or has met. He has been influential throughout time and has been integral to many of the famously creati...

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The Silver Witch

The Silver Witch is an incredible story that quickly drew me into its magic filled plot. The characters were exciting and I was eager to discover what the author had in store for them. It took me just two days to read this novel because I c...

4 Stars

Master of Plagues - A Nicolas Lenoir Novel, #2

Plague has come to the city and it doesn’t appear to have come naturally. Horrible in its affects, it becomes clear that someone has deliberately spread this illness through the populace. Time is not on Inspector Lenoir and his partner Serg...

4 Stars
  • Author: E.L. Tettensor
  • Review by: Leslee
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, * Fantasy, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: ROC

The Eighth Guardian - Annum Guard Book, #1

I had a hard time reading The Eighth Guardian. While the story concept was great the actual story telling was not for me. I want a book that catches my attention within the first 50 to 100 pages and unfortunately with every chapter that I r...

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  • Author: Meredith McCardle
  • Review by: ErinP
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Skyscape

Blackout - Annum Guard Book, #2

I thought Blackout was book one to the Annum Guard series and then found out that it was book two. I have since ordered book one. Oh my God, this book was so good! Even without reading book one I wasn’t too lost. A friend had read book one,...

5 Stars

Silverblind - Ironskin, #3

Throughout the Ironskin books I have loved Jane the most. Dorie shines with her fey magic and THIS is what I wish the other two books would have had! This one is a world wind of story, action, and magic and does a great job for ending this...

4 Stars

Kinslayer - The Lotus War Trilogy, #2

Kinslayer for the most part was boring. I nearly didn't make it through book one and well this one was no better. I experienced off the wall names and things that I couldn't pronounce let alone understand what it was. I just ended up having...

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Color Song - A Passion Blue Novel, #2

Do you ever get tired of Gender roles? Ever say I want to do this but can’t because of my gender? Well this book can give you the courage you may need to do something about it. Color Song is about one girl whose only wish is to paint and sh...

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  • Author: Victoria Strauss
  • Review by: ShaniquaHarris
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Skyscape

Life Behind the Wall - Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure

Have you ever wanted to know how it felt to be a teenager growing up in Berlin…after Hitler killed himself? What about during the time when the wall was just built? Or even when it finally opened the borders to everyone? If so I recommend y...

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The Ghosts of Watt O'Hugh - Watt O'Hugh, #1

Do you believe in Ghosts? One person does and his name is Watt O'Hugh the third. If you join him in his adventures you might just believe in ghosts too. The Ghost of Watt O'Hugh is the biography of a dying man and his wish to leave you with...

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Watt O'Hugh Underground - Watt O'Hugh, #2

Our Wild West hero is back. Did you miss him? I know I did. This is the second book in what is turning out to be a potentially good series. I would like to thank the author, Steven S. Drachmann, for providing me a great read. I hope I do it...

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People of the Morning Star - North America's Forgotten Past

Having read some of W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s previous books, I was intrigued to start their newest book, “People of the Morning Star”. Covering the tribes living in what is now known as the Cahokia Mounds, the book is set...

4 Stars

The Copernicus Legacy - The Serpent's Curse, #2

I love this book! I started The Copernicus Legacy as soon as I finished book one. It was 1am in the morning, but I had to go continue the series. I devoured both the first and second books. I can hardly wait to get the next one. The Coperni...

5 Stars

Maplecroft - The Borden Dispatches, #1

Maplecroft is written from various points of view, by way of letters and journals. Although, the story itself was very interesting, because of the way it was written, it was a challenge to follow. I thought the characters were realistic for...

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The Glass Sentence - The Mapmakers Trilogy, #1

The Glass Sentence is a truly fascinating story. The premise of a world fractured into different times is an exciting one. The book is the beginning of a series aimed at middle school aged kids. I did have my 12 year old read it to get a ki...

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Copperhead - Ironskin, #2

Copperhead by Tina Connolly is enchanting, but lacks finesse in its pacing. I enjoyed that the sequel gave more of an explanation of the fey, and the real feelings of the people towards the fey, which was sort of glossed over in Ironskin. H...

3 Stars

Darkwalker - A Nicolas Lenoir Novel, #1

I don’t read a lot of fantasy anymore. They all started to sound alike; a quest with a band of misfits trying to save the world, etc. Now I look for the unusual, the unique. That is what grabs my attention and piques my curiosity. So when I...

4 Stars
  • Author: E.L. Tettensor
  • Review by: Leslee
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Debut Title, * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Suspense: Mystery, Supernatural
  • Publisher: ROC

A Breath of Frost - The Lovegrove Legacy, #1

A Breath of Frost combines magical mayhem, a murder mystery and the high society of Regency London full of balls, afternoon tea and finishing schools with a difference. I loved the mystery surrounding the girl's powers and why Emma's mother...

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Delia's Shadow

This book is one of the best I’ve read in a long time, a mixture of San Francisco history after the great quake and fire in 1906, along with a bit of the supernatural which introduces Delia’s Shadow. Delia ran away from San Francisco after...

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  • Author: Jaime Lee Moyer
  • Review by: Mary Lignor
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Debut Title, * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romantic Elements, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Tor Books

The Deepest Night - The Sweetest Dark, #2

Fantasy, dragons, and magic! What more could a story need?! The Deepest Night was a one day read and was so good! Shana Abe is definitely an author that I am going to want to read more from! This is book two in the The Sweetest Dark series...

