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Short Take: “Clockwork Dragon,” Lee French, Jeffrey Cook

Pros: Delightful!! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Lee French and Jeffrey Cook’s novella Clockwork Dragon introduces us to Dwago, a clockwork dragon who was just brought to life. “Papa,” the wizard and engineer who brought him to life,

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Review: “The Fire’s Stone,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Such an engrossing story! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I had intended to read a short horror novel, but then I happened to glance over the first line of Tanya Huff’s The Fire’s Stone, and I was

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Review: “The Gossamer Mage,” Julie E. Czerneda

Pros: Fabulous worldbuilding and characters! Cons: Some confusion; a few things didn’t quite add up Rating: 4 out of 5 Julie E. Czerneda’s The Gossamer Mage is an absolutely beautiful dark fantasy tale. Tananen is the only place in the

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Review: “GlitterShip Year Two,” ed. Keffy R.M. Kehrli

Pros: Delightful queer anthology of many genres Cons: The typical anthology issue of not every story being for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 Keffy R.M. Kehrli edits the anthology GlitterShip Year Two (GlitterShip Yearly Anthologies), containing more than

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Review: “Minor Mage,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Funny, poignant, and engaging! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher writes marvelous fantasy stories with a fairy-tale feel to them. In the novella Minor Mage, twelve-year-old Oliver is a very minor mage indeed. He only knows

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Review: “Charred Roots,” Erik Kort, Lee French

Pros: This series continues to rock! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Erik Kort and Lee French wrote Charred Roots (The Greatest Sin Book 6). Seer Chavali and her friends work for the Fallen–they’ve all died and been brought

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Review: “Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space),” ed. Catherine Lundoff

Pros: Just plain piratic fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Catherine Lundoff edits the anthology Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). The stories in here run the gamut from whimsical and charming to somewhat dark. They

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Review: “The Grand Dark,” Richard Kadrey

Pros: Incredibly engrossing! Cons: A little slow at first Rating: 5 out of 5 Richard Kadrey’s The Grand Dark introduces us to Largo Moorden, a bike courier in the post-war city of Lower Proszawa. He and his girlfriend Remy, an

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Review: “The Shadowed Sun,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Such delightful characters and plot! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Shadowed Sun (The Dreamblood) is the second book in The Dreamblood Duology. And frankly, I can’t stop giving 5-star ratings to all of these

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Review: “The Killing Moon,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: What a marvel of worldbuilding! Cons: Mildly confusing at first Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon is the first book in The Dreamblood Duology. Ehiru is a priest of Hananja, a Gatherer, who collects the

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