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Dragon's Time (The Dragon Books)
Dragon's Time (The Dragon Books)
by Todd McCaffrey
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointing installment, 30 Jun. 2011
I will buy the next book (the yet to be published Dragonrider) as I'm a completist, but if you aren't I'm not sure that you should bother with this. First off the prose just doesn't grip like an Anne McCaffrey book - somehow I just can't care as much about this lot. Secondly this one just piled disaster upon disaster - what else is poor Lorana going to have to suffer? Thirdly it's a shame that although there are some really good ideas here (the increase in the number of women riders is just one), the overriding impression of the book is - 'Fiona's sleeping with who tonight?', 'how young is that girl?', 'oh whoops lots more people just died, nevermind'.
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License to Ensorcell (Daw Book Collectors)
License to Ensorcell (Daw Book Collectors)
by Katharine Kerr
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.20

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Slant on UF, 1 Mar. 2011
This is a bit of a departure for Katherine Kerr, moving from straight fantasy into urban fantasy. Now, I'm not much of a fan of UF, and if you are looking for women who happen to have some kind of witch/were/vampire power plus tattoo, and who are strangely fascinating to the dark mysterious dangerous supernatural male who falls madly in love/lust with them, then you've come to the wrong book. This book is light and fluffy, witty and charming. It introduces Nola O'Grady (who yes does have some psychic powers) and her delightful extended family, and her partner in detective work (who yes, is dark and handsome) Ari. Think pulp noir and add werewolves and inter-dimensional shenanigans, and you'll end up with License to Ensorcell. Having said that, there are slight issues with the werewolf plot as it sort of fizzles out and sort of becomes something else half way, but this is a great introduction to what promises to be a very enjoyable series.


Cold Magic: Spiritwalker: Book One
Cold Magic: Spiritwalker: Book One
by Kate Elliott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read, 7 Sept. 2010
Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I just didn't love it quite as much as her previous Crossroads or Crown of Stars books. The heroine was a little too much like Liath in some ways, so not quite a 5 * book for me. However, the world building is excellent and fascinating for anyone who enjoys alt history, ice age geography, or the history of place names. I'm from Canterbury which is Cantiacorum here, and it is great fun seeing where other names have been derived from and just which dinosaurs the trolls may have evolved from. The heroines are sparky and carry the story forward, the steam punk elements fit in naturally and Kate's social commentary is thoughtful as always, but not intrusive into the story. Having often wondered if it wouldn't really have been too bad if Napoleon had won at Waterloo, it will be fascinating to see where this story goes. I look forward with interest to the next installment Cold Fire.


Traitors' Gate: Book Three of Crossroads
Traitors' Gate: Book Three of Crossroads
by Kate Elliott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi faceted fantasy, 9 Sept. 2009
This book works on two levels. On the first level it is a satisfying conclusion to the Crossroads trilogy. All loose ends are picked up and, although some events see a little rushed at the end or happen off page, overall the pacing works well. Events also don't go quite as the seasoned reader might anticipate (although there is an increasingly ominous aura surrounding one character) which adds to the pleasure of the book. Warning - you may find it impossible to put down!

On the second level it is a thought provoking read about how to ensure a truly just society. On the surface the Hundred is an idyllic place to live, relaxed about sexuality, democratic and giving women equal rights yet, like Nazi Germany, even reasonably 'good' people have joined up with an army whose actions are 'evil'. Why did they join? How do you bring justice to this army? Is justice different from revenge? Is justice different from what seems expedient in the short term? At the end of the book the reader is, I think, left with a very different perspective than they started with.

Thoroughly enjoyable.


The Shadow Isle (Deverry Cycle)
The Shadow Isle (Deverry Cycle)
by Katharine Kerr
Edition: Paperback

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Penultimate Installment, 4 May 2008
As Katharine says in her Author's Note, "Despite what you may have seen or heard",this is not the last book as such, but rather part one of a two part end (the Silver Mage will conclude). As you can imagine therefore, little is actually tied up, and in fact we get some new (and some returning but now able to speak and act) characters - and species - to add to the drama and move the plot on. (The mystery runes on the dwarven staff are obviously to play a key role and are referenced many times in this book to my delight). This isn't a criticism; I was concerned that matters would wrap up too pat and quickly and am glad that there is one more book and I appreciate the new characters and what they add. In addition matters develop and progress satisfactorily with the returning main characters, rounding them out, and I get the impression that we are building towards several big set pieces in the finale to get them all settled in the elven city of Rinbaladelan - which is where I assume it will end. My only unfulfilled, as yet, hope is that we will see more of Niffa, Jahdo and Carra (my personal favourite). In particular the map of Rinbaladelan, last seen being hidden in Rhodda's library by Evandar, must surely play some key part, and Carra/Bellyra's love of history must discover it?


The Spirit Stone
The Spirit Stone
by Katharine Kerr
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Penultimate Deverry!, 25 July 2006
This review is from: The Spirit Stone (Paperback)
As a long time fan of the series, I found the previous book, Gold Falcon, slightly disappointing in its lack of a past life section. Spirit Stone suffers no such problem, and the Ebany flashback fills in quite a few gaps. The story widens to include some surprising new good guys, and although I love the main Neb and Branna story I was quite pleased to see it take a back seat while the plot thickens. Shadow Isle, the final installment promised for 2008 has quite a few plot strands to wrap up, but Spirit Stone has given me the confidence that Kerr will provide a satisfying, and not totally predictable, finale to this fantastic series.


The Gold Falcon: Book 4
The Gold Falcon: Book 4
by Katharine Kerr
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for more, 26 May 2006
You can really feel the end approaching in this book as plot lines start to get (satisfyingly) wrapped. I loved the book and meeting all the familiar and favourite characters again, but really missed the past life section. This was included in an earlier draft (and fills in Salamander's parentage and the 'missing' incarnation) and I can't wait to find out the mystery and continue this great series.


A Forest of Stars (Saga of Seven Suns)
A Forest of Stars (Saga of Seven Suns)
by Kevin J. Anderson
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer Filler, 14 July 2003
This is sci-fi lite; enjoyable but without the technical depth of Alastair Reynolds, or the wit and ingenuity of Iain M Banks. If you aren't too fussy, however, you should find this more than suitable to pack away for the beach. It continues the saga begun in Hidden Empire, filling in on old characters and introducing a few new ones, and this aspect is done very well. You can't help being concerned about the cast of this space opera, and I look forward to the next installment which promises to hot up the action a bit more. Not much really happens in this book though, it is definitely a mid saga book. Roll on book 3.


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