5 Stars
  • Author: Shana Abe
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Bantam

The Sweetest Dark

I had very little back story before beginning The Sweetest Dark, having only read the synopsis on the back cover, and I'm glad I did. The less you know the better. Orphan and ex-insane asylum patient Lora (Eleanor) can hear sounds and songs...

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  • Author: Shana Abe
  • Review by: Emireally
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Bantam

Portlandtown - A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes, #1

I’m not much of a zombie fan but a novel like Portlandtown, written by Rob DeBorde, was a book I could not put down. It’s not just a “zombie story” or an “Old West” story. It’s a story of secrets, magic and mystery. It’s a story of two men,...

5 Stars

One Hospital Nightmare

When I was reading the summary of "One Hospital Nightmare", I was immediately drawn in and had to read it. I wanted to like it. I liked the plot, the aspect of some time travel, history and my favorite, Native Americans. I am sad to say tha...

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Between Two Fires

I was spellbound from the moment I opened the front cover. This story was intense and chilling. There was excellent character development and the horrors seemed lifelike. This story had all the factors needed for the ultimate good versus ev...

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Covenant of War - Lion of War Series

Covenant of War is, for me, a great read thanks to the author and the way he writes. It is a story that is told in vivid detail that brings the story alive through its setting, its characters, and its story. The reader, or at least this rea...

4 Stars

The Third Section - The Danilov Quintet, #3

These are not your Twilight, non-blood drinking, romantic, or emotionally tortured vampires. These have all the compassion of a Jack-the –Ripper or a Zodiac killer. They must drink blood to stay alive and they are not kind. They get the mos...

4 Stars

Queen of Kings - The Immortal Story of Cleopatra

What if Cleopatra were immortal with a blood lust unsurpassed by anything ever seen? That is one of the questions that this author addresses. Cleopatra is in mourning, her husband and lover Marc Antony lies dead at his own hand believing th...

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The Broken Land - A People of the Longhouse Novel / North America's Forgotten Past

I had not read any of the Gears' books in a long while and I was glad, although unsurprised, to find the same richness of setting, characters, and plain, old-fashioned storytelling that I enjoyed before. For me, the continuation of the Peop...

5 Stars

First Bite - The Dark Woods Trilogy, #1 / The Wicked Queen's Tale

First Bite is what happens when a fairy tale retelling is done correctly. This retelling of Snow White breathes new life into the age old tale, and gives it an edge that is sure to be popular with contemporary readers. The dark imagery is b...

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Dust of the Damned

This is a great book, if you’re into Westerns (think Louis L'Amour style) and into the Supernatural (shifters and vampires). It has gritty, fast-paced action with tough women characters like Annie Oakley or sensual like Mae West. The plot s...

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A Clockwork Fairytale - Clockwork Fairytales, #1

I have to say, "A Clockwork Fairytale" is exactly as described, priests, magic, doodads, and all. If you are attached to steam punk novels, however, that aspect is only lightly handled here, instead falling into a perception of mechanical f...

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Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders - The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, #4

I loved this story. Brandreth got his research right in this novel. You can tell that he knows what he is talking about from the first sentence. But all of the research that was involved did nothing to bring down the story. This book is add...

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  • Author: Gyles Brandreth
  • Review by: Black Rose
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Supernatural, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Touchstone

Drought

This was a seriously fantastic story to read. It had so many things going on at different times that it was almost never dull or boring. There was a lot going on that even the narrator wasn't aware of in spite of the fact she was the one te...

5 Stars
  • Author: Pam Bachorz
  • Review by: IntoTheMorning
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, * Science Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Egmontusa

The Dawn Country - A People of the Longhouse Novel, #2

This is the second of a four book series about The People Of The Longhouse, the Iroquois The Gears have given us an exciting recreation of the 1400’s in North America, set in what is now known as New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and...

4 Stars

A Vampire in Whitechapel

Victorian London. Abel, a vampire, walks the streets of Victorian London in search of his next meal. Soon, he discovers he’s not the only blood-thirsty creature haunting the bleak streets. Jack the Ripper is in full force, mutilating...

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Thirteen Years Later - The Danilov Quintet, #2

Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent is a historical paranormal military fiction. The book is set during 1825 which leads up to the mysterious death Tsar Alexander I of Russia and the Decembrist Uprising. Set thirteen years after Aleksei Dan...

4 Stars

The House on Durrow Street

The House on Durrow Street is the second book in a fantasy series by Galen Becket set in the magical island of Atlantia. This series takes place during a timeline that is very similar to Regency England and the books have an Austeneque feel...

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The Native Star

Emily Edwards is a small-town girl in post-Civil War California, practicing her simple folk magic on things like casting a love spell on the local lumberman, whom she thinks will make a good husband. She also tries to avoid local warlock Dr...

5 Stars

Twelve - The Danilov Quintet, #1

Jasper Kent’s Twelve: Russia 1812 is a nice blend of dark fantasy and historical fantasy. Set during the time of Napoleon’s reign and war with Russia, is filled with lots of detail dealing with war. The story focuses on Captain...

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Hawk of May - Arthurian Trilogy, Book 1

High King Uther, Pendragon of Britain has died. He has no clear heir and many under kings are willing to fight for his place including King Lot mac Cormac of the Innsi Ere. Lot is married to Uther’s daughter, Morgawse. Morgawse is a b...

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Lincoln's Sword

The country is divided against itself and a lot of blood has been shed in such places as Pea Ridge and Shiloh. Mary Todd Lincol is a sibyl and her grim visions (which include seeing a certain sword) are interpreted by her friend, and an acc...

3 Stars