Monday, June 30, 2008

Queen of the Darkness (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 3)

By Anne Bishop



Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet, even together, their strength may not be enough to hold back the most malevolent of forces.

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Queen of the Darkness (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 3) by Anne Bishop

| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| Content: Witches, 18+
| ISBN-10: 0451461711
| ISBN-13: 9780451461711
| Publisher: Roc Trade (October 2, 2007)
| Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
| Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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Hekatah and Dorothea have tainted the Blood, now its left to Jaenelle, Witch, Queen, Black Widow, Healer, dreams made flesh to clean the taint and stop a war that will claim the lives of ALL the Blood, but at what price?

Its up to the triangle, Father, Brother, Lover and the Demon Undead to lend her their strength, to love her without question, the kindred Blood, the Coven, the Dream Weavers and the Dragons, to save her if they can.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 1)



According to legend, the last king of the Harshini sired a half-human child, known as the Demon Child, born to destroy a god . . .

The Sisterhood of the Blade rules Medalon with an iron fist--an iron fist within the steel gauntlet of the Defenders, elite warriors sworn to uphold the sisters and keep Medalon free of heathen influence.

R'shiel, daughter of the First Sister of the Blade, has pulled against the short leash of her mother ever since she was a child. Her half-brother, Tarja, is the dutiful son who serves as a Captain in the Defenders. But when they run afoul of their mother's machinations, they must flee for their lives. They soon find themselves caught up in the rebellion against the Sisterhood, though they revile their fellow conspirators heathen belief in the Harshini--a fabled race of magical beings thought long extinct.

But then Tarja and R'shiel encounter Brak, an Harshini outcast, who forces them to face the most shocking fact of all: the Demon Child, thought to be nothing more than legend, may have been loosed in Medalon.*Blurb source* Macmillan
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Medalon (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 1)

| Author: Jennifer Fallon
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765348667
| ISBN-13: 9780765348661
| Content: Demons, Mythology, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Reprint edition (October 28, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Cover Illustration: Paul Youll
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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After doing a few rather dark series I figured I'd lighten things up a bit.

The Hythrun Chronicles fit that bill.This story takes place in Medalon, a country where all forms of religion are forbidden. Ruled by the Sisterhood of the Blade, backed up by the Defenders, an elite force of warriors sworn to the First Sister, Medalon has eradicated the worship of the Harshini and their Gods. Or have they? Regardless of how hard they try, rumors of heathen worship and the supposed coming of the Demon Child, continue to pop up.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Treason Keep (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 2)



In Medalon, Book One of the Hythrun Chronicles, Tarja Tenragen and his half-sister R'shiel were forced to lead a rebellion against their power hungry mother, who ruled Medalon as the First Sister of the Blade. But their mother's defeat came at great cost: not only does it leave Medalon vulnerable to invasion, R'shiel is mortally wounded.

As Treason Keep begins, R'shiel is on the brink of death. Her only hope is the healing powers of the Harshini--magical beings long thought extinct. Even they will be hard-pressed to save the Demon Child of prophecy . . .

On Medalon's northern border, Tarja and the Defenders are far too few to stand against the invaders from Karien, even with the new fortifications built onto Treason Keep. The only thing that can save them is an alliance with Hythria, with whom the Medalon have been skirmishing for generations. But can Tarja trust Damin Wolflblade, warlord and heir to the throne of Hytrhia, with whom Tarja has personally crossed blades upon the field of battle?

Meanwhile, King Hablet of Fardohnya weds his eldest daughter, the stunningly beautiful but shrewish Princess Adrina, to the Karien Heir. Hablet hopes to place his grandchild on the Karien throne. But the wayward and rebellious Adrina has her own plans, and the fate of three nations dangle upon her insolent whim.

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Treason Keep (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 2)

| Author: Jennifer Fallon
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765348675
| ISBN-13: 9780765348678
| Content: Demons, Mythology, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Reprint edition (May 26, 2005)
| Mass Market Paperback: 536 pages
| Cover Illustration: Paul Youll
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars 
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The political intrigue continues and deepens, there is plenty of battle for the mercenary types and there is a romantic twist that adds flavor to an already great story. The Demon Child faces more tempering and tampering by the Gods in preparation for the final showdown with the Demon God Xaphista. The Defenders and Sisterhood face challenges of their own and lets not forget Lochlon, a truly demented soul, he has a major role to play here too.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Harshini (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 3)



Medalon has surrendered to foreign invaders, Tarja is once more an outcast, the Defenders have scattered… and their only hope is Damin Wolfblade.

