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Review: “Irona 700,” Dave Duncan

Pros: Fascinating world and government Cons: I don’t always find politics riveting Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book provided by publisher.   Dave Duncan’s Irona 700 takes place in his own fantasy world–magic exists, religion controls a lot of

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Review: “Downfall,” Rob Thurman

Pros: Book nine and I’m still enthralled! Cons: I feel like I missed some things Rating: 4 out of 5 Rob Thurman’s Downfall, book nine in her Leandros Brothers/Cal Leandros series, could see the end of Cal and his brother

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Review: “The Monstrous”, ed. Ellen Datlow

Pros: Excellent tales of monsters of all kinds Cons: Some still confuse me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. I rarely rate anthologies above a three–maybe a four at most. The thing

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Review: “Transcendence,” Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Pros: Some fascinating stories Cons: A few that felt as though they ended early; some confusion Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/22/2015. Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Transcendence is a collection

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Review: “Bridge of Dreams,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Great characterizations and an interesting plot; stunning short story at the end Cons: I’m still not all that fond of Lee Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Bridge of Dreams is book three in Anne Bishop’s Ephemera series, after Sebastian

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Review: “Belladonna,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fascinating world-building; great new character Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Belladonna (Ephemera, Book 2) comes after Sebastian, a book I certainly enjoyed. If anything I liked Belladonna even better. The lands of the world have been fragmented

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Review: “In the Forests of Serre,” Patricia McKillip

Pros: A fragrant stew of great magics, an old witch, and missing hearts Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Patricia McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre has a folk tale feel to it–magical, mysterious, with grave dangers to be

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Review: “Larkspur,” V.M. Jaskiernia

Pros: Many characters feel flat Cons: The story has barely begun Rating: 3 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by author for this review. V.M. Jaskiernia’s Larkspur, or A Necromancer’s Romance (Larkspur Series vol. 1; Clandestina) is quite short.

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Review: “Vision in Silver,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Harrowing and delightful Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 There are two major plot threads in Anne Bishop’s Vision in Silver: A Novel of the Others. In one, Meg is helping the Others and the Intuits figure out

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Review: “Sebastian,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fascinating world(s), interesting concepts Cons: Frustrating relationship developments Rating: 4 out of 5 Sebastian (Ephemera, Book 1), by Anne Bishop, introduces us to Sebastian–a half-human, half-incubus. He lives in a world of eternal night. It suits him well, but

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