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Review: Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin

Review: Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin

June 18, 2014 4.5 stars, Book Review 19 ★★★★½

In Deadly Curiosities, Gail Z. Martin paints us a beautiful portrait of modern Charleston, with a paranormal twist. I love that the main character, Cassidy, lives in Old Charleston in a “Charleston Single House” that she inherited. It oozes southern charm, and I can picture where she lives very clearly…. Read more »

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Review: Tides by Betsy Cornwell

Review: Tides by Betsy Cornwell

June 13, 2014 3.5 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 17 ★★★½

Rocky ocean beaches, sea spray, romance, lighthouses, and selkies…who could ask for more? Tides by Betsy Cornwell delivers folk tales come to life in spades. Like a true folktale, Tides is a dark warning wrapped up in a magical wrapper.  There are dark themes involved in this story and it might… Read more »

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Review: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

Review: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

May 26, 2014 4 stars, Book Review 12 ★★★★

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.

Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity.

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