But Damin has his own problems--the High Prince is dead, so Damin must lift the siege on the Hythrun capital and defeat an usurper before he can come to Medalon's aid.

For R'shiel, time is running out. She must find a way to bring peace to the divided southern nations, to free Medalon from Karien occupation, and to find the strength to put an end to Loclon. And she has finally accepted her destiny as the Demon Child, which means she must be the one to defeat Xaphista--soon, before the Harshini are destroyed.

But how can she kill a god? *Blurb source* Macmillan
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Harshini (Hythrun Chronicles: Demon Child Trilogy: Book 3)

| Author: Jennifer Fallon 
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765348683
| ISBN-13: 9780765348685
| Content: Demons, Mythlogy, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy (April 4, 2006)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Cover Illustration: Paul Youll
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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The Demon Child must now join together all 3 nations, Medalon, Hythria and Fardohnya in a fight against Karien, bring the Harshini out of exile, do something about Lochlan, help bring down the corrupt Sisterhood, oh and kill a God. No problem! After all this is exactly what the Demon Child was born for. Sounds simple its not, not even for a being with unlimited power, problem is, the Demon Child has no idea how to use it or a clue about how to kill a God.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tamir Trilogy by Lynn Flewelling (Series Summary)

Tamir Trilogy by Lynn Flewelling
The Bone Doll's Twin ~ Hidden Warrior ~ The Oracle's Queen
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The Tamir Trilogy takes place in a well rendered medieval type world. In this story the boy twin is killed at birth and its body imprinted onto the girl twin in order that one day the girl could rule the kingdom (prophecy involved). Something goes wrong with the switch and the boy twin ends up haunting his sister (who doesn't even know she is a girl). This series is a really well crafted mix of ghost story (plenty of those), insanity, guilt, coming of age-with a twist and traditional fantasy with magic, romance, warriors, witches and of course a well hated villain or 2.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy: Book 1)

By Lynn Flewelling



For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister’s throne.

Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala’s ancient rival Plenimar drains the country’s lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succession of his only heir, a son. For King Erius the greatest threat comes from his own line — and from Illior’s faithful, who spread the Oracle’s words to a doubting populace.

As noblewomen young and old perish mysteriously, the king’s nephew — his sister’s only child — grows toward manhood. But unbeknownst to the king or the boy, strange, haunted Tobin is the princess’s daughter, given male form by a dark magic to protect her until she can claim her rightful destiny.

Only Tobin’s noble father, two wizards of Illior, and an outlawed forest witch know the truth. Only they can protect young Tobin from a king’s wrath, a mother’s madness, and the terrifying rage of her brother’s demon spirit, determined to avenge his brutal murder....

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The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy: Book 1) By Lynn Flewelling

| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0553577239
| ISBN-13: 9780553577235
| Content: Witches, Dark Magic
| Publisher: Spectra (July 1, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars

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There are certain books that tug you back into their clutches time and time again. Often because they resonate with a certain mood or life circumstance. For me this is one of those books. It is dark, deep, spooky, mystical and above all a fascinating study of human nature.

I am not going to recap the story as the blurb does a good job of doing that all on its own. Too good of a job actually. Instead I am going to tell you why I love this book so much that I've worn out my first copy and had to replace it.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hidden Warrior (Tamir Trilogy: Book 2)

By Lynn Flewelling



A trick of magic, a twist of fate.

As the orphaned nephew of the king, trusted companion to his cousin, and second heir to the throne of Skala, Prince Tobin’s future is clear. But not as clear as the spring in which a hill witch shows him his true face--and his secret destiny....

Now Tobin carries a burden he cannot share with even his closest friend, Ki, his squire. He is to rule--not as he is but as he was born: a woman. Given the shape of a boy by dark magic, Tobin is the last hope of the people of Illior--those who desperately seek a return to the old ways, when Skala was ruled by a line of warrior queens. They still believe that only a woman can lift the war, famine, and pestilence that have run rampant through the land since the king usurped his half sister’s throne. It is these outlaw wizards and witches who protect Tobin--and it is for them that Tobin must accept his fate.

With the unsuspecting yet fiercely loyal Ki at his side, Tobin must turn traitor against the only blood ties he has left. He must lift the masks of Skala’s rulers to show their true colors--before he can reveal the power of the woman within himself.

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Hidden Warrior (Tamir Trilogy: Book 2) by Lynn Flewelling

| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0553583425
| ISBN-13: 9780553583427
| Publisher: Spectra (July 1, 2003)
| Content: Witches, Wizards, Adult
| Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars

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Tobin now knows the best kept secret of his young life, he is actually a she. But for now, Tobin must join in the struggle to keep his identity a complete secret, for the sake of his country and ultimately his life.

Tobin is faced with a lot of new challenges in this book. The king is returning from the war; the man he has been raised to hate and fear. Somehow the king's wizard must not only be kept from probing what is under Tobin's skin, but his mind as well. And there is Ki, Tobin's devoted squire, who must also be kept from the truth.


Monday, June 16, 2008

The Oracle's Queen (Tamir Trilogy: Book 3)

By Lynn Flewelling



Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer’s prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated.

Now a mystical fire has burned away the male body known as Prince Tobin, revealing Princess Tamír, a girl on the verge of womanhood–and a queen ready to claim her birthright after a life in disguise under the protection of wizards and witches. But will her people, her army–and the friends she was forced to deceive–accept her? Worse, will the crown’s rival heir, friend to Tobin, turn foe to Tamír, igniting civil war in a fierce battle for Skala?

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The Oracle's Queen (Tamir Trilogy: Book 3) By Lynn Flewelling

| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 055358345X
| ISBN-13: 9780553583458
| Content: Witches, Wizards, Adult
| Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
| Publisher: Spectra (June 27, 2006)
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars

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Tobin is now Queen Tamir, but not everybody is thrilled with this development, including Tamir herself. Brother is still restless and very angry, the Companions are split down the middle, confused as to where their loyalty lies, poor Ki continues to struggle with the reality that his best friend and childhood buddy is actually a girl. And don't forget King Korin who with the help of the evil wizard Lord Niryn, begins to descend into the madness that plagued his family line. We learn more about Nalia, the poor girl married off to Korin for the sole purpose of breeding a new royal line. She may end up surprising you as she did me.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Glasswrights' Guild by Mindy L. Klasky (Series Summary)


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This series of five books takes place in a medieval type world with a strict caste and religious system. The series follows Ranita Glasswright through five countries as she pursues her dream of becoming a Glasswrights' Master.


Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Glasswrights' Apprentice (Book 1 of 5)

By Mindy L. Klasky



Mind your caste...

Rani Trader was born a merchant, but now she is an apprentice in the prestigious Glasswrights' Guild. When Rani witnesses the murder of the Crown Prince, she's accused of being the killer.

On the run and labeled a traitor, Rani must travel the city streets, masquerading through her kingdom's strict castes as she attempts to discover the actual assassin. Along the way, Rani meets true friends and false leaders. She discovers a secret brotherhood, and she must determine who is her greatest ally... and who is her most bitter enemy.

"Mind your caste," Rani is told. But what good will that do, if her caste gets her killed before she can expose the Prince's actual murderer?

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The Glasswrights' Apprentice (Book 1 of 5) by Mindy L. Klasky
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Heroine, Coming-of-age
| ISBN-10: 1617563048
| ISBN-13: 9781617563041
| Publisher: E-Reads (January 4th 2011)
| Paperback: 328 pages
| Original cover art by Jerry Vanderstelt
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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13-year-old Rani Trader is one of the fortunate few whose parents are able to buy her way into Glasswright's Guild. From a young age she has loved patterns, finding that she had a talent even for arraigning her merchant family's wares in a way that attracted more customers to her parents shop. But always she dreamed of stained glass patterns, patterns in a myriad of colors that transformed light into to beautiful works of art.

Then suddenly, just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Rani's dreams come crashing down around her head, shattering like the glass she so wants to design and create.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Glasswrights' Progress (Book 2 of 5)

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By Mindy L. Klasky



The Little Army...

Rani Trader survived the destruction of her family, her glasswrights' guild, and everything else that she held dear. She has begun to settle into her new life, living in the palace of Morenia's new king. A brutal betrayal, though, within the very castle walls, results in Rani being kidnapped, carried overseas to distant Amanthia.

There, Rani discovers a plot against her king. Amanthia has raised the Little Army, a murderous force composed entirely of children. When Rani meets their captain, Crestman, she dreams of liberating the Little Army. But will she live long enough to try?

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The Glasswrights' Progress (Book 2 of 5) by Mindy L. Klasky

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Heroine, Coming-of-age
| ISBN-10: 1617563080
| ISBN-13: 9781617563089
| Publisher: e-reads.com (January 4, 2011)
| Paperback: 370 pages
| Cover Artist: Jerry Vanderstelt
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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In the second book of the series, 2 years have passed, Rani Trader is now 15 and about to embark, against her will, on another adventure. Bashi, the disgraced prince, kidnaps both Rani and Mair as he flees to his mother's homeland.


Monday, June 9, 2008

The Glasswrights' Journeyman (Book 3 of 5)

By Mindy L. Klasky




A land in ruin...

Rani Trader's beloved homeland of Morenia has been destroyed by fire. The only hope for rebuilding is for King Halaravilli to marry a wealthy princess from distant Liantine. Rani must set aside her own feelings to journey with the king, to negotiate for his bride.

In Liantine, Rani soon discovers a tangle of powerful entities: the wealthy Spiderguild with its monopoly on trade in silk and the brutal royal family, who have turned away from worship of the Thousand Gods. Even more intriguing, Rani finds the Players, traveling entertainers who have hoarded glassmaking secrets, guild-based knowledge that Rani craves.

Knowledge, though, always has a price. Can Rani strike a bargain that will save her homeland, her king, and her own heart?

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The Glasswrights' Journeyman (Book 3 of 5) by Mindy L. Klasky

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Heroine, Coming-of-age
| ISBN-10: 1617563129
| ISBN-13: 9781617563126
| Publisher: e-reads.com (January 17, 2011)
| Paperback: 390 pages
| Cover Artist: Jerry Vanderstelt
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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Rani, Rai, Ranita, no matter what you call her this girl seems to be destined to have every moral, every virtue, every loyalty tested over and over again relentlessly. The pattern of loyalty verses betrayal continues as Rani is faced with some tough choices, and every answer she comes up with hurts somebody she loves. Nobody can ever say that once Rani puts her mind to something, nothing will get in her way, but its not only her greatest strength, its her biggest flaw.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Glasswrights' Test (Book 4 of 5)

By Mindy L. Klasky



The ultimate test...

Rani Trader has finally been summoned by her exiled Glasswrights Guild, invited to test for the rank of master. Rani has craved such acceptance for years, and she has high hopes that all her past mistakes will finally be forgiven.

Rani journeys to Brianta, the religious center of all the land. Soon, she is cut off from her long-trusted companions, isolated by the glasswrights who have long memories of past betrayals.

Surrounded by religious fanatics, sickened by long hours of study, Rani soon realizes that she will be tested on far more than her knowledge of glassmaking--and the lives of loved ones hang in the balance.

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The Glasswrights' Test (Book 4 of 5) by Mindy L. Klasky

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Heroine, Coming-of-age
| ISBN-10: 1617563161
| ISBN-13: 9781617563164
| Publisher: e-reads.com (January 17, 2011)
| Paperback: 360 pages
| Cover Artist: Jerry Vanderstelt
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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Ranita has been put through every trial imaginable but at no time has she forgotten her dream. The dream of rebuilding the Glasswright's Guild in Morenia, the guild which was destroyed and banished because a few its member's were involved in the murder of the former king's eldest son. When Ranita receives an invite to come and be tested by what is left of the guild, which has fled to Brianta, it seems to good to be true. Afterall the remaining members of the guild blame her for its demise, not knowing that she was completely innocent in the prince's death.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Glasswrights' Master (Book 5 of 5)

By Mindy L. Klasky



The final battle...

Rani Trader has fled her homeland, escaping Morenia just as enemy armies invade. Encamped in the southern kingdom of Sarmonia, Rani must make the hardest bargain of her life--negotiating safety for herself, her beloved king, and his heir, even as she struggles to control mystical powers that rise within her.

As armies line up for the final battle, Rani must fight to become the master of her fate--and her guild.

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The Glasswrights' Master (Book 5 of 5) by Mindy L. Klasky

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Heroine, Coming-of-age
| ISBN-10: 161756320X
| ISBN-13: 9781617563201
| Publisher: e-reads.com (January 17, 2011)
| Paperback: 298 pages
| Cover Artist: Jerry Vanderstelt
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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In the final book all your questions will be answered, and in some surprising ways. Will Ranita finally achieve her dreams of restoring the Glasswrights' Guild or do the 1000 Gods have other plans for her? Will King Hal's kingdom (and sanity) be saved, will Mair ever find revenge, will the Fellowship of Jair be stopped in its quest for ultimate power or will the Royal Pilgrim be found? And what about Crestman, will his tortured soul ever find peace?


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