Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

29 Mar 2016 by

Heir of Night is a solid entry into the epic fantasy genre with a lot of promise. Synopsis Malian is a girl, but she’s also the Heir to the House of Night. An only child, her line stops with her. According to the old prophecy, if Night falls, all fall. No wonder people begin to panic when the Derai’s ancient enemy, the Darkswarm, target Malian and invade the Keep of Winds. Luckily, Malian has a whole host of interesting people on her side: Kalan, a priest of the Temple; Asantir, Honor Captain; Sister Korriya, blood-kin; Haimyr, a bard full of mystery; Nhairin, the high steward and lifelong guide. After all, the prophecy also stated that when the One came again, she would not be alone. Unfortunately, it seems someone, somewhere has betrayed Malian. While the Earl of Night, Tasarion,...

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A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan...

13 Oct 2015 by

A Crucible of Souls, a driven epic fantasy novel, has all the delicious meat of a Wheel of Time book without any of the fatty repetition.

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Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill [From the Archives]...

8 Oct 2015 by

Dreams and Shadows is a pessimistically brilliant and depressingly gripping novel – and utterly unforgettable. It brings you to the brink of hope that there is something beautiful ahead, and then throws you under the bus while laughing maniacally.

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Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

25 Sep 2014 by

Burn For Me is the most emotional and engrossing supernatural alternate history romance I’ve read in many, many, many months (and I read over a hundred books every year). If I leave feminist literary criticism to the wayside, then I can confidently say that it’s one of the best of any type of book that I’ve read in nearly the same amount of time. Immediately upon finishing the book, I can draw upon read-alike comparisons J. D. Robb, Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K. Hamilton (before she devolved into plot-less erotica).

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Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour...

17 Jul 2014 by

Melodramatic and youthful, Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour is a modern adaptation of the Scottish ballad of Tam Lin told for a young adult audience. Synopsis College freshman Serafina Sullivan is grieving the recent death of her sister, Lily Rose, and the past death of her mother when she and her father pick up and move across country, from west coast to east, to a mysterious and history-steeped small New York college town. Immediately upon her arrival she notices some slightly off-center events like a creepy broken altar inside an abandoned chapel covered in a moldy pink cake. She’s quickly distracted from these quirky affairs when she meets Jack Fata, a member of the secretive, wealthy, and glamorous Fata family. Young Jack has red-tipped dark hair, a tiny ruby in his nostril, and an...

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