Tag Archives: Urban Fantasy

Book Review: Myths & Mortals

Myths and Mortals (Numina Trilogy #2)Myths and Mortals by Charlie N. Holmberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WARNING – This review may contain spoilers of book one in this trilogy, Smoke & Summons, and definitely contains spoilers for book two.

This is the second book in the Numina trilogy, and the second book I’ve read by Charlie N. Holmberg, and once again I found myself getting seriously dragged in by the story.

Continue reading Book Review: Myths & Mortals

Book Review: Ghosts of Gotham

Ghosts of GothamGhosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WARNING – This review may contain spoilers

Lionel Page is a professional debunker, a Chicago-based journalist who has made it is life’s work to hunt down fake psychics and charlatan spiritualists, and reveal them for the frauds that they are. But when he’s hired by a rich recluse for what initially appears to be a simple job he gets far more than he expected, including his first taste of real magic.

Continue reading Book Review: Ghosts of Gotham

Book Review: Smoke & Summons

Smoke and Summons (The Numina Series #1)Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book ahead of publication as part of Amazon’s Kindle First program for January ’19.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. It’s the tale of Sandis, a young woman who has the ability to act as vessel to otherworldly creatures known as numina, and tells of her attempt to escape the slavery she finds herself in as a result of this ‘gift’. Helping her along the way is Rone, a streetwise burglar and thief with a magical secret of his own, while working against her is the summoner Kazen, the man who kept her locked up in his underworld lair. The story gallops along at a fair pace, with very few places for the protagonists to catch their breath, and along with the main plot there are also a few secondary elements woven through the narrative involving Rone’s mother getting locked up for a crime he committed and Sandis’ search for an uncle she never knew she had. There’s a lot going on in those 300 or so pages.

Continue reading Book Review: Smoke & Summons

Book Review: White Rabbit

White RabbitWhite Rabbit by K.A. Laity
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Draygo used to be a police detective but now he’s a fairy dust addicted psychic just trying to get by. When a well-to-do client gets murdered in his parlour things start to get a little more interesting than Draygo likes and he soon finds himself being dragged through a whole range of complications in an effort to clear his name. Helping him actually put some effort into this are his erstwhile manservant Jinx, the freelance journalist Helen Saunders, and the smart-mouthed ghost of the aforementioned dead client.

Continue reading Book Review: White Rabbit

Book Review: Plague Nation

Plague Nation: An Ashley Parker NovelPlague Nation: An Ashley Parker Novel by Dana Fredsti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a free, signed copy of this and the other two books in the series at a local reading the author did. While I’ve tried to keep this review honest I do understand that it’s considered good form to be up-front about these things.

Plague Nation is the second book in Dana Fredsti’s Ashley Parker trilogy, . It follows on almost directly from where the first book left off, with Ashley and the rest of the wildcards mopping up the last of the zombies infesting Redwood Grove.

Continue reading Book Review: Plague Nation

Book Review: Between Two Thorns

Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds)Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up out of curiosity, and I have to say I was more than a little pleased with it. The basic premise is that there are two interconnected worlds, the normal everyday world of Mundanus (i.e. our world) and the faerie prison of Exilium, and in between both is the realm of the Nether, where those mortals touched by fae magic live out their somewhat prolonged and anachronistic lives.

Continue reading Book Review: Between Two Thorns