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Squire by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Protector of the Small series. I needed something a bit lighter to read, and this fit the bill (and was in the house).

Published: 2001

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 390 pages of story, 412 pages total

Setting: various locations in Tortall, 456-459, just after the events of Page

Summary: Short version: Kel’s adventures as squire to Lord Raoul Continue reading

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No Quarter by Tanya Huff

This is the third book in the Quarters series.

Published: 1996

Genre: fantasy

Length: 413 pages

Setting: Shkoden, soon after the events of Fifth Quarter

Summary: Short version: The Bards try to understand the newly discovered fifth kigh (the soul) Continue reading

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Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chockshi

This is the second Pandava book. Miss Adventure saw it sitting on the library shelf and snapped it up.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 365 pages of story, 381 pages with glossary

Setting: various locations in the Overworld, soon after the events of Aru Shah and the End of Time

Summary: Short version: The pandavas must recover Kamadeva’s stolen bow and arrow Continue reading

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The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards (another trifecta story).

Published: January, 2018 in Lightspeed Magazine, and as a podcast at PodCastle in May, 2019 (both are still available online for free at the links provided)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: a medieval technology city

Summary: Short version: A boy learns that doing real magic as a Court Magician requires sacrifice Continue reading

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Page by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the Protector of the Small series. Miss Adventure has been bugging me to read more in the series. I was reading a collection of stories and fit this book in between some chapters.

Published: 2000

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 245 pages of story, 257 pages total

Setting: Corus, the capital of Tortall, 453-6, months after First Test

Summary: Short version: Kel’s second-fourth years as a page Continue reading

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Queen of Darkness by Anne Bishop

This is the third and final book in the Black Jewels trilogy.

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 430 pages

Setting: mostly Kaeleer, after the events of Heir to the Shadows

Summary: Short version: The final confrontation between Jaenelle and Dorothea Continue reading

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The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Illustration by Odera Igbokwe. Follow the link to the story at Fireside Magazine

I recently saw a post about the nominees for the 2019 Locus Award. One of the Locus Awards is given for short stories. I checked and can access all of the nominees, so I thought I’d read and review them all. Since they’re awarded in June, I might even get them all reviewed before I find out who the winner is. Maybe. Anyways, here’s my first review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Short Story Awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: urban historical fiction

Setting: a United States with mythological creatures and magic, around the Revolutionary War time (late 1700s)

Summary: Short version: The person’s story behind each tooth George Washington acquires Continue reading

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