Fortunately, when Xombies: Apocalypticon, by Walter Greatshell, arrived on my doorstep, I didn’t need to dig my shotgun out. I was, however, understandably wary. This review is mostly spoiler-free! Read the rest of this entry
Strange Fortune by Josh Lanyon is the author’s first work in the fantasy genre. My editor introduced me to his popular Adrien English m/m mystery books when she requested I review one of his books. I ended up reading the whole series in one night. (Yes, I am the type of person who will do that if I like one book in a series). So my only warning is that his work is strangely addictive (so of course I want to share that addiction). For a complete list of his works: http://www.joshlanyon.com/the_works.html
For an excerpt (Chapter 1): http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/strange-fortune-p-6006.html which has the e-book formats available there. The trade paperback version is also available at his website as well as places like Amazon and even Lanyon’s official site.
“Valentine Strange, late of his Majesty’s 21st Benhali Lancers, needs money. Happily, the wealthy Holy Orders of Harappu are desperate to retrieve the diadem of the Goddess Purya from an ancient temple deep in the mountainous jungle—an area Strange knows well from his days quelling rebellions. The pay is too good and the job seems too easy for Strange to refuse. But when Master Aleister Grimshaw, a dangerous witch from a traitorous lineage, joins the expedition, Strange begins to suspect that more is at stake than the retrieval of a mere relic.
Grimshaw knows an ancient evil surrounds the diadem— the same evil once hunted him and still haunts his mind. However, experience has taught him to keep his suspicions to himself or risk being denounced as a madman. Again.
Harried by curses, bandits and unnatural creatures, Strange and Grimshaw plunge onward. But when a demonic power wakes and the civilized world descends into revolution, their tenuous friendship is threatened as each man must face the destruction of the life he has known.”
Ghost of a Chance: A Ghost Finders novel by Simon R. Green is the first book in a new series of a team of agents that “kick’s the ectoplasm butt” of ghosts, haunting and other supernatural ooga booglies. It is to be released on August 31, 2010. Published by Ace, ISBN: 978-0-441-01916-8, $7.99, 272 pages mass paperback.
On a side note: I cannot find an official author site for Simon R. Green so I am going to direct you to his publisher’s site instead with the book information for this specific book as well as his other series. http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Search/QuickSearchProc/1,,Author_1000012976,00.html
Book description: “The Carnacki Institute exists to “Do Something” about Ghosts-and agents JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer will either lay them to rest, send them packing, or kick their nasty ectoplasm arses with extreme prejudice.”
The Shattered Sylph by L.J. McDonald (http://www.ljmcdonald.ca/index.html ) is the second in the fantasy romance series dealing with the world of the Sylphs. I enjoyed The Battle Sylph as it was an original idea and had a feeling that Lizzy and Ril would have a story in the future (if they did not, I was going to be mad as I liked Ril and Lizzy). I was excited when it was announced that their story would be next. And I am happy to report that I found this entry in the series an even stronger novel compared to the debut book! Such a rare, happy occurance that I am still buzzing happily.
If you have not tried the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews, you are really missing out on a cool urban fantasy series. The series is focused on Kate Daniels who works in Atlanta for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid as officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. In other words, she cleans up the paranormal mess that happens pretty regularly in Atlanta. An Atlanta that has alternating waves of times when magic is up and anything magical works and technology like guns and cars start to fail. Then the other half swings by with the tech side re-establishing itself which then causes the magic spells and protections to fail. There is no predicting when the waves are going to come (maybe guessing, but no confirmed ideas for the people of Atlanta) which makes for a pretty nifty idea for a unique world that has people trying to adapt to work around the problems this entails.
Currently, with the release of Magic Bleeds, there are four books in the series with one short story focusing on a supporting character in the anthology: Must Love Hellhounds. I always recommend starting with the first or second book in this series as the buildup of the characters and various relationships get pretty complex (and fun!). Read the rest of this entry
SpellCrash by Kelly McCullough (www.kellymccullough.com) is the fifth book in the Ravirn series. It was just released (finally!) on May 25th. I got lucky and was sent this to review by my editor so I plan on giving out my pre-ordered one to a friend for his birthday. I originally discovered this author with the first book in the series, WebMage, at the local library. I enjoyed it enough to try the second novel and became hooked on the series. This series is one of those few urban fantasy novels that is highly original. Read the rest of this entry
And Falling, Fly by Skyler White is a dark fantasy book about a “fallen angel of desire” who turns out to be a vampire. Not your typical vampire either. Damned and desperate to gain freedom from her curse, she continuously looks for the one whom she thinks might be able to free her.
And Falling, Fly is the debut work of Skyler White in the dark fantasy genre. The story is about Olivia, a fallen angel of Desire, and Dominic, a neuroscientist whose research into memory and brain chemistry whose research leads him to meet Olivia in the L’otel Matililide. At this “portal neither of this world or the next”, they meet where Olivia tries to convince Dominic that his “hallucinations” are memories from previous lives as well as being part of an ancient curse. Dominic is convinced that Olivia is delusional and that he can cure her of her belief that she is damned. This thought provoking story will lead you into unexpected areas as each try to prove to the other what is real and what is not at the same time they encounter something even more mysterious than being damned or research into science….they encounter the mystery of love. Read the rest of this entry