Relic Seeker by Fiona Tarr

In keeping with the first book in The Priestess Chronicles, Relic Seeker has Ariela thrown into a new time and place to uncover her mission. She left with friends, but arrives alone, something that bothers her friends just as much … Continue reading

Her Viking Warrior by Gina Conkle

I chose this title because I had a craving to return to my roots where reading romances is concerned, but what I’d expected to be a quick, candy-bar read turned out to be much more. The story speaks to the … Continue reading

The Ten of Spades by Patricia Loofbourrow

The Red Dog Conspiracy is a conspiracy that spans many books and about which we learn more with each one. The Ten of Spades (Chapter 5) is the latest and one written for existing fans. I say this because a … Continue reading

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

I made extensive notes as I read A Skinful of Shadows, but most of them I cannot use without spoiling something, which I don’t want to do. This is a very odd book. It’s set in an alternate English Civil … Continue reading

Monsters: I Bring the Fire Part II by C. Gockel

Monsters is a middle novel in most respects. It advances the overall series plot, and both introduces and develops more characters. Unlike the first book, I didn’t find a clear plot arc for this section as a separate entity. Still, … Continue reading

The Last Run by J. Scott Coatsworth

Once again, J. Scott Coatsworth creates a complicated, multi-layer world and brings a last survivor into it who recently lost a life partner. While this frame story has similarities to Homecoming, the novella is more like a unique story springing … Continue reading

The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After by Victoria Alexander

This novel comes before the previous one I read in the overall timeline and involves the meddling of the three longtime friends who later become the lady travelers to a much lesser degree. Still, it holds true to the strong … Continue reading

Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth

This short novella has almost more story in the hints and surrounds than on the page, but what makes the cut was enough to keep me interested. It’s a culture clash, power struggle, gay love story, which might sound crowded, … Continue reading

The Marked Prince by M.A. Grant

I read the first book in this series months ago, but the minute I saw the author in my NetGalley list, the strength of that story and characters came pouring back, making me eager to return to their world. The … Continue reading

Fogbound: Empire in Flames by Gareth Clegg

The talents of this author shine in his debut novel through the tangible world building and bevy of fascinating characters. We are thrown into a post-apocalyptic alternate London whose Queen Victoria lost the battle against Martian invaders. It’s a post-apocalyptic … Continue reading