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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: “Throne of the Crescent Moon,” Saladin Ahmed

Pros: Unusual tale Cons: Some pacing issues Rating: 4 out of 5 Throne of the Crescent Moon is book one of Saladin Ahmed’s Crescent Moon Kingdoms series. It’s also Ahmed’s first novel, and I don’t often see such well-executed first

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Review: “Gunmetal Magic,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Both the novel and the novella are delicious! I love getting to see more of Andrea. Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Gunmetal Magic is set in the same world as Andrews’s Kate Daniels novels. Only

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Review: “The Burning Land,” Victoria Strauss

Pros: Fascinating world-building; interesting relationships; inventive religious plots Cons: Some predictable (and depressing) events and people Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher via NetGalley.   The Burning Land is book one of the “Way of

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Review: “Night Season,” Eileen Wilks

Pros: Cynna and Cullen’s relationship Cons: This volume reminds me more of other urban fantasy worlds Rating: 4 out of 5 Eileen Wilks’s Night Season (The World of the Lupi, Book 4) didn’t catch me up quite as much as

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Review: “Cast in Flame,” Michelle Sagara

Pros: Wonderful climactic battle; fascinating new characters Cons: Sometimes confused as to who is saying what; Severn is still under-utilized Rating: 4 out of 5 Kaylin Neya, a private in the law-enforcing Hawks, is marked with mysterious runes on her

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Review: “Unbound,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Love libriomancy as a concept. Wonderful characters and relationships. Touching look at depression. Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Unbound is book three of the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines. This is totally different from

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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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