The Cursed Halls of Kalecen by Stephanie Flint

Flint presents magic, cunning, and duelling as different but equal matters, creating a tale that captures how non-mages might hold their own in a world of powerful mages and active gods. As duelling instructor at the Academy in Memnar, Hahven’s duty is arming his students against the threats they may face. So, when one of … Continue reading The Cursed Halls of Kalecen by Stephanie Flint

At the End of the World by Gabriel Garret

Garret blends wish-fulfillment female angels with fast-paced metaphysical horror to create urban fantasy with world-shattering consequences that maintains its character-driven focus. Jack lives a boring life with a boring job, his only escape sketching winged women and monsters. When he starts half-hearing voices, he thinks it’s stress or madness. Until one of the voices becomes … Continue reading At the End of the World by Gabriel Garret

Harbinger by Matthew S. Cox

Combining gritty technological thrills with complex supernatural investigations, Cox provides another novel filled with both cyberpunk action and metaphysical complexity. This novel is the fifth in Cox’s Division Zero series. It also refers to events in The Awakened series. High risk of post-cognitive contamination beyond this point. Lieutenant Kirsten Wren feels like she’s finally in … Continue reading Harbinger by Matthew S. Cox

A Cloak of Red by Brenna Gawain

Gawain merges magical battles with paranoia to create gritty small-unit fantasy. While this novel is the first in Gawain’s The Tenth Kingdom series, it refers to events other series set in Underrealm. There might therefore be spoilers ahead. In exchange for the funds to attend the Academy for Wizards, Theren contracted to serve her patron … Continue reading A Cloak of Red by Brenna Gawain

An American Weeia in Paris by Elle Boca

Boca continues to blend police procedural with the mystical, creating urban fantasy where magic can be both powerful and not the solution to problems. This novel is the fourth in the Weeia Marshals series. Possible spoilers ahead. When an apparent superhero foils an attack on the Eiffel Tower, Marshal Danni Metraeux finds herself trying to … Continue reading An American Weeia in Paris by Elle Boca

The Queen of Discord by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to blend innovative perspectives on the possible impact of magic on society and technology with nuanced portrayals of human nature, creating urban fantasy that will appeal equally to action junkies and metaphysics addicts. This is the fourth volume of Cox’s Temporal Armistice series. Not using one’s unique ability to destroy the universe has … Continue reading The Queen of Discord by Matthew S. Cox

Tabitha’s Death by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends the intimacy of despair with the universal resonance of fairy tales, creating a bleak yet engaging young adult fantasy novel. While Elizabeth handles the topic sympathetically rather than seeking to titillate or shock, readers should be aware this book contains overt mentions of self-harm and suicide. The death of her best friend unravels … Continue reading Tabitha’s Death by Jordan Elizabeth

Wavebreaker: Trickle by A.J. Norfield

Norfield balances gritty fantasy with the complexities of cultural and species contact, creating fast-paced action with social depth. This novel is the second in the Stone Wars series. Possible spoilers ahead. Raylan, Galirras, and the other survivors of the mission into the Dark Continent have managed to escape ahead of the Stone King’s army. However, … Continue reading Wavebreaker: Trickle by A.J. Norfield

The Gate to Oblivion by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends ancient magical entities with the demands of modern urban life to create a vision of a world where magic is as ubiquitous and mundane as technology is in ours; and just as prone to misuse and malfunctions. This novel is the third in Cox’s Temporal Armistice series. Danger of psychometric backwash ahead. Brooklyn … Continue reading The Gate to Oblivion by Matthew S. Cox

Stonefish by Scott R. Jones

Jones summons forth abstruse theology in the language of dystopian thriller, creating the thinking person’s visceral cosmic dread. Years ago, tech mogul and futurist guru Gregor Makarios disappeared completely from public record. However, Den Secord, a journalist for a minor virtual reality publication, finds a fragment that somehow escaped the purge. Following a hunch that … Continue reading Stonefish by Scott R. Jones