Fantasy

Anything With Nothing Edited by Mercedes Lackey: Emotional Stories

This 17th anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar high fantasy universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Mercedes Lackey. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all […]

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“The Olympian Affair” by Jim Butcher: Complex and Amazing

For centuries the Cinder Spires have safeguarded humanity, rising far above the deadly surface world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses rule, developing scientific marvels and building fleets of airships for defense and trade. Now, the Spires hover on the brink of open war. Everyone knows it’s coming. The guns of the great airship fleets that

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“Traitor of Redwinter” by Ed McDonald: Unexpected Revelations

Traitor of Redwinter is the second in Ed McDonald’s Redwinter Chronicles, full of shady politics, militant monks, ancient powers… and a young woman navigating a world in which no one is quite what they seem. The power of the Sixth Gate grows stronger within Raine each day—to control it, she needs lessons no living Draoihn

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“Under a Smokestrewn Sky by A. Deborah Baker: Perfect Ending

Since stumbling from their world into the Up and Under, Avery and Zib have walked the improbable road across forests, seas and skies, finding friends in the unlikeliest of places and enemies great in number, as they make their way toward the Impossible City in the hope of finding their way home. But the final

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“The Aeronaut’s Windlass” by Jim Butcher: Superb Storytelling

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses develop scientific marvels, foster trade alliances, and maintain fleets of airships to keep the peace.   Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting

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Out and About: CokoCon 2023

As the end of August approaches, Duncan’s Books and More has the latest on our next event, CokoCon 2023. Set on Labor Day weekend, September 1st through the 4th, CokoCon is a local science fiction convention that promotes literacy and builds the local community. Sponsored by WesternSFA and CASFS, the event has a lot to

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In Charms Way by Lana Harper: Distinct and Complex

Six months after having been hit by a power surge that nearly obliterated her memory, Delilah Harlow is still picking up the pieces. Her once diamond-sharp mind has become shaky and unreliable, and bristly, self-sufficient Delilah is forced to rely on friends, family, and her raven familiar for help. In an effort to reclaim her

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Contrarian by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Phenomenal Political Intrigue

In Contrarian, protests against unemployment and poor harvests have become armed riots as the people sink deeper into poverty. They look to a government struggling to emerge from corruption and conspiracy. Recently elected to the Council of Sixty-Six, Steffan Dekkard is the first Councilor who is an Isolate, a man invulnerable to the emotional manipulations

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Medusa’s Sisters by Lauren J. A. Bear: Enthralling and Complex

The end of the story is only the beginning… Even before they were transformed into Gorgons, Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale were unique among their immortal family. Curious about mortals and their lives, Medusa and her sisters entered the human world in search of a place to belong, yet quickly found themselves at the perilous center

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