Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (Fantasy Novel, 2019). Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the immediate sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel, which won the 2019 Hugo Award for the Best Young Adult novel and was a New York Times #1 best-seller. I should mention first-off that I haven’t read that previous […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Children of Virtue and Vengeance"
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2019). A winner of the National Book Award for one of his highly respected and best-selling non-fiction books on the black experience in American life, Coates takes a magic-informed look at slavery and the Underground Railroad in this, his fiction debut. It’s a fine and successful […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Water Dancer"
Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown (Talking Animals/Cozy Mystery, 2019). Rita Mae Brown and her feline companion/co-author have offered up another multi-era cozy featuring Mrs. Murphy, the wise crime-solving cat, her various non-human sidekicks and the assorted clueless humans they routinely assist. In this charming […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Whiskers in the Dark"
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fantasy Novel, October 2018). This involving novel takes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic short story of love, jealousy and the supernatural, and simultaneously expands and re-imagines it with Katrina as the central character. As in the original, Katrina becomes the unwitting focal point […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel"
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Fantasy Novel, 2001). Phedre is a young woman born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. In her culture, this (known as Kushiel’s Dart) signals that she is destined to be a special sort of Sacred Prostitute. But the nobleman who takes her in as an indentured servant has other plans […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Kushiel’s Dart"
Temper by Nicky Drayden (Fantasy Novel, 2018). Drayden’s second novel, like its predecessor, offers elements of multiple genres (including SF and horror), but overall it’s mostly a fantasy. The setting is the southern tip of an alternative Africa. Here magic of a sort is a commonplace and a pair of Gods (one allegedly all-good, the other […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Temper"
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Heroic Fantasy Novel, 2018). This first novel is already a best-seller with a sequel soon to follow. The author is a Nigerian-American and has studied West African mythology in addition to graduating Harvard with an honors degree in literature. Her heritage and studies surely influence and contribute to […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Children of Blood and Bone"
Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does so many book series, in so many genres (often, as here, blending several genres together) that it’s very hard to keep up with it all. This one is the 2nd book in the Deadman’s Cross cycle. I haven’t seen the previous […]Read more "REVIEWED: Death Doesn’t Bargain"
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Fantasy Novel, 2018). Like many writers, this first-time fantasy novelist has drawn on elements of a real-life subject she knows about (in this case, Chinese history and mythology) as inspiration for an imaginary world series. There’s nothing wrong with that, yet I must confess to some slight ambivalence in […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Poppy War"
Charmed Bones by Carolyn Haines (Supernatural Mystery Novel, 2018). The latest Sarah Booth Delaney novel (18th in the series, if I haven’t miscounted) is a fun, cozy mystery that blends a colorful Mississippi Delta setting with often playful supernatural elements, plenty of misdirection, some romance and the expected greedy and/or murderous evil doers who must be […]Read more "REVIEWED: Charmed Bones"