The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren

Warren interweaves the hidden tensions of village life with the slightly fantastical, creating an engaging murder mystery where magic and the supernatural add both solutions and problems. After breaking the cardinal rule about using magic to change fate, Quinn Calahan is sent to run the bookshop in a small village in southern Ireland. Resolving not … Continue reading The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror, ed. Lynne Jamneck

Jamneck applies a broad rather than narrow criteria to both female voice and Lovecraftian horror, resulting in a diverse range of stories. This anthology contains twenty short stories and novelettes that portray a female-perspective on an incomprehensible universe. “Shadows of the Evening” by Joyce Carol Oates. Escaping the tedium of life as her ageing aunt's … Continue reading Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror, ed. Lynne Jamneck

Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore

Pescatore mixes character-driven political plot with sweeping prophecies and mighty sorceries, creating epic fantasy that has heroic protagonists without collapsing into a simplistic good-vs-evil binary. Disguised as foreign diplomats and secretly aided by the heir to the throne, Gabriel and his companions attempt to end the tyrannical rule of the King of Lirin. However, when … Continue reading Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore

First Bite: A Limited Edition Vampire Romance Collection, (ed.) Kay Elle Parker & A.M. Olenick

This anthology collects eight novellas and one short story, spanning styles, time periods, and genres, each of which features some form of vampire romance. “Quicksilver: A Hunter’s Mission”, April A. Luna: When Quicksilver finds herself urgently in need of blood, she is forced to hunt a human rather than rely on stored blood; unfortunately, Clive … Continue reading First Bite: A Limited Edition Vampire Romance Collection, (ed.) Kay Elle Parker & A.M. Olenick

Savant by Jim Alexander, Will Pickering, Finn Cram, & Jim Campbell

Alexander, Pickering, Cram, and Campbell reference the art and sensibilities of classic sci-fi comics without being constrained by them, creating a graphic novel that will appeal equally to fans of aesthetics and plot. Possessing the ability to experience the emotions of others, Lode has travelled the universe chronicling the lives of the dying. When the … Continue reading Savant by Jim Alexander, Will Pickering, Finn Cram, & Jim Campbell

St Barlaam’s Day: Crime was never meant to be this funny by R.B. Taylor

Taylor skilfully applies the forms of political satire to the tale of a band from an East London estate, creating a tale that is likely to appeal to fans of Tom Sharpe, Antony Jay, and Jonathan Lynn. With representatives of three major labels having agreed to attend their next gig, St Barlaam’s Day think things … Continue reading St Barlaam’s Day: Crime was never meant to be this funny by R.B. Taylor

Sin City Assassin by Cynthia Vespia

Vespia blends urban fantasy with gangster tropes, creating a heist-gone-wrong thriller that will also appeal to fans of gritty vampire action. This novel is the third in Vespia’s Vegas Vigilantes series. Spoilers are possible. After waking up with almost-total amnesia and a bullet wound to the head, Nico discovered her exceptional agility makes her a … Continue reading Sin City Assassin by Cynthia Vespia

Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster

McMaster fuses behaviours common to all humans with an engaging mix of fantasy and Victoriana, creating a novel that offers something for fans of both paranormal romances and steampunk thrillers. This novel is set after the events of some of McMaster’s London Steampunk novels and might include characters from those. Thus, this review might contain … Continue reading Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Bradley coats the myth of Arthur in the mud of early British history, creating a story that gives a voice to those who are not the shining knights of legend without in turn making them in turn more hero than human. Set a generation after the withdrawal of the Romans, this novel retells Arthurian legend … Continue reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley