Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire: Multilayered and Magical

The king of winter and the queen of summer are dead. The fight for their crowns begins! Melanie has a destiny, though it isn’t the one everyone assumes it to be. She’s delicate; she’s fragile; she’s dying. Now, truly, is the winter of her soul. Harry doesn’t want to believe in destiny, because that means …

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May 2022 Duncan’s Book Roundup: Jam Packed Full of Fun

Here for any of our faithful readers is our May 2022 Book Roundup, jam packed full of fun for readers of the magical and mystical. We have a lot this month so hold on tight while I give you the brief on each one.  First up, in the first week of May is Seanan McGuire’s …

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“Rosebud” By Paul Cornell: Elegant and Multi-layered

When five sentient digital beings—condemned for over three hundred years to crew the small survey ship by the all-powerful Company—encounter a mysterious black sphere, their course of action is clear: obtain the object, inform the Company, earn lots of praise. But the ship malfunctions, and the crew has no choice but to approach the sphere …

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Book Review: The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham

Book Review: The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham The galaxy was once terrorized by the Sturm, a group of “species purists” intent on destroying any human with genetic or cybernetic enhancements. Fashioning themselves as the one true “Human Republic,” the Sturm cut a bloody swath across the stars, killing billions before finally being defeated and …

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In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power: Gorgeous Story

Rhea and Lexos were born into a family unlike any other. Together with their siblings, they control the seasons, the tides, and the stars, and help their father rule their kingdom. Thanks to their magic, the family has ruled for an eternity, and plan to rule for an eternity more.  But Rhea and Lexos are …

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Suicide Kings by Stephen Blackmoore: Thrilling Action

The seventh book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. Family is murder.  When Eric Carter helps a friend with a deadly ritual that could determine the fate of the most powerful mage family in Los Angeles he steps …

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The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz: Impossibly Charming

In this funny and poignant novel, two strangers learn that their soul mate might be both as close as breath and as distant as a star, from British Fantasy Award recipient Sarah Lotz. Bee thinks she has everything: a successful business repurposing wedding dresses, and friends who love and support her. She’s given up on …

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The League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holton: Delightful

Miss Charlotte Pettifer belongs to a secret league of women skilled in the subtle arts. That is to say—although it must never be said—witchcraft. The League of Gentlewomen Witches strives to improve the world in small ways. Using magic, they tidy, correct, and manipulate according to their notions of what is proper, entirely unlike those …

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