This is the Dragon Kin book I’ve been waiting for! A perfect balance of action, humor, and romance, Aiken does a fantastic job keeping her enormous cast of characters in line (and hilarious).
Monthly Archives:: September 2012
MARK OF THE WITCH is a clever and thought provoking journey of magical discovery, betrayal, and entwined destinies. I loved how Indira’s past life is slowly revealed through a dream of her sacrifice that becomes more detailed over the course of the story.
Maggie Stiefvater is not a writer. She is a magical creature who spins stories and creates worlds so real readers can taste, touch, and breathe them in. THE RAVEN BOYS, the first book in the new Raven Cycle series is a wonderfully strange tale that takes just a little time to sink into before running off with the heart and imagination of every reader fortunate enough to read it.
The Chronicles of Elantra are an intricate hybrid of urban and high fantasy, with gritty streets, magical creatures, and medieval elements intwined. Sagara has created her own “urban” environment, as the City in which Kaylin lives serves as her whole world. Even in CAST IN PERIL, when obligations are going to take her beyond the familiar confines of her home, the landscape outside the City proper consists of danger, magic, etiquette, and inscrutable beings. Kaylin is right at home.
A beautiful melding of time period and myth, INCARNATION drifts through the misty streets of an imagined London. Without bogging down in accent or details, Cornwall creates a new mythology of the Slayer, vampires, and werewolves, as well as the city itself. Lucy awakens to her second life alone and confused, but it is immediately clear that the usual rules that govern vampires do not apply to her.
RISE OF NINE, the third book in the Lorien Legacies series, is a fast, action packed sci-fi adventure story about a race for survival that kept me glued to the pages wondering what would happen next. I enjoyed seeing how these characters used their powers and constantly intrigued by the new developments in their abilities and in the coming war.
The issue of A HOST OF FURIOUS FANCIES, Bedlam Bard #4-5, brought back happy memories of some of my first encounters with Urban Fantasy. Bedlam Bard #3, BEDLAM BOYZ, was one of my favorite books in high school (despite the “z” in the title). It was the first time I remember reading about a character that had both magic and homework. Vivian Vande Velde’s COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT and Annette Curtis Klause’s BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE introduced me to modern vampires and werewolves, soon to be followed by Anita Blake. I circle back to all of these books again and again over the… Read more »
I often describe urban fantasy novels as “dark” when there’s violence and pain, loss and mourning. THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND is wrapped in gossamer strands of darkness so pervasive, so heartbreaking and real, I need a new word to evoke the pain of these characters.
With HIDDEN, Sophie Jordan’s romantic and exhilarating Firelight trilogy comes to an end. As one of the few YA series that has a dragon shifter protagonist, this series has set the standard for any that follow in its path. The mythology and Pride politics play a huge supporting role for the central romance and provide ongoing tension as fire Draki Jacinda struggles to find freedom, answers, and discern her own hearts true desires.
Fantastical and haunting, from the start THE WHITE FOREST had me glued to the page. I couldn’t tell if our narrator was out of JANE EYRE or THE TELL-TALE HEART, but Jane’s measured description of her strange world had me captivated.