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Short Take: “Obsidian,” Alan Baxter

Rating: 4 out of 5 Alan Baxter’s Obsidian (Alex Caine) (Volume 2) makes for a really interesting follow-on to book one. In Bound, Alex Caine discovers he has powers–a lot of them. He’s tossed head-first into the world of magic

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Review: “Bound,” Alan Baxter

Rating: 4 out of 5 This is the first Alan Baxter book I’ve thought was less than perfect, but I’m still giving it a 4, so it certainly did something right! Since Bound (Alex Caine) (Volume 1) is listed on

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Review: “Mongrels,” by Stephen Graham Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5 In Stephen Graham Jones’s Mongrels: A Novel, werewolves are real. Our young teenaged protagonist listens to his grandfather’s crazy stories about being a werewolf, and later realizes there were secrets and lessons hidden in each

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Short Take: “Hairspray and Switchblades,” V. Castro

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 V. Castro’s horror novella Hairspray and Switchblades (Rewind or Die) is a quirky, fun story. Maya first turned into a jaguar on her eighteenth birthday, and it’s happened on every full moon since then. A

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Review: “Shiva’s Bow,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Shiva’s Bow (Livi Talbot Volume 4) is the fourth book in this series, or sixth if you count two novellas. (See the end of this review for a full list, in order,

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Review: “Apocalyptic,” ed. S.C. Butler, Joshua Palmatier

Rating: 4 out of 5 S.C. Butler and Joshua Palmatier edited the anthology Apocalyptic. It has some great familiar authors in it (Seanan McGuire! Tanya Huff!) and more by authors I’m not as familiar with. Like most anthologies your taste

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Short Take: “King’s Bounty,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 King’s Bounty (Livi Talbot) is sort of book 3.5 in Skyla Dawn Cameron’s “Livi Talbot” series. It takes place after Emperor’s Tomb [review], and is a novella about a short adventure that takes place locally

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Review: “Emperor’s Tomb,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m continuing the Livi Talbot series by Skyla Dawn Cameron with book three: Emperor’s Tomb (Livi Talbot volume 3). (Note you should read Ashford’s Ghost, a novella, between books two and three.) Livi Talbot is

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Short Take: “Ashford’s Ghost,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s novella Ashford’s Ghost (Livi Talbot) is sort of volume 2.5 in the Livi Talbot series–it’s set after Odin’s Spear and before Emperor’s Tomb. It’s a good idea to read this one in

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Review: “Odin’s Spear,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Odin’s Spear (Livi Talbot) (Volume 2) is the sequel to book one, Solomon’s Seal [review]. This is another wonderful combination of urban fantasy, thriller, adventure, and horror–a combination that hits exactly the

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