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"The Shifter," Jean Johnson

Pros: Still loving Jean’s world and characters Cons: Didn’t grab me quite as much as the previous book (Shifting Plains) Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   In Shifting Plains, a woman named Tava feared

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Jean Johnson’s "Sons of Destiny" series, books 1-4

Pros: Great fantasy worldbuilding; playful and original erotic romance Cons: Shaky start with a too-“perfect” female lead Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Amazon.com Widgets   One of the pitfalls of reviewing books is that sometimes a publisher sends you a

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"Magic on the Hunt," Devon Monk

Pros: Stunning magical fight scenes; we get to the heart of the matter; Allie improves even more Cons: I hate bureaucratic oversight plots… Rating: 4.5 out of 5   NOTE: Devon Monk’s Magic on the Hunt is book six of

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"Magic at the Gate," Devon Monk

Pros: Allie continues to grow; secrets start to spill; stakes get high Cons: Still too much mistrust and trust of the wrong people; Allie needs more growth Rating: 4 out of 5   NOTE: Devon Monk’s Magic at the Gate

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"Magic on the Storm," Devon Monk

Pros: Fantastic world-building; imaginative story that goes fascinating places; Allie is ever-so-slightly learning; wonderful magical battles Cons: Allie is still too pig-headed; good guys are too slow to figure out that the bad guys are corrupt; confusing alliances; a couple

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"Magic in the Shadows," Devon Monk

Pros: Love some of the new characters and plots Cons: Make sure you’re reading the series in order now; Allie is TOO pig-headed, and kind of dumb sometimes Rating: 3 out of 5   NOTE: Devon Monk’s Magic in the

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"Magic in the Blood," Devon Monk

Pros: Delightful world-building and characters; fascinating plot Cons: Magic gets a little less well-defined as the book goes on Rating: 4 out of 5   When Allie Beckstrom uses the formidable forces of magic that she controls, she pays a

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"The Flame," Jean Johnson

Pros: Awesome fantasy worldbuilding; fascinating plot; delightful characters; delicious sex Cons: Overused italics during dialogue; lead characters a bit slow on the uptake this time Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Modern Dentistry

Since I’m about to head off to the dentist’s in an hour or so (for my first filling in 20 or so years), I have dentistry on the brain. What’s the state of dentistry and other medicine in your fictional

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Prompt: World Building in the Twilight Time

This morning I made a blog post titled World Building in the Twilight Time. It was actually a reference to a world building article in a zine called Twilight Time, but the title of the blog post got me thinking.

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