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Two New Series

Mage's Blood

Today we celebrate the launch of two new series. First, an epic fantasy by David Hair, up to now a YA author with two previous series under his belt. With Mage’s Blood he steps into the adult realm. Our reviewer (and an extended post on the Tor blog by Niall Alexander) places the Moontide Quartet squarely in the […]

Hot title alert: The Bone Season

The Bone Season

The Bone Season is the first in a projected seven-book fantasy series by 21-year-old Samanatha Shannon. Last week it was announced as the first TODAY book club selection. There is a great deal of buzz around this book, and I believe teens will be asking for it. Shannon wrote the book while a student at Oxford. I […]

Weekly Reviews: Murder in London

Murder as a Fine Art

Two excellent murder mysteries set in 19th century London begin our week. Veteran action/thriller writer David Morrell mixes fact and fiction in his latest, Murder as a Fine Art. It has been so successful that he plans to write at least one more book featuring Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily. Morrell was awarded the International Thriller Writers’ […]

The Formula for Murder

Formula for Murder

Victorian newspaper reporter Nellie Bly is at it again in Carol McCleary‘s latest. Her investigations began in The Alchemy of Murder, and continued last year in The Illusion of Murder (see the AB4T review here). In The Formula for Murder she is joined by none other than H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde and Conan Doyle. Coincidentally, yesterday afternoon I had […]

Caliban’s War

Caliban's War

Caliban’s War is the second Expanse novel, following last year’s much-lauded Leviathan Wakes. In my post on Leviathan Wakes, I mentioned that James S.A. Corey is actually two people, a pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They also share a blog called Lizard Brain, which is where I learned that there is also an Expanse […]



What began with Feed and continued with Deadline, now concludes with Blackout. Oh, and there’s Countdown, a novella that goes back to the origins of the zombie plague. And another titled San Diego 2014, which takes place during Comic-Con. Seems like Grant is hardly finished with this world! There is a fun piece on the Orbit […]

Devil’s Wake

Devil's Wake

Devil’s Wake, the first in a new series by husband and wife writing team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, adds welcome diversity to the crowded zombie field. Tananarive Due is author of the acclaimed African Immortals series, which can also be recommended to young adults. It includes My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, Blood Colony, and My Soul to Take. […]

Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow

Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow

Juliet Grey is back with the second in her trilogy based on the life of Marie Antoinette. Becoming Marie Antoinette began Marie Antoinette’s story at age 10. Days of Splendor picks up when she begins her reign, and covers the next 15 years of her life, ending in 1789, after the storming of the Bastille. The first 300 […]

Kingdom of Strangers

Kingdom of Strangers

And we’re back from hiatus feeling refreshed and energized. I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful summer! Today I am thrilled to share a review of the third book in one of my personal favorite mystery series, which began with the 2009 Alex Award-winning Finding Nouf. Author Zoe Ferraris followed Finding Nouf with City of Veils, […]

Vampire Empire series

Rift Walker

Today we review the first two books in the Vampire Empire series. “The Best Vampire Fiction Releases of 2011”, a recent post on Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog, highlights this series and looks forward to both the final book in the trilogy, due in September, and Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (to follow 2010’s The Passage), as […]