Left-Hand Gods

Left-Hand Gods

(Hadley Rille Books)

by Jamie Lackey

The story opens with Beth, using a drop of her blood to do magic in secret, calling on the Left-Hand Gods. She’s spent her whole life hiding from being executed because of magic in her […]



(Norilana Books)

by Vera Nazarian

Dear GOD what a wonderful book. It’s a Young Adult story, but don’t let that stop you. And it’s first in a series so you can look forward to reading all of the books in the Atlantis Grail series.

The setup: […]

A&A Reviews: Women in Practical Armor

Women in Practical Armor

Edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy

(Evil Girlfriend Media)

This is another kickstarter project, and a worthy one. It starts out with “Attrition,” by Judith Tarr. Not my favorite story in the volume but good and solid; it sets […]

A&A Reviews: Rites of Passage, a DMA Casefile

Rites Of Passage: a DMA Casefile of Agent Karver and Detective Bianca Jones

by Patrick Thomas and John L. French

This is a collaborative novel by the author of the DMA Casefiles (like the FBI, but it stands for the Department of Mystical Affairs) and the […]

A&A Reviews “Bad Bishop”

Bad Bishop

by Irene Soldatos

(Hadley Rille Books)

A secret history and epic tale of intrigue and aguls in Europe, this is set in the early 1100’s. I’m not a fan of any sort of vampire fiction or of period pieces that are so meticulously written […]

The Seer’s Choice

The Seer’s Choice

by J Kathleen Cheney

The 1800s Portugal setting of Cheney’s novella “Of Ambergris, Blood and Brandy” in Abyss & Apex was expanded by J. Kathleen Cheney into three novels set in that magical world: her Tales of the Golden City series, available from Roc. The […]

Serpent of the Shangrove

Serpent of the Shangrove

by C.N. Lesley

Have you read Darkspire Reaches, a book that so captivated me that I missed meals and was unaware the sun had gone down? Read that first, as Serpent of the Shangrove is not exactly a “First Novel” (a book where you […]

Lex Talionis

Lex Talionis

by R. S. A. Garcia

This is a fast-paced, science fiction action-thriller. It’s meaty in more ways than one: 324 pages of skiffy goodness with excellent characters, intrigue, aliens, and a whirlwind plot.

In summary, a young woman is brought to a hospital in very serious […]

Iron Shoes

Iron Shoes:

Three Tales from Hawk’s Folly Farm

by J Kathleen Cheney

This book contains three complete fantasy novellas set in 1800s Saratoga Springs, NY, home of the historic Saratoga Race Track.

In the first novella, “Iron Shoes,” the young widow Imogen Hawkes has inherited a […]

Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions

Election 2100: Game of Scorpions

by Larry Hodges

In this amusing satire, the American two-party electoral system is now used to elect a World President. The father-daughter team of Toby and Lara Platt might seem caricatures of cutthroat campaign directors to those on the right, but those on […]