Ted Nolan <tednolan>
2016-05-29 05:34:06 UTC
I am going to try to restrain myself to a few sentences this
time since these are not reviews.
I think there were a few more books that I'm missing..
_Star Nomad_ by Lindsay Buroker
Buroker does "Star Wars", and pretty well.
_In Shining Armor_ (Pax Arcana 4) by Elliot James
John Charming's goddaughter is kidnaped
to disrupt the tenuous Templar/Werewolf alliance.
Good interplay on Charming's deepening relationship
with his Valkyrie girlfriend, but the plot machinations
seem overcomplex (despite lampshading of same).
_Bare Bones_ (The Templar 3) by Debra Dunbar
Another Templar story. Here, Baltimore's only
Templar has to solve a mystery involving skinned
corpses while dealing with her evolving feelings
towards her vampire "friend" and trying to communicate
with the spirit of her dead bestie. Aria is a bit
irritatingly slow here in realizing she is dealing
with beings that can wear a slain human's skin.
_The Fowl Proposal_ by Lindsay Buroker
A series of free scenes originally posted to Buroker's
website dealing with the events leading up to the
marriage of Zirkander and Sardelle. Nice little
character touches involving Zirkander and various
series supporting cast, but no major events.
_Liberty_ (Flash Gold 5) by Lindsay Buroker
This belated series closer ties up most of the
loose ends in this Steampunk adventure, but lacks
a certain zip as if Buroker felt duty bound to end
things, but was impatient to move on to her next
_Burned_ (Alex Verus 7) by Benedict Jaka
Somewhat reminiscent of Harry Dresden and his
"Doom of Damocles", Divination mage Alex Verus finds
himself arbitrarily scheduled for execution, along
with his closest associates unless he can sway enough
council members to his side to tip the vote. This
book brings home starkly that Verus's refusal to
join a team or be a team is not sustainable and
major events ensure his life will never be the same
again. Never the most comfortable "people person"
he also seems rather oblivious to the fact
that he is falling in love.
_Rider of the Crown_ by Melissa McShane
Imogen is a princess of the horse nomads whose range abuts
an enemy state of the kingdom of Tremontane. Given in
spiritual marriage to an uncouth and treacherous headman of
said state (whose name I cannot bring to mind), she eventually
sees no choice but to flee and act as her mother's ambassador
in forming an alliance with Tremontane, all the while
gradually falling in love with its king. This entry in the
Tremontane family saga impressed me less than the first one
I read, _Servant of the Crown_ which was a sprightly
Regency-ish romance. