Posts Tagged: magic

TBR Review: Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Host

TBR Review: Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Host

September 17, 2014 2014, B, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 4

Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Höst Series: Darest, Book 2 Genre: Fantasy Published by Andrea K. Höst, 2013 E-book, Purchased 324 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Darest stands on the verge of a Golden Age. The revival of the Rathen line and a blood price won from the Fair has drawn a flood of visitors eager to snatch their share of changing fortune – or at least one of the fabulous prizes offered at the Spring Festival. Among those coaxed back to the once-failing kingdom is Gentian Calder, daughter of Shapers. Before she can decide whether to risk her life by staying, news arrives to put all other considerations… Read more »

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Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

September 13, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 10

Small Favor by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files, Book 10 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2008 E-book, from Library 420 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: No one’s tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she’s calling in her marker. It’s a small favor he can’t refuse…one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and… Read more »

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Review: The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

Review: The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

July 25, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 12

  The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney Series: The Golden City, Book 1 Genre: Historic Fantasy Published by Roc Trade, 2013 E-book, Purchased 384 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: For two years, Oriana Paredes has been a spy among the social elite of the Golden City, reporting back to her people, the sereia, sea folk banned from the city’s shores…. When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris. But before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown. Trapped beneath the waves, Oriana’s heritage allows her to survive while she is forced to watch her only friend die…. Read more »

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Review: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Review: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

July 23, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 10

  Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron Series: Heartstrikers #1 Genre: Fantasy Published by self-published, 2014 E-book, Purchased 315 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience. Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon… Read more »

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Review: Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Review: Green Rider by Kristen Britain

July 3, 2014 2014, B-, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 8

  Green Rider by Kristen Britain Series: Green Rider, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by DAW, 1998 E-book, Purchased 471 pages Grade: B- Synopsis: On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of… Read more »

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Review: White Night by Jim Butcher

Review: White Night by Jim Butcher

June 20, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 10

  White Night by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files, Book 9 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2007 E-book, Purchased 416 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden’s half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling’s name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too…   …and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There’s the little empty pain of leaving something behind ‒ graduating, taking the… Read more »

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Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

May 30, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files, Book 8 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2006 E-book, Purchased 403 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: There’s no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City. As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and… Read more »

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Review: Shadows by Robin McKinley

Review: Shadows by Robin McKinley

March 31, 2014 2014, B, book rating, reviews 3

I returned from Europe about 2:15 a.m. this morning so I feel a little loopy, but I’m pretty sure this review was scheduled for last week. For some reason that didn’t work so here it is now! Shadows by Robin McKinley Series: Unknown Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013 E-book, Library 357 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is… Read more »

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TBR Review: Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

TBR Review: Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

March 19, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, reviews, TBR Pile 4

Cold Magic is the book I’ve read for Wendy’s (The Misadventures of Super Librarian blog) TBR Challenge for March. The challenge this month is to read a new-to-me author from my TBR books and is posted on the third Wednesday of the month. I’m also participating in the 2014 New Author Reading Challenge hosted at the Literary Escapism blog, in the TBR Pile Challenge hosted at the Bookish blog and in the Book Bingo Challenge. Cold Magic by Kate Elliott Series: Spiritwalker, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Orbit, 2010 E-book, Purchased 528 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: First volume in a fabulous fantasy adventure with a Victorian-era feel – featuring… Read more »

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Review: Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

Review: Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

February 11, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 4

I’m participating in the TBR Pile Challenge hosted at the Bookish blog and also in the Book Bingo Challenge. This book fits both of these challenges. Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch Series: Peter Grant, Book 3 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Del Rey, 2012 E-book, Purchased 418 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects …. Read more »

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