Genre: Historical

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Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

October 14, 2013 Review 0

RAGS & BONES is a gorgeously curated collection of short stories, as satisfying for the glimpses of each story’s origin story as the final product. Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall when your favorite author pitches an idea? See a little piece of art through their creative lens? As favorite authors distill classic tales to their essence, this anthology was immersive and thought provoking, a masters class in the creative process with an all star attendance list.

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Review: Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb

Review: Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb

October 10, 2013 Review 0

WITCHSTRUCK’s description references THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL as well as THE SECRET CIRCLE, and right there it is spot on. WITCHSTRUCK is a fun read, if you like the historical paranormal genre. It was very believable in terms of setting, and how the characters would have acted. Except for the magic of course!

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Early 5!bat Review: The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2) by Shana Abe

Early 5!bat Review: The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2) by Shana Abe

August 9, 2013 Review 2

While THE SWEETEST DARK brought Abe’s Drakon into the twentieth century, marrying the poetry and mystery of their magic with bombings and black-outs and Europe at war, THE DEEPEST NIGHT took that springboard and lept to the next level. A strengthening heroine, a tender love story, and daring midnight flights over war-torn Europe, this book gave me all the tenderness and adventure and strength and magic I could have hoped for, all in a neatly paced story that leaves me anxious for more.

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5bat! Review: Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott

5bat! Review: Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott

June 27, 2013 Review 1

If prior books established this intricate, fascinating world, COLD STEEL is all about Cat and Vai living in it. Revolution convulses the land and the politics of their world is as much of a concern as the magic swirling around them. Cat continues to explore her heritage, Vai struggles to find a future, and together they work through obstacles and compromises that may offer hope of happiness.

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Early 5bat! Review: Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler

Early 5bat! Review: Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler

June 15, 2013 Review 4

SEA CHANGE takes the alien brutality of Grimm’s tales, washes them smooth and small with the hush of the sea, and transmutes the familiar pieces of magic and friendship, villainy and madness, love and happily ever after into something altogether new. Haunting, heart wrenching, and beautiful, SEA CHANGE is a book I won’t soon forget… or entirely understand.

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Review: The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow

Review: The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow

May 30, 2013 Review 0

Lilith Saintcrow’s flavor of simmering emotion, significant glances, and dramatic mystery is a perfect compliment to the Victorian alternate timeline that contains her Bannon & Clare series. And while this tone makes for deliciously satisfying unspoken devotion, both romantic and platonic, it can also obscure the magical elements of the story beyond understanding.

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Early 5Bat! Review: Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

Early 5Bat! Review: Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

April 19, 2013 Review 2

QUINTANA OF CHARYN was the kind of book that inspires haunting the internet, keeping an eye out for pre-orders and strategizing to outsmart regional publication dates. Here in this last story, the rhythms of the trilogy transmuted to something new. If FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK gave me Finnikin and Evangeline, if FROI OF THE EXILES broke my heart and reassembled the pieces around Froi and Quintanta, QUINTANTA OF CHARYN is the story of all of these characters. Of their kingdoms and politics, of their past loses and vengeful anger, of the danger and passion that no sword can fend off.

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