Category Archives: fantasy

StarChaser: TodHunter Moon #3 – Angie Sage

This third adventure in the TodHunter Moon series opens with the reveal of a huge problem because the world’s magic source is drying, turning to powder, and poof – gone.  Magyk comes from lapis lazuli beneath the wizard tower and … Continue reading

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Nemesis – Anna Banks

Imprisoned by her father, the King of Serubel, Sepora escapes with the intention of hiding among the laborers in the nearby kingdom of Theoria.  She is the last of the Forgers and has a skill sometimes inherited through the royal … Continue reading

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Enter a Glossy Web – McKenna Ruebush

George, short for Georgina, is left hurriedly with relatives when her parents must resume the search for her missing brother.  Her uncle, Constantine, tells her a curious bedtime story about a catastrophic meteor shower and The Council of Seven that … Continue reading

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Three Dark Crowns -Kendare Blake

A strange, mystical island is torn by three rival factions: Elementalists, Naturalists, Poisoners.  For generations, the queen gives birth to triplets.  Each child has the abilities of one of the three factions.  The queen mother leaves the island and her … Continue reading

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A Shadow Bright and Burning – Jessica Cluess

Set in an alternate Victorian England ravaged by Ancients, Henrietta is now a teacher at a charity boarding school where she was abandoned years before.  Around the time she was born, witches opened the portals to allow the Ancients to … Continue reading

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The Reader – Traci Chee

Books are no longer used or even known about by most folks.  At a very early age, Sefia’s mother secretly  plays alphabet blocks with Sefia, attempting to teach her the dangerous skill of reading.  Her mother is killed and she … Continue reading

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The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye

Imperial Russia is in need of the services of a Royal Enchanter to protect the realm from threats.  Years of peace have lulled the people of Russia into forgetting that magic was part of the country’s defenses.  However, in secret, … Continue reading

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The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

Maya’s father is the Raja, ruler, of the Bharata Kingdom.  Her mother, one of the Raja’s many wives, died when Maya was quite young leaving her upbringing to the petty wives in the harem.  For the most part, Maya is … Continue reading

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Shadow Magic – Joshu Khan

Thorn has amassed many survival skills to assist him when he leaves home to search for his father who has been declared an outlaw.  Thorn uses all of his skills when he is captured by slavers and sold to the … Continue reading

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Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

The desert can be a harsh and lawless environment – survival of the fittest.  In a country ruled by a Sultan who has allowed foreign armies into its borders, the desert dwellers must be ever alert of the dangers from … Continue reading

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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu

I have tried to select a favorite from these wonderful stories, but I just can’t. At first I chose All the Flavors, loving the open minded child Lily and her adventures with the Chinamen who came to Idaho City. Or … Continue reading

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Arcadia – Iain Pears

Henry Lytten, an Oxford don, is writing a fantasy novel. As he writes, his gentle pastoral world emerges. Meanwhile a few hundred years in the future, Angela Meerson has discovered a portal to another world and uses it. Thus, the … Continue reading

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The Impostor Queen – Sarah Fine

A careful balance of ice and fire magic has protected the Kupari people for generations through the queen, who reigns until the magic kills her.  Upon the queen’s death, the girl in training becomes the new queen when all of … Continue reading

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Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

Etta comes from a line of time travelers.  But she doesn’t know it.  She was raised by her somewhat aloof and eccentric mother.  Etta is a violin prodigy and on the night of a major debut, during her solo, a … Continue reading

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SandRider: TodHunter Moon, Book Two – Angie Sage

They’re back!  All the rich characters from the Septimus Heap series and the spinoff TodHunter Moon series bring another sparkling adventure to entertain.  I like Tod.  She’s smart and serious and works things out.  Rather than fretting about, she just … Continue reading

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