Posts Tagged: magic

Review: Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Host

Review: Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Host

February 4, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, reviews 6

Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Höst Series: Darest, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Andrea K. Höst, 2010 E-book, Purchased 306 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Soren Armitage is an anachronism. Proclaimed Rathen Champion by the Rathen Rose, intended to support the rule of a Rathen King or Queen. But there are no Rathens. Resigned to symbolising only Darest’s faded glories, Soren is not prepared for the sudden appearance of a Rathen. Now she must find and support the heir despite the machinations of the kingdom’s regent, sylvan curses, and the strange behaviour of once-dormant protective enchantments. While the odds seem stacked against her, Soren is determined to do… Read more »

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Review: The Silvered by Tanya Huff

Review: The Silvered by Tanya Huff

January 28, 2014 2014, B, book rating, reviews, TBR Pile 3

I’ve had this book for several months so I’m counting it as a TBR book in the TBR Pile Reading Challenge and fantasy square in the Book Bingo Challenge.   The Silvered by Tanya Huff Series: None as of yet Genre: Fantasy Published by Daw, 2012 E-book, Purchased 454 pages Grade: B Synopsis: The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen—she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader—to save them. Together the two set out on… Read more »

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Review: Bloodfever & Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

January 18, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 1

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning Series: Fever series, Book 2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Delacorte Press, 2007 E-book, Purchased 303 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous. For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of… Read more »

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Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

December 28, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 0

Deborah Harkness is an author I haven’t read before and so it’s part of my New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Check out their blog and also the challenge. I’m really enjoying all the new authors I’m reading this year! I think this is my last new author review of 2013! I will write a post wrapping it all up. » » » » » » » » » A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Series: All Souls Trilogy #1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Viking Penguin, 2011 E-book, purchased 579 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar… Read more »

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Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

December 18, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Series: The Elemental Trilogy #1 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Published by Balzer & Bray, 2013 e-book, purchased 464 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death. Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all… Read more »

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Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

November 22, 2013 2013, A, book rating, reviews 0

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews Series: Kate Daniels series, #6 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Ace, 2013 e-book, purchased 355 pages Grade: A Synopsis: Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered… Read more »

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Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

November 20, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

Kevin Hearne is an author I haven’t read before and so it’s part of my New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Check out their blog and also the challenge. I’m really enjoying all the new authors I’m reading this year! » » » » » » » » » Hounded by Kevin Hearne Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Del Rey, 2011 E-book, purchased 304 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think… Read more »

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Review: The Magic Emporium by Tanya Huff

Review: The Magic Emporium by Tanya Huff

November 2, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 0

The Magic Emporium by Tanya Huff Series: Gale Women #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Daw, 2009 e-book, Library 480 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a “junk” shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn’t until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there’s trouble brewing in Calgary-trouble so big that even calling… Read more »

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Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

October 25, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 0

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews Series: Kate Daniels series, #5.5; Kate Daniels World, #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Ace, 2012 e-book, purchased 326 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Some people have everything figured out—Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, as well as Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at… Read more »

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Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

October 24, 2013 2013, A-, book rating, reviews 0

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews Series: Kate Daniels series, #5 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Ace, 2011 e-book, purchased 308 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the… Read more »

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