Limits of Power by Elizabeth Moon (Paladin’s Legacy #4)

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Limits of Power is the third installment of Elizabeth Moon’s Paladin’s Legacy series, itself a sequel to her landmark debut trilogy The Deed of Paksenarrion. While the Paladin’s Legacy can be read with no knowledge of Deed (which is indeed how I read the first book, Oath of Fealty), reading this fourth volume without having read the earlier three in the Legacy series would be a mistake. Not only...

A Kill in the Morning by Graeme Shimmin

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You may know this from what goes on at SFFWorld, but, just in case you didn’t, I do like a good alternate history (aka these days as ‘a counterfactual’.) From Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle to L. Sprague de Camp’s Lest Darkness Fall and even Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series, I like the fact that in an alternate history the tale is recognisable yet undeniably different. Outside...

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

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Toby and his compadres are all ‘Defectives’ – young adults and children who have become infected with a disease that can strike at any time up to the age of eighteen. Once diagnosed, they are swiftly taken away from friends and family and isolated in this building, with no other contact with the outside world. They seem to exist on an island, in The Death House, a place that is – for want of...

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig by Tad Williams (A Bobby Dollar novella)

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One of the consequences or results of electronic publishing in recent years is the proliferation of shorter works (novellas, short stories, short novels) that might not ordinarily see the light of day in a physical only publishing landscape. As such, many writers are utilizing the electronic form of these shorter stories to explore characters or events in their long standing series. This brings us...

A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant #1) by David Weber & Timothy Zahn

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A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant #1) by David Weber & Timothy Zahn is a new book in a new series set in Weber’s expansive Honorverse. Many people will know this setting from the Honor Harrington novels, starting with On Basilisk Station, of which there are now over twenty from differing series. I’ve read the first ten of these, up to War of Honor, but left it there when it all seemed to...

Letters to Lovecraft Edited by Jesse Bullington

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So the premise is this: Letters to Lovecraft is eighteen tales, from a number of authors in a variety of styles, that approach Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s work through his essay, ‘Supernatural Horror in Literature.’ By doing so, the writers and its editor hope to ‘compile a collection of responses to Lovecraft’s ethos, in the form of original fiction.’ (page 7). As you might therefore expect,...

The Silvered by Tanya Huff

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Tanya Huff has published many novels across the broad spectrum of Speculative Fiction: Urban Fantasy, Vampire Novels, Secondary world fantasy, and Military Science Fiction. Many of those novels are part of a larger series. With The Silvered, Huff gives readers that rarest of beasts in Fantasy – a stand-alone novel. In other words, for readers like myself, a great entry point to sample her writing...

ULTIMA by Stephen Baxter

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After the pleasant surprise of Proxima (review here), in Ultima we’re launched straight into the cliff-hanger ending of the previous novel. (And so, in order to explain further, major plot revelations from Proxima have to be revealed here. You have been warned.) From the publisher: “In PROXIMA we discovered ancient alien artifacts on the planet of Per Ardua – hatches that allowed us to step...

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book I)

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Kaden, Adare, and Valyn are the three children of the Emperor of Annur, who sits atop the Unhewn Throne. Kaden, the eldest, is training with Shin monks of the Blank God, whose goal is the vaniate (an emptiness and clarity), Valyn trains with the Kettral, an elite military force who ride atop gigantic birds; and Adare remains in Annur as Minister of Finance. As is par for the course in many fantasy...

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

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Broken Homes (Book #4 of the Peter Grant series) by Ben Aaronovith Kindle Edition Published July 2013 Review by N. E. White It’s been over two years since I last visited with Peter Grant, our endearing, magic-wielding, London constable. After reading Broken Homes, I wondered what kept me away from him for so long. While I’m getting to this a year late, at least I’ve shown up with my own collapsible...
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