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Review: “Wild Country,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fascinating world and society building; great characters Cons: A couple of setting details feel off; too many characters Rating: 4 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Wild Country (World of the Others, The) introduces us to the town of Bennett.

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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Review: “Ink,” Sabrina Vourvoulias

Pros: Vivid; amazing characters; scary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m floored by Sabrina Vourvoulias’s dystopian fantasy Ink. Journalist Finn Riordan is covering immigrant-related stories in a world where immigrants are required to wear identity tattoos and speak

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Review: “Lake Silence,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Creative and original Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Lake Silence (World of the Others, The Book 1) takes place in the same world as her other “The Others” books, but it doesn’t follow Meg, Simon,

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Review: “Etched in Bone,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Warm, whimsical, dark in places, tense Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Anne Bishop’s “The Others” world, humans live at the sufferance of the terra indigene, or earth natives. These include shape-shifters and vampires, among other, less

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Review: “Threat of Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Tense battles and creative planning Cons: Books are formulaic; minor issues Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of Linsey Hall’s “The Amazon” (book 26 of her “Dragon’s Gift” universe) Rowan had to keep her demon-touched power secret,

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Review: “Haunted Blade,” J.C. Daniels

Pros: Want more! Cons: Characters overreact too much Rating: 4 out of 5 In Haunted Blade (Colbana Files Book 6) by J.C. Daniels (Shiloh Walker), Doyle is now acting as an intern for Kit Colbana. A powerful and mysterious non-human

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Review: “Devil’s Shoestring,” Stefon Mears

Pros: Truly engaging world, plot, and characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Stefon Mears’s Devil’s Shoestring (Spells for Hire Book 1) features Heath Cyr, a conjure man living in Portland. He casts spells and makes potions for hire.

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Review: “Modern Sorcery,” Gary Jonas

Pros: Original and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Gary Jonas’s Modern Sorcery (Jonathan Shade Book 1), wizard David killed his wife Kathy in a grocery store–in front of all sorts of people and security cameras–with a

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Review: “Darkest Hour,” Rob Cornell

Pros: Good story Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Rob Cornell’s Darkest Hour: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (The Lockman Chronicles Book 3) starts up six months after the previous installment. Craig Lockman, the ogre Adam, and Teresa are

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