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Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier


Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
Roc: November 1, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!

Den of Wolves is the third and what I hope will not be the final book in the Blackthorn and Grimm series. While I loved Dreamer’s Pool and Tower of Thorns, I can’t help but appreciate the fact that Den of Wolves offers a satisfying conclusion, yet still allows for the possibility of more from Blackthorn and Grim.

Since the first book, I have enjoyed how Marillier combines a fantasy tale with elements that I generally associate more with the mystery genre. In each book, the healer Blackthorn and her man-of-few-words companion, Grimm, tackle a new mystery. That is no different in Den of Wolves. This time Blackthorns helps a troubled young princess, Dalriada, who’s father is building a mysterious house in the woods. Why is this house so important? Why must Dalriada be kept away from the house and the man who is instructing it’s builders? Those are both questions that Blackthorn seeks answers to. And Grimm is uniquely positioned to help as he’s been hired on to help finish the building of the home. (more…)

Cozy Mystery with “Paw Enforcement”

18404165Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly
St. Martin’s Paperback: June 3, 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Free From Library

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Diane Kelly’s Paw Enforcement series came on my radar because of something I read on a blog. Said blog mentioned the fourth book in the series. Me being me, I couldn’t simply start with book four, no, a true dedicated readers starts with the first book in the series, always.

Paw Enforcement introduces readers to Megan Luz, a rookie cop with anger issues working in the Fort Worth area of Texas. Megan’s got herself into a spot of trouble after tasering her offensive partner. As a result Megan finds herself with a new partner…of the canine persuasion. Brigit is a big dog and Megan drives a smart cart and lives in a tiny apartment. How this partnership is going to flourish is anyone’s guess; yet, Brigit’s skill in taking down criminals does seem to impress Megan.


Winterwood: Pirates, Magic, and Shapeshifters Oh My!

25489511Winterwood by Jacey Bedford
DAW: February 2nd, 2016
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Source: Free from publisher

I’d go there again!

This book has so many of the elements I love in a good fantasy: pirates, fae, magic, a wolf shapeshifter, a heroine who disguises herself as a man, adventure, romance, an alternative historical setting… really, this book is just my thing.

Rossalinde (Ross) Tremayne, is introduced as she works her way to her mother’s house, where her parent lays dying. Ross and her mother have had a difficult relationship for as long as Ross can remember, and she goes reluctantly. When she arrives, she discovers that her mother sent for Ross to trick her into taking up their family’s heritage – a curse in the shape of a magical winterwood box. If Ross were to take up her destiny, she would restore balance to the world and in the process, drastically alter England., (more…)

Cross “Half the World” to Start a War

22055283Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Del Rey: February 17, 2015 (Fantasy; Young Adult)

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For the second installment of Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy, readers are introduced to a new and formidable character, Thorn Bathu. Thorn is the only young woman training to become a warrior, hoping to avenge the death of her father. When she accidentally kills a man during training, her death appears imminent. However, Father Yarvi swoops in and saves the day, but not without his own ulterior motives. Anyone who’s read book one will remember that Yarvi is a manipulative young man, and that certainly hasn’t changed in book two.

Accompanying Thorn on her travels with Father Yarvi is Brand, a young warrior that was left behind for speaking out. Of course, like Thorn, Brand also has his uses in Yarvi’s plans… (more…)

Solid addition to a favourite series: “Vision in Silver”

21457243Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Roc: March 3, 2015 (Urban Fantasy)*

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The Others looked at humans and did not see conquerors. They saw a new kind of meat. (p. 6)

Vision in Silver is Bishop’s third installment in The Others series and it continues to impress. I’ve been hooked on this series since book one, Written in Red and Vision in Silver continues to delve into the complex world of the Lakeside Complex and shows how the new way of life that they have adopted has repercussions for both those within the complex and those observing it.

In the third book the focus is mainly on the development of larger story arc of the humans trying to create bad press for the terra indigene, which only serves to anger the very powerful beings. Due to the plot-heavy nature of this installment, I didn’t find the character development to be as strong as it was in the previous books. In particular, Meg and Simon seem to have stagnated a bit as characters. The development of the larger conflict is essential and the fact that the terra indigene have to make some decisions was compelling, but I can’t help but miss my favourite characters just a bit. (more…)

The Barren ‘Strange Country’

18490670Strange Country by Deborah Coates
Tor Books, May 27, 2014 (Rural Fantasy)

My Rating: I’d go there again (4/5)

Strange Country is the final book in Deborah Coates rural fantasy trilogy. In the final installment all the threads all pulled together leaving readers with a satisfying conclusion, although I wouldn’t be opposed to further books featuring Hallie and Boyd. Ultimately, this book is hauntingly written, showcasing a barren landscape in an exceptionally vivid way. Strange Country is not action-packed, but does it ever leave an impression.

The third book follows the events of Deep Down. Hallie has saved Boyd from the under; however, it came at the expense of his life. Boyd had to die and come back, and it’s put a strain on their relationship. Boyd doesn’t remember dying and he’d rather not. Adding further complication is Hallie’s offer from Death. Death, having spared Hallie in Afghanistan, feels that Hallie owes a debt, and he’d like Hallie to take his place in the under. Hallie’s afraid of having to make that decision since she’s finally come to terms with the fact that she wants to stay, she wants to live and set down roots. At the same time, Hallie recognizes that if it comes down to staying and saving the world, she’s going to help people because that’s just what she does. This is the other element that’s causing some strain in her and Boyd’s relationship. However, it’s not this conflict that propels Strange Country, but rather the death of several people who messed with magic when they should have left it alone. (more…)

Dawn’s Early Light

17572901Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris, Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3
Ace, March 25, 2014 (Steampunk)

My rating: I’d go there again! (4/5)

Dawn’s Early Light is the third installment in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. I latched onto book one in the series as soon as I learned that one of the leads was an archivist. Seriously, how awesome is this? And while Wellington Books (the archivist, who is a “rather complicated one”) is awesome, the entire series is fantastic. It’s action packed and filled with steampunk gadgetry, alongside a dash of intrigue. But what really keeps me coming back is the dynamic between Books and Braun. Eliza Braun was a field agent until she was assigned to the dreaded archives as Wellington Book’s assistant. There is no instant friendship here and the bickering between the two is great. You know that there’s is going to be a great partnership.

With the third book, Wellington and Eliza’s relationship has taken a different turn because of the impulsive kiss Welly plants on Eliza at the end of book two. Both are left wondering what’s next for them; it’s a will-they, wont-they situation. And of course, this is complicated when Welly and Eliza find themselves in yet another intriguing mystery alongside their American counter parts. (more…)

Duel Review: ‘Murder of Crows’

17563080Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
Roc, March 4, 2014 (Urban Fantasy)

The Book…

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

The Conflicting Opinions…