Archive for the ‘Novels’ Category

Unveiling the Sorceress
Writer: Saskia Walker
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 219

Unveiling the Sorceress has a pretty simple plot with an uncommon setting in regards to fantasy. The plot: among the gods, one has decided to directly influence the course of human events by creating unrest in the exotic lands. This leads to the possibility of war, and the peaceful and wealthy Aleem, a city coveted due to its riches and location in the trading routes, must find a way to make peace with its enemy, Karseedia. To do so, the young Empress Elishiba, decides to offer herself to Karseedia’s Emperor in marriage. While she doesn’t want to do this, she’ll do whatever it takes to defend and protect her people, and she hopes that by agreeing to such a marriage (which was her idea), she can negotiate with the Emperor and find another way to create peace between the two countries. The conflict comes in the form of the Emperor’s mother, who wants power for herself and wants Aleem squashed, and the fact that Elishiba finds herself dangerously attracted to one of Hanrah’s (the Emperor’s) advisors, Amshazar, who clearly has an agenda of his own.

The book is just a very enjoyable read. I loved the emotional depth to the characters, particularly Elishiba, who is a very solid heroine. The is pretty tight and rolls right along, and despite the book’s short length, there’s no shortage on the romance, sex, and personal sacrifice the characters have to make. There’s tragedy in this book, and that’s an impressive punch for 219 pages. The story wraps up well, though I couldn’t help but wonder if Walker might write a sequel, because the epilogue implies possible future adventures, and I’d enjoy seeing these characters again.

The full review, which does include spoilers, is at my journal, if anyone’s interested. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.

REVIEW: Saskia Walker’s UNVEILING THE SORCERESS

Happy Reading!

Shara Saunsaucie

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Apricot Brandy
Writer: Lynn Cesar
Genre: Fantasy/Contemporary
Pages: 300

I was really looking forward to this book. Intriguing title, beautiful cover, and a lesbian protagonist, the latter of which is super-cool, since JUNO has so far published romantic fantasy, so if the protag was a lesbian, I was guaranteed something different. And speaking of different, this modern fantasy takes place in a small town somewhere in the west, using Mayan mythology to boot.

It should’ve been awesome. It wasn’t. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

The full review where I rant and rave and spoil the heck out of the book is in my journal. As always, comments and discussion are most appreciated.

REVIEW: Lynn Cesar’s APRICOT BRANDY

Happy Reading!

Shara Saunsaucie

The Outback Stars
Writer: Sandra McDonald
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 416

Just finished reading Sandra McDonald’s debut novel, The Outback Stars. Part military SF, part space opera, and part science fiction romance, it’s a very enjoyable read, with a plot that I thought would be simple but became rather complex. Definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and lucky for me, it’ll be released this March. 🙂

The review, which does contain spoilers, is in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.

REVIEW: Sandra McDonald’s THE OUTBACK STARS

This book is also on the preliminary Nebula ballot, and I think it deserves a nom. But that’s me. 🙂

Happy Reading!

Kelso, Sylvia: Amberlight

Amberlight
Writer: Sylvia Kelso
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 260

So I finished reading Sylvia Kelso’s Amberlight, which is an interesting fantasy that focuses on a matriarchal society, gender reversals, and even touches (but not through said guy’s POV) male rape. It’s a short read, and an interesting one, and while I had some problems getting through it, I’m glad I did. I’ll be picking up the sequel when it’s released this year.

The full review’s in my LJ, if you’re interested. Fair warning, it does contain spoilers. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. 🙂

REVIEW: Sylvia Kelso’s AMBERLIGHT

Happy Reading! 🙂

Shara Saunsaucie