Review: Touch The Dark By Karen Chance


CAN YOU EVER REALLY TRUST A VAMPIRE?

A SURPRISINGLY CREATIVE DEBUT SERVES UP SOMETHING JUST A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE AVERAGE URBAN FANTASY TALE

 

Book CoverTouch The Dark
(Cassandra Palmer Series, Book 1)

Karen Chance

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback, 320 Pages
Date: 6th June 2006

ISBN-10: 0451460936
ISBN-13: 978-0451460936

 
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Looking for a run-of-the-mill urban fantasy yarn? Well, Touch The Dark, is not the book you are searching for. While it appears to be on the surface, and certainly starts off as such, Touch The Dark, slowly evolves into something a little more interesting. Elements of Greek mythology, re-imagined historical figures and time travel come together to create on oddly compelling mish-mash that will keep even the most unwilling readers engaged until the end.

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Review: The Magician’s Nephew By C.S. Lewis


MARKING THE BEGINNING OF THE ADVENTURES IN THE MAGICAL LAND OF NARNIA.

Regardless of whether it’s book one or book six, The Magician’s Nephew is an enjoyable but redundant tale.

 

Book CoverThe Magician’s Nephew
(The Chronicles Of Narnia, Book 1)

C.S. Lewis

Genre: Children’s, High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Kindle Edition, 192 Pages
Date: 5th May 2009

ASIN: B002UZ5J7W
 

 
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The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis is a book that requires little introduction. This children’s classic was the sixth book published in The Chronicles Of Narnia series in 1955, and is chronologically the first Narnia tale, pre-dating the events of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. It is arguably the weakest of the seven Narnia stories, and I believe this is principally due to its status as a prequel novel.

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Review: Dead Witch Walking By Kim Harrison


ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY JUST GIVE UP THE DAY JOB!!!

A HOPELESSLY INCOMPETENT BOUNTY HUNTING WITCH DISCOVERS THE PITFALLS OF RECKLESSLY QUITTING HER DAY JOB, THE HARD WAY

 

Book CoverDead Witch Walking
(The Hollows, Book 1)

Kim Harrison

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
Date: 5th January 2012 (First Published 2004)

ISBN-10: 0007459750
ISBN-13: 978-0007459759

 
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This book was given to me as a gift in the spring of 2005, introducing me to the Urban Fantasy genre for the first time, and making me a staunch admirer and fan of author, Kim Harrison, in the process. I’ve read it several times since then, and it’s still as good now as it was then. Dead Witch Walking, is the first book of the acclaimed Hollows series, throwing its readers into the city of Cincinnati in an alternate history Earth where humans coexist uneasily with the world’s supernatural population of vampires, witches, werewolves and more; collectively known as Inderlanders.

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Review: Talon Of The Silver Hawk By Raymond E. Feist


A DISTANT VOICE ECHOES IN HIS MIND: RISE UP AND BE A TALON FOR YOUR PEOPLE…

This start of a new trilogy is a promising, but ponderous revenge tale, with plenty of room for improvement in the sequels.

 

Book CoverTalon Of The Silver Hawk
(Conclave Of Shadows Trilogy, Book 1)

Raymond E. Feist

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
Date: 4th August 2003 (First Published 2002)

ISBN-10: 0007161859
ISBN-13: 978-0007161850

 
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It is a daunting proposition coming to a book set in a fictional universe that has been established in several previous novels that you’ve not yet read. That was the situation I found myself in when I began reading Talon Of The Silver Hawk, book one of the Conclave Of Shadows trilogy. Although Raymond E. Feist is an author I have been aware of for many years, and even have a number of his novels on my bookshelf, I had never actually read any of his work, until now.

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Review: Dead Until Dark By Charlaine Harris


MAYBE HAVING A VAMPIRE FOR A BOYFRIEND ISN’T SUCH A BRIGHT IDEA…

Thus begins the much beloved Southern Vampire Mysteries series, the brainchild of Charlaine Harris.

 

Book CoverDead Until Dark
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117028
ISBN-13: 978-0575117020

 
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Last summer saw the release of Charlaine Harris’ Dead Ever After, the final instalment of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which lead to much acrimony and gnashing of teeth among a legion of shipper fangirls. Now that the controversy has settled down, what better time to look back at the novel that first introduced readers to Sookie Stackhouse and her world of vampires, and their Fang Banger groupies.

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