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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: “Cast in Sorrow,” Michelle Sagara

Pros: Fantastic world-building; definitely different Cons: Plenty of confusion Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Kaylin Neya, a private in the law-enforcing Hawks, is marked with mysterious runes on her skin that give her strange abilities. These–and her stubbornness, curiosity, and

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Non-Review: “Song of the Dragon,” Tracy Hickman

Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The elves of the Rhonas Empire have carved a path of conquest throughout the civilized lands, enslaving humans, chimera, manticores, goblins, and every other race they encounter. … But legends tell of a

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Review: “Gift of Magic,” Lynn Kurland

Pros: A lovely story… Cons: …caught short by a couple of late-blooming cliches Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Lynn Kurland’s Gift of Magic is a novel of the Nine Kingdoms. Novel number six,

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"A Magic of Twilight," S.L. Farrell

Pros: Fascinating world and plotting Cons: Some of the characters (particularly the females) were a bit flat Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   “Nessantico is a city rich with place and presence, with culture

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