Blood Ghast Blues Standalone Sequel to Black Box Inc.
by Jake Bible
Bell Bridge Books
Horror , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 13 Apr 2018
If the A-Team were able to kick butt with magic as well as munitions, then they would probably look something like Chase Lawter and his team. An omnisexual yeti, a Fae trained assassin, a zombie business manager and Chase - the only known worker of dim - make for a group as vibrant and varied as the iconic 80s commandos. It”s difficult to say whether I enjoy the action or the banter more. Despite having the occasional squabble, Black Box Inc works as a team, and will always stand up for each other.
In Blood Ghast Blues, Chase is given an offer that he can’t refuse. The day starts like any other. A client who hasn’t paid his bill needs Chase to open his “box”. To facilitate things, a local crimelord, The One Guy offers to pay the bill. But this is only the first odd event. Someone has summoned blood ghasts and they are leaving blood and ter...
The Skaar Invasion by Terry Brooks
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 19 Jun 2018
I’ve always had a soft spot for Terry Brooks’ Shannara novels, as they were part of what made me love fantasy and science fiction from an early age. Although the newer ones were of varying quality, I still remained a loyal reader. The Skaar Invasion is one of the better of the recent installments in the series. The novel picks up from where The Black Elfstone ends. Drisker Arc is trapped in limbo inside the Druid fortress of Paranor. Dar Leah is seeking Drisker’s apprentice Tarsha in hopes she can help free Drisker. Meanwhile, the Skaar advanced force is moving further into the Four Lands and is manipulating both the Federation and the elves, and Clizia Porse is plotting the death of Drisker Arc and a new Druid order of her design and under her control.
The style of narration allows the reader to be privy to each character’s thoughts and...
Growing up I loved the Pip and Flinx adventures - I read and reread the novels, loving every minute. I was happy to have the opportunity to review Strange Music. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. It had only a shadow of a plot - finding a human interfering in the development of a world not yet part of the Commonwealth. Flinx is pure ego with no ingenuity. And as to the villains, well they are as textbook as can be. Where is Alan Dean Foster’s trademark humor and creativity? Where is the plot? It is almost as if he’s gotten tired of two of his most beloved creations and is simply making the motions. I have to admit that towards the end the novel improved significantly, but it doesn’t make up for the lackluster bulk of the novel
The Censor's Hand Book One of the Thrice~Crossed Swords Trilogy
by A.M. Steiner
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 14 May 2017
A M Steiner has a great future as a writer. The Censor’s Hand is a captivating fantasy with a unique worldview and an unusual and uncanny take on magic. The masters of magic do so by going to strange and unusual extremes. There is not one way to do magic. It is highly individualized. It is also highly profitable and previously open only to men. The masters of the Honourable Company of Cunning sell their endeavors to the highest bidder. This has caused the rise and ruin of many including Jonathan - a man whose mill hasn’t fared well since the winds have been diverted by magic.
The story begins with a conspiracy and a murder. From there we are introduced to the main characters. Miranda - an extremely able young woman, a genius who wants to become a master of the cunning arts, something no woman has ever been permitted to...
Absolutely fantastic! The Bronze Skies is a thrilling blend of science fiction and mystery set on a world divided. The rich live above ground while the poor live in the ancient aqueducts beneath the surface. Bhaajan is a troubleshooter for the Majda family, a detective respected in the Undercity and able to fit in in the city above. Bhaajan’s newest case involves an impossible murder witnessed by none other than the Ruby Pharoah. Jagernauts, enhanced with biotech and subject to a demanding honor code enforced by a spinal implant, should be unable to commit murder. But somehow one individual went haywire and murdered a government aide - and is likely to kill again. Bhaajan must discover not only why the event happened, but where the jagneraut is hiding. Bhaajan’s investigation takes her into the depths of the planet, bringing her face to face with her past and the alien intellige...
I loved the original Dragonbone Chair trilogy, so it was with high expectations and with great excitement that I picked up The Witchwood Crown. I was immediately reminded how rewarding a complex, character driven fantasy can be. This isn’t a straightforward good vs evil tale. It is very complicated, with individuals having different motives and ideals that influence their actions (on both sides). Threads of lives weave together to create a vast overarching story.
Simon and Miri rule as High King and High Queen of Osten Ard. At the onset they are traveling through their lands to see an old friend,Duke Isgrimnur, who is near passing. Many of their old friends come together to share news, not all of it good. The Norns are active once more. Their immortal Queen has awoken, and she has plans to reignite the war between the races. I don’t want to reveal too much. It...
I was not impressed by The Poisoned Quarrel. Despite trying time and again to immerse myself in the story, I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t like any of the characters, even the “good” guys Bridgit and Fallon. Brendan and his constant, barely suppressed rage was distasteful in the extreme. The story moves at a glacial pace alternating between Fallon and his crew, Swane and Duchess Dina, and the Kottermani princess. Duncan Lay tries to emulate the vast machinations of George RR Martin, but the story isn’t interesting enough to compare. On the one hand, you have Swane scheming to retake the throne (easily falling under Duchess Dina’s seductive influence). On the other you have Bridgit and Fallon planning for a famine as the guilds and magic users have left. While it may have worked for a serial, the slow pace and lack of a clear story arc doesn’...
I’ve always loved a good fantasy novel. Since I was a child, my nightstand has been piled high with the classics. But that doesn’t mean I’m not selective. Age of Myth is one of the better works of epic fantasy that I’ve read. The central characters, Raithe, Malcolm, Persephone, Suri and Arion are all richly detailed individuals who vividly bring Sullivan’s world to life. The pace of the tale is slow at the beginning, but once the threads start pulling together the reader is rewarded with a complex and beguiling tale where the actions of just a few set the world into a cascade of change.
Humans (rhunes) worship the Fhrey as gods. By comparison they are immortal, invincible in combat and skilled in magic. To the Fhrey, humans are little better than beast, multiplying rapidly and living in squalor. Afte...