I’ve become more and more interested lately in good shifter stories, especially with a kick-ass heroine at the helm. So when I received “Frayed – A Madison Lark Novella” from new author (and fellow reviewer over at BookCountry), Blakely Chorpenning I was happy to find that kind of heroine in Madison “Fray” Lark, a leopard shifter. This novella starts off something that could turn into a long-running and interesting shifter series.
Epic fantasy, as a genre, usually runs either hot or cold for me. I would devour everything fantasy that came my way for decades until I hit, in my opinion, the bottom of the barrel, and ended up with a run of spectacularly bad epic fantasy.
So, in turn, I avoided picking up fantasy for many, many years, until I ended up reviewing Patricia Briggs’ reissue if her first book, Masques, here on FanaticSpace. That book reminded me how much I loved the genre, and it was time to give fantasy, in particular epic fantasy, another chance.
My very first review here on FanaticSpace was for Kelley Armstrong’s Waking The Witch, the 11th book in her Otherworld series. It seemed like a natural fit for me to pick up the series’ newest release, Spell Bound (Book 12 in the Otherworld series), which picks up right where the last book ended, finally providing the needed answers to the questions that the previous book left me with.
And when I say that it picks up right where the last book ended, I mean it literally. I was afraid I’d need to go back and re-read Waking the Witch before heading back into the Otherworld series, but I didn’t need to fear. Within the first chapter, the reader not only gets that resolution that I was left hanging, waiting for, with the prior book, but you are also thrown directly into a natural progression of the series’ arc that Kelley Armstrong began with it.
“Russ Reynolds, that’s me. You probably remember my name from when I ran the country for three days.”
Wikiworld is a quirky short story that doesn’t play around with throwing you directly into the world that Paul Di Filippo has created.
I’ve been on the internet for a long, long time (as long as you refer to the 1990’s as old, I guess)… and as a writer, especially a genre author, one of the first real “homes” I found on the web was the Forward Motion boards, and there I was not only introduced to the Great and Powerful Holly Lisle, but also the fantastic Lazette Gifford (Twitter – @LazetteG). Not only does she run the boards, Vision for Writers and is active on her blog and twitter, but she is a prolific and really fabulous author. I’ve become dependent on her to be a driving force to help my wordcount during Nanowrimo, as she usually works on multiple projects during that crazy month, while I usually squeak out just enough to win some years.