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The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (book review).

March 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley	(book review).

A woman opens her eyes and is faced with a ring of bodies and no idea of who she is. Luckily, the previous inhabitant of her body left good instructions to allow Myfanwy Thomas to get on with life. It isn’t necessarily her life but it looks better than the alternative of a life on […]

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Homunculus (A Tale of Langdon St. Ives) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

February 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Homunculus (A Tale of Langdon St. Ives) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

A mighty airship has been sighted over London, descending towards Earth after fifteen years in the air. On the ground, shady dealings and nefarious plots intertwine as Langdon St. Ives and his associates try to piece together strange happenings. The dead are walking, rumours of a homunculus are spreading and everyone from the mad preacher […]

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The Sea Watch (Shadows Of The Apt book six) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

February 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Sea Watch (Shadows Of The Apt book six) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

Stenwold Maker guided Collegium through the first war with the Wasp Empire, forming alliances with unlikely people and winning an uneasy truce. Now his diplomatic and political skills are tested to new extremes as he encounters an entirely unknown group of kinden, who reside beneath the sea. With few friends around him, Stenwold must survive […]

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Fathom by Cheri Priest (book review).

February 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Fathom by Cheri Priest (book review).

Nia goes to stay with her cousin Bernice, hoping for a summer of fun but what she finds changes her life forever. After a sudden violent event, both women are altered, used by creatures of legend as tools in their ongoing battle. Bernice is dragged to the ocean depths by Arahab, who wants to wake […]

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (book review).

January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (book review).

Le Cirque des Rêves (Circus Of Dreams) is a circus like no other, appearing overnight with no announcements and leaving again one day with no warning. It is a place of wonder, with rare delights to challenge your senses and indulge your fantasies. Behind the scenes, the circus is also the setting for a magical […]

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Hands Of Isis by Jo Graham (book review).

January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Hands Of Isis by Jo Graham (book review).

Charmian and Iras are half-sisters and handmaidens to Cleopatra, one of the most powerful women in the ancient world. Through Charmian’s eyes, we journey through Cleopatra’s life, from when she was a child right through to her death. This journey takes us throughout Ancient Egypt to the developing Roman Empire, meeting Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, […]

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The Aylesford Skull (A Langdon St. Ives novel) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

January 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Aylesford Skull (A Langdon St. Ives novel) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

Langdon St. Ives has moved with his family to the tranquil village of Aylesford hoping to leave his past and enemies behind him. Yet almost as soon as the family arrives, mysterious strangers are seen by the river and St. Ives learns that Aylesford is the birthplace of his nemesis, Dr. Ignacio Narbondo. When Narbondo […]

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Dragon In Chains (The Moshui Trilogy book one) by Daniel Fox (book review).

January 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dragon In Chains (The Moshui Trilogy book one) by Daniel Fox (book review).

The young emperor, Chien Hua, has been forced to flee his home after power-hungry generals seized control. He finds himself in exile on the island of Taishu, where he takes a feisty young fishing girl, Mei Feng, to be his companion. Hearing that the emperor is so close, Yu Shan’s clan send him from the […]

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A Matter Of Blood (The Dog-Faced Gods book 1 of 3) by Sarah Pinborough (book review).

January 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Matter Of Blood (The Dog-Faced Gods book 1 of 3) by Sarah Pinborough (book review).

Cass realises that nothing was as it seemed. His family had all been keeping secrets and now it is vital that Cass uncovers them all. As the killings continue and his family mysteries deepen, everything seems to be leading Cass towards a confrontation with the notorious economic super-power, The Bank, and the elusive Mr. Bright. […]

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Taken (Alex Verus book 3) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

November 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Taken (Alex Verus book 3) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

Apprentice mages have been going missing and when the Council can’t find them, Alex Verus is called in to help. Almost immediately, he receives an anonymous note telling him to go to Fountain Reach, location of the prestigious White Stone Tournament, but surely it can’t be that simple? Encountering ancient beasts, dark mages and secretive […]

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