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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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Review: “Twilight’s Dawn”, Anne Bishop

Pros: Four wonderful stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Twilight’s Dawn is a collection of four stories that all take place within her Black Jewels world. Each one states where in the timespan of the other

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Review: “Shalador’s Lady,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Delightfully dark, sweet, fun, tense in turns Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Shalador’s Lady is a Black Jewels Novel. It comes right after The Shadow Queen in both book order and plot order; it’s a

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Review: “The Shadow Queen,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Interesting interactions between castes; lovely story Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s The Shadow Queen: A Black Jewels Novel occurs some years after the events of The Invisible Ring. It would help to have that background,

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Review: “Tangled Webs,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Odd and fascinating little murder mystery/haunted house theme! Cons: Not as emotionally gripping; one thing I don’t understand yet Rating: 4 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Tangled Webs: A Black Jewels Novel tosses familiar characters Surreal and Rainier into

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