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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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Review: “The House of Gaian,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Stunning and emotional climax of the Tir Alainn series Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The House of Gaian is book three in the Tir Alainn Trilogy, after The Pillars of the World and Shadows and Light. In

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Review: “Shadows and Light,” Anne Bishop

Pros: No second-book slump here! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The Inquisition is working their way westward, turning the barons who rule the land against the witches, the Fae, and even their own women. Women can no longer

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Review: “The Pillars of the World,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fantastic relationships Cons: Long-term dread is not my favorite fiction feeling Rating: 4 out of 5   Ari is a witch who watches over one of the Old Places. Unfortunately the townspeople don’t seem to trust or like her,

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Review: “Dreams Made Flesh,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Strong emotions and bright, vibrant characters Cons: Read the Black Jewels trilogy first! Rating: 5 out of 5   Dreams Made Flesh (Black Jewels, Book 5), by Anne Bishop, is a collection of four stories set in the Black

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Review: “The Invisible Ring,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fantastic world-building; emotional roller-coaster Cons: Some slow-on-the-uptake folks Rating: 4 out of 5   The Invisible Ring is technically book four in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series. However, where books one through three were one continuous story, this book

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Review: “Living with Ghosts,” Kari Sperring

Pros: Rich, inexorable, and gripping Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Merafi has been safe from supernatural creatures due to an ancient pact, and it’s been so long that the inhabitants no

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Review: “Strange New Words,” by Ari Marmell

Pros: Very enjoyable collection of oddity tales Cons: Some engaged me more than others; some were more predictable than others Rating: 4 out of 5   Ari Marmell’s Strange New Words: Tales of Heroism, Hi-Jinks, and Horror is an enjoyable

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"The Havoc Machine," Steven Harper

Pros: Interesting world-building and story Cons: Some discordant tones Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The clockwork plague reduced some people to mindless plague-spreading zombies, while elevating others to

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"The Mist-Torn Witches," Barb Hendee

Pros: Magnificent characterization, pacing and plotting Cons: Somewhat standard medieval setting (not wholly a negative; read review for more details) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Celine and Amelie

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