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Review of Penric’s Fox

Review of Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this novella by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my all-time favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. That being said, she rarely disappoints.

This story of the World of the Five Gods starts with an attempt at relaxation which doesn’t last long. Penric and his associates are quickly involved in a murder mystery.

The investigation requires knowledge and skills from investigators, sorcerers, and shamans to resolve.

A lovely addition to the Penric tales.

It might be a bit difficult to enjoy as a stand-alone story without any background. I recommend you start at the first tale Penric’s Demon and catch up. It will be worth your time.

I give it 4 stars.

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Penric's Fox
Lois McMaster Bujold

Bards Tower Planet Comicon 2018

Bard’s Tower at Planet Comicon 2018

Bard’s Tower at Planet Comicon 2018

I’ll be helping at the booth. Come see me there!

Kevin J. AndersonMelinda M. SnodgrassJonathan MaberryKeith DeCandidoQuincy J Allen and Michelle Corsillo
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Review of Dandelion Iron

Review of Dandelion Iron by Aaron Michael Ritchey

 All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

 

I purchased this book at a convention from the author. The pitch that made me pick it up was “a steampunk post-apocalyptic cattle drive.”

It is that, and so much more. It is an adventure novel, a customs treatise, a family drama, and a survival story. The writing is excellent, the characters are interesting, and the story moves at a fast clip.

The social and moral shifts which occurred after the incident which created The Juniper are well thought out, and spur much of the story. The technological and other workarounds developed to work in The Juniper are intriguing, and steam-based, so it classifies as steampunk as well.

 

Bottom line: an excellent story, well worth your time.

 

5 stars

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Dandelion Iron
Aaron Michael Ritchey

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Review of The Wizard’s Bane

Review of The Wizard’s Bane by Michael J. Allen

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of this book by the author for the possibility of a review. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

NOTE: Read Book 1: Murder in Wizard’s Wood first. This is not a stand-alone novel.

 

The writing is excellent, and you want the characters to prevail. The twists and turns of the book make it tricky to review without spoilers. Suffice it to say I recommend you read it.

If this book were a game of D&D, it would go like this. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew.

I look forward to book three in the series.

 

I give it 4 stars.

The Wizard’s Bane
Michael J. Allen