Posts Tagged: wizards

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

June 19, 2015 2015, A, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Uprooted by Naomi Novik Series: Unknown Genre: Fantasy Published by Del Rey, 2015 Library book 438 pages Grade: A Synopsis: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.” Agnieszka… Read more »

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Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

February 16, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files #11 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2009 E-book, Library 540 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules. Like Harry. So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly… Read more »

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Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

January 30, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 5

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells Series: Prospero’s War #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Orbit, 2014 E-book, purchased 381 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn’t expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch. The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she’s convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she’s been… Read more »

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Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

October 18, 2014 2014, B, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 5

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima Series: Seven Realms, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Hyperion Books, 2009 E-book from Library 506 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off. One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an… 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: 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: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

April 10, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. This book will go into the New Book square. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch Series: Peter Grant, Book 4 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by DAW, 2014 E-book, Purchased 324 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame — whatever that is. Truth be told, there’s a lot I still don’t know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England’s wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician’s apprentice. But even he doesn’t have all the answers. Mostly I’m just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with… Read more »

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Review: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

Review: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

February 28, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Goodreads, reviews, TBR Pile 0

I’m participating in the TBR Pile Challenge hosted at the Bookish blog. I’ve had this Audible version of Blood Rites on my Kindle Fire for a long time! When I came across it as I was browsing my Audible books I realized it was the next book in the series so I promptly started listening. I’m also participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. Since this is an Audible audiobook it also fits with the Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher Narrated by James Marsters Series: The Dresden Files, Book 6 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2004 Audiobook, Purchased 372… 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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