Review: Jackdaw (A Charm of Magpies World) by K.J. Charles

I thoroughly enjoy this historical fantasy world, and I’m so glad that it extends beyond the initial trilogy. Part of what I loved most about this book in particular was seeing this world through new eyes, by a person who is neither magic nor cushioned by wealth and privilege.

Review: Flight of Magpies (A Charm of Magpies #3) by K.J. Charles

I found this series right before the previous publishing company it was being published with folded. I was devastated, because it meant waiting months until I could finish the trilogy. Luckily, it was absolutely worth the wait. The conclusion to this trilogy brought together much of the story and plot elements from the previous books,Continue reading “Review: Flight of Magpies (A Charm of Magpies #3) by K.J. Charles”

Review: A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey

The novels of Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series take two forms. The first is re-imagined fairy tales set in Edwardian England (and Europe beyond). The second is a more of a traditional (historical) urban fantasy series that centers around a group of magicians, psychics, and mediums in London, starring two plucky young women and theirContinue reading “Review: A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey”

Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

This year, many of the contributors to my other blog, Speculative Chic, all set New Year’s Resolutions together. Some of them were to catch up on movies, others were to revisit an old favorite video game. Mine was to finally tackle the giant hardcover that had been anchoring my “to be read” pile since IContinue reading “Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke”

Review: A STUDY IN SABLE by Mercedes Lackey

I was excited by both the return of Nan and Sarah in Lackey’s Elemental Masters series and the introduction of this universe’s version of Sherlock Holmes and the Watsons. The aspect of this novel that I was most impressed with was that my brain never once tried to “cast” my mental images of the charactersContinue reading “Review: A STUDY IN SABLE by Mercedes Lackey”

Review: ESSENTIAL MAGIC (Fay of Skye #1) by Cara McKinnon

Disclaimer: The author and I attended the same graduate school program and participate in group promotional tours for our books. However, I purchased my hardcopy version of this novel for full price. For a person who doesn’t claim to be a “romance book” reader, I seem to keep lucking out with some amazing speculative fictionContinue reading “Review: ESSENTIAL MAGIC (Fay of Skye #1) by Cara McKinnon”