Review: Draigon Weather

Draigon Weather

 by Paige L. Chistie

Draigon Weather follows the woven lives of its main characters, Cleod and Leiel, and you have to keep track of when you are in each of their timelines: an effort not all readers will be willing to make, but it’s worth the work. This is not […]

Review: Simon Says

Simon Says

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Coming out on Oct 15, 2019: This is a police procedural/scifi hybrid with a cop who ends up getting sort of an android partner, almost by accident. Certainly, John Simon was not looking  for a witness to a crime to tag along and try and help. […]

Review: The Passing of the Pawns

The Passing of the Pawns (The King’s Daughter, Book2)

J. Kathleen Cheney

Set in the same world and sequel to The Amestrin Gambit (reviewed here), The Passing of the Pawns tells of further adventures of Ellis, neglected daughter of the King and his possible heir. Her brother is more likely to be […]



by M. C. Joudrey

Excellent, occasionally lyrical prose, but the narrator does something I found difficult to deal with: he sets up far too many questions in that 31-page opener without giving the reader any answers. It became irritating and I stopped trusting the narrator/writer to close the loop on any […]



by Richard Ford Burley

Mouse is a book that is never quite what it appears to be. The novel opens on a young autistic boy, the titular Mouse, attending middle school. I tend to read books without having examined the back matter, so my first impression of the book was that […]

In Dreaming Bound

In Dreaming Bound (Palace of Dreams Book 2)

by J. Kathleen Cheney

This is a sequel to Cheney’s Dreaming Death, reviewed here, and set in the same world as the series that contains Oathbreaker, Original, and Overseer (all also reviewed by A&A). I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’m a […]

Review: The Vessel of Ra

The Vessel of Ra (Klaereon Scroll, Book 1)

by  Catherine Schaff-Stump

The book, set in the 1800s, starts with a nice young man, Carlo, a hidden descendant of the Italian renaissance’s famed evil Borgia family, rescuing Lucy Klaereon who tries to drown herself in a Venice canal rather than allow herself to […]

Review: Dreaming Death

by J. Kathleen Cheney

When I first opened up this ebook I didn’t realize that it was written in the same world as Cheney’s trilogy that started with Oathbreaker, a series that I loved. Once I realized that this was in the same world I got really excited. I loved that series. And […]

Review: Challenge Accepted

Edited by Stephanie Barr

I’m not just an editor; I’m also an author who has an invisible disability, a dyslexia when typing that is so severe that the only way I could become a writer is if I had dictation software, because something is not wired right between my brain and my fingers. […]

Review: Swords, Sorcery, & Self-Rescuing Damsels

Swords, Sorcery and Self-Rescuing Damsels

Edited by Lee French and Sarah Craft (Clockwork Dragon)

How could I resist looking at a volume with a title like this one? The collection stays pretty true to its theme, showing a range of different styles and talents.

The first story, “The Falconer’s Apprentice” by Jodi […]