Hunting Vampires for Fun and Profit by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues his blending of vampire tropes and the concerns of modern US youth to create an engaging tale that has much to appeal both to classic vampire fans and new adult fans. This novel is the thirteenth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers for previous volumes might cross your path ahead. The sort … Continue reading Hunting Vampires for Fun and Profit by Matthew S. Cox

The Wind Mage and the Wolf by Stephanie Flint

Flint blends aspects of spy thriller with an interesting fantasy society to create a novella that asks questions about what freedom actually is without ceasing to be an engaging tale of magical action. Livena, an illegal mage suffering a truth curse, fled her homeland for the city of Ashan in the company of an ex-mage … Continue reading The Wind Mage and the Wolf by Stephanie Flint

The Burning Alchemist by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues his blending of fast-paced thrills, an engaging urban fantasy world, and strong characters, creating another tale of magical firefighting and not destroying the universe. This is the fifth volume of Cox’s Temporal Armistice series. Ignore the muffled giggling. There definitely aren’t spoilers just waiting to leap out beyond this point. When Brooklyn Amari … Continue reading The Burning Alchemist by Matthew S. Cox

The Zero Signal by Rick Wayne

Part biopunk thriller, part speculation on post-industrial social advance, this novel will appeal both to fans of fast-paced gritty action and thought-provoking futurism. In a possible future, advances in gene manipulation allow people to edit their own bodies as easily as we hack technology, leading to a thriving mod community. Most modders are good intentioned, … Continue reading The Zero Signal by Rick Wayne

Seventh Wife of the Demon King by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends romance with politics to create a fantasy novella that does not equate personal happiness with happily ever after. Generations ago, demons conquered the kingdom. Lord Robin, one of the current demon king’s nobles, has lived a privileged by tedious life until Katherine literally crashes into him. His body reacts as if she is … Continue reading Seventh Wife of the Demon King by Jordan Elizabeth

Out of Mind by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends wilderness survival, techo-thriller, and teenage anxiety with a fresh and interesting alien world in a way that each amplifies the others rather than conflicting. This is the second book in Cox’s Progenitor series. Possible spoilers ahead. Sima Nuvari grew up on the streets, chased by gangs and the law alike, until the day … Continue reading Out of Mind by Matthew S. Cox

Hindsight’s 2020, ed. Tyrolin Puxty

Flavoured with but not tainted by the uncertainty and constraint of the Covid-19 pandemic, this anthology provides a series of engaging escapes from reality. This anthology collect nine stories inspired by the theme of “regret”, spanning a range of genres and styles. ‘I Should Have Known’ by Samantha Bryant. A young woman reminisces on why … Continue reading Hindsight’s 2020, ed. Tyrolin Puxty

Deep Silence by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends Regency society, magic, and political tensions to create a spy thriller where gadgets sit plausibly beside discussions of dresses. Discovered with no memory of her past, Audra is taken in by an orphanage. With no other prospects, staying on as a teacher seems a better option than the workhouse. However, when the son … Continue reading Deep Silence by Jordan Elizabeth

Ascendant Revolution by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to seamlessly blend the mature and complex issues of a wildly unfair technological society with a youthful view point to create fast-paced, accessible science fiction with depth. This is the third book in the Faded Skies series. Spoilers might occur. Maya has adopted parents and an adopted sister who love her; and, after … Continue reading Ascendant Revolution by Matthew S. Cox