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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This is the first book in the Great Library series. It came to my attention in a post on The Hub about books set in libraries (I’m a sucker for that subgenre – that and books about books). Miss Adventure picked up the second book in the series at our library, and I convinced her to request the first one.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA urban fantasy/alternate history

Font: Bembo

Length: 351 pages

Setting: mostly parts of England and Alexandria, an alternate version of the present

Summary: Short version: The Library of Alexandria is all-powerful and Jess learns that leads to corruption Continue reading

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Back in 2008, I heard Charlaine Harris was writing rural fantasy (as opposed to urban fantasy – set in the backwoods of Louisiana). She writes in a similar vein to Laurell K. Hamilton (who is a favorite) so I picked up the book when I saw it.

Published: 2001

Genre: rural fantasy

Length: 312 pages

Setting: rural Louisiana, present day to the writing

Summary: Short version: Sookie starts a relationship with a vampire and foils a murderer Continue reading

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The Inconvenient God by Francesca Forrest

A received a free review copy of this novella in exchange for my unbiased review. It comes out on October 10th, so I’m reviewing it in anticipation of its publication date.

Published: 2018

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 46 pages

Setting: it felt like an African country (but with gods and goddesses that manifest in our world), basically present day

Summary: Short version: This divine decommissioning isn’t as easy it as was made out to be Continue reading

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The Smoke Job by Aaron Canton

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: May, 2016 in Mothership Zeta

Genre: urban fantasy

Setting: Manhattan, present day

Summary: Short version: Dragons are best at exploiting greed

Long version: Charisma is a dragon posing as a young woman so she can slip through life in Manhattan, but still steal all the gold and jewels that she deserves. She’s caught by Abby, who blackmails Charisma into giving her an interview. Charisma figures she can work on Abby’s greed to get what she wants, so she goes along with it. Turns out, Abby was just bait for Brooke, a vampire who wants Char’s hoard and to turn her into a thrall. There’s a big fight in the vault that Brooke ultimately loses. Abby is able to convince Char to work with her stealing from magical creatures doing bad things.

Final thoughts: This was a really fun story. I loved the tone of the whole story. In fact, I had to read a couple of quotes to my kids. For example, Char says, “I knew I was good, and with my entire hoard at stake, there was no way I was going to lose to a witch paparazzi and a vampire boxer.” Or the fact that she baits Brooke into biting her, but dragon blood is hot so Brooke burns her mouth.

I will admit I’m a sucker for a dragon story. In this case, Charisma has a few skills I’m not used to seeing in dragons. She can use a smoke cloud to focus the greed of those around her and distract them from her stealing. Too bad a vampire doesn’t have to breathe. She can also track all of her hoard, and uses that skill to disarm Brooke’s thralls when the lights go out in her vault. The fighting is clever and Abby is able to win over Charisma by appealing to her greedy side. Overall, very high quality.

Title comes from: Charisma uses a puff of smoke as a weapon. It makes anyone who breathes focus solely on the acquisition of shiny things.

 

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The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

This is the third book in the Trials of Apollo series. I’m committed to finishing the series.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 419 pages of story, 431 pages with glossary

Setting: mostly Southern California, present day

Summary: Short version: Meg, Apollo, and Grover have to rescue an Oracle from the Labyrinth Continue reading

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The Minotaur’s Wife by Thomas K. Carpenter

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: September 2016 in Galaxy’s Edge: Issue 22

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Setting: a diner between Albuquerque and Durango, present day

Summary: Short version: All is not what it seems at breakfast in the diner Continue reading

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Blood Bank by Tanya Huff

This was the last book in an omnibus collection of the Blood series that I bought.

Published: 1996

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 221 pages

Setting: various times and locations in Henry’s life Continue reading

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