How far would you go to learn the truth? Witches have been all but wiped out. The remnants of the once great covens are hidden, clinging to the last dregs of magic in a poisoned world. In the sanctuary of Umeå, a fledgling witch named Kanruo searches for the truth behind his family as his crush on the local governor's son becomes harder to ignore. But as secrets unveil themselves and dark forces converge on the horizon, will he be strong enough to change his fate?
Book Review: Stonebearer’s Betrayal
Forbidden magic compelled Katira to live a lie, but learning the truth is far more dangerous than she ever dreamed. When an innocent hunting trip turns into an attack, Katira’s world fractures. Her humble parents are actually legendary Stonebearers – immortal, powerful beings tasked with protecting the human world from creatures of the mirror realm. Those cracks widen and shatter apart when the Archdemoness, Wrothe, escapes from her timeless prison and snatches Katira away, intending to use her as bait to destroy not only her family line, but the entire Stonebearer Society. If Katira is to be made whole again, she must learn to trust the young stranger who’s trying to save her while finding the strength to accept not only her parents' power, but her own.
Book Review: A Smuggler’s Path
Inez, a smuggler by trade but a Duchess's daughter by birth--if not quite able to claim her birthright--is on a mission to bring magic back to her people. But by doing so, she will have to juggle all of her identities at once, while also tricking her closest friends. Will she be able to pull it off?
Book Review: The Earth is My Prison
The novel is divided into 3 parts, each following Tag as he goes on an adventure. The first part is dedicated to his life in the prison where he was born, the second to a kind of virtual family he finds after leaving the prison, and the third is when he ends up going back to the prison for something. Through it all, he is finding out who he is as a person, and what he wants in life.
Book Review: War of the Twin Swords
A short novella, great for when you have an hour or so to kill and do not want to commit to a larger novel. Pros include the characterization and premise. Cons include plot and pacing.
Book Review: Pauper King
In this dark murder mystery, Marlowe brings our fairytales into a whole new light. All residing in the same world, the stories we were told as children are not quite what they seem... In this world, Snow White, Goldilocks, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, all are recreated into something that the stories hadn't told us. A serial killer has been on a rampage in this world, destroying all that is good. Johannes--the former King--and his friends must find the killer and bring him--or her--to justice before the work is done. Luckily, they have clues to help them along the way. It seems that the killer is counting down from 10, meaning that Johannes and his crew know how many are left to save.
Book Review: Saturnius Mons
In this Sci-Fi novel, it is now the 31st century. Civilization as we know it destroyed themselves in the 21st century, and humankind escaped to the stars. Now, most of the technology from the 21st age, as well as its history, has been lost, and those on other planets are cut off from Earth. However, the Corporation--a kind of "evil" government-esque entity akin to our 21st century Big Business--has rediscovered the ability to space travel, and they are set on utilizing any and all resources on other planets--regardless of if there is a colony of humans already living there. An unlikely group of Ministry characters composed of a medic, a leader, a computer scientist, and a Martian warrior, join the Corporation's journey to Titan. While the Corporation is set on destroying any humans that happen to be there to exploit Titan's resources, the Ministry group strives to keep them alive.
Book Review: The Marshal
Elizabeth, a brand-new Marshal, sets out with her team to hunt down the notorious Wes Kerrigan. Their only hope to find Kerrigan and take him down is through the use of his old partner, an outlaw only minutely less evil, Rubin Stark. Stark leads the Marshals through the wastelands, hunting Kerrigan but always one step behind, and time is not on their side. Will the Marshals find Kerrigan before he destroys the world--again? Or will Stark turn on them before the deed is done?
Book Review: Moroda
Set in a world of magic, dragons, and war, Moroda must find a way to stop the battle before the entire world is set aflame by dragon fire. A leader of the flying race--Arillians--has been stealing the power of dragons and forcing people of all races to join his cause of world domination. Moroda and her small band of newly found friends are the world's only hope for survival. But what can a sky pirate, two weaponsmiths, a run-away soldier, a filthy Varkain, a cast-off Arillian, and two former Goldstone sisters do against the power of dragons?
Book Review: The Coordinate
In this novel, branded a sci-fi by the author, but which I think of more as a YA Adventure/Da Vinci Code, two high schoolers--former best friends who sadly grew apart--are tasked with the history project of researching the Secret Chamber of the White-Eyed Star God in the Copan Temple. As they navigate past missing webpages, a trip to Europe, time traveling, the President of the United States, and aliens, Emma and Logan find themselves unraveling the mystery of the stars. What will they find? And will they even survive their discovery?