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Review: “The Stone Prince,” Fiona Patton

Pros: Beautiful storytelling Cons: A hugely confusing number of names and titles Rating: 4 out of 5 Demnor is the heir to the throne of Branion. Someday, when his mother dies, he will take over and become the Aristok, also

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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: “When They Shine Brightest,” Yordan Zhelyazkov

Pros: Interesting world-building Cons: Awkward, and it was hard to like anyone Rating: 3 out of 5 Korsak is a Wayfarer soldier, but he was nursed back to health after an injury–by one of the peoples his nation makes war

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Review: “Hunter,” Mercedes Lackey

Pros: Wish fulfillment fantasy Cons: Wish fulfillment fantasy Rating: 5 out of 5 Joyeaux Charmand is a Hunter. She can wield magic, and summon an extremely unusual pack of otherworldly hounds, in order to fight against creatures called “Othersiders”. Ever

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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: “That Risen Snow,” Rob E. Boley

Pros: Really drew me in! Cons: Mild confusions Rating: 4 out of 5   Rob Boley’s That Risen Snow: A Scary Tale of Snow White and Zombies (The Scary Tales Book 1) is a roller coaster ride of zombies, unrequited

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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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