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

Scandal in BatterseaThe 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 their avian familiars. They hang out with Sherlock Holmes sometimes, which is why his star-power gets him on the cover of the book.

A Scandal in Battersea is the latter style, which is not my preference of the two, but it was still a quick and enjoyable read. It was a solid, magical mystery adventure filled with comforting characters familiar from earlier in the series. Watching Nan and Sarah grow up has been a lovely ride, and I do enjoy checking in on them.  Continue reading

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Review: Shattering the Ley (Erenthrall #1) by Joshua Palmatier

shattering the leyThis is one of those books that I snagged at a convention after meeting the author that then sat on my “to be read” shelf for an embarrassing amount of time. When I saw the final book in the trilogy had been released, I figured it was long past time to dive in.

“Diving in” is an apt description of how it feels to immerse yourself in this book and its world. Despite the gorgeous cover, this is not a science-fiction novel. But at the same time, it’s an epic fantasy novel set in an era that’s hard to pin down, because the unique use of magic in the world has launched “technology” forward so quickly, creating an interesting amalgam of flying vehicles, clockwork, and handmade candles that never seems to clash awkwardly.  Continue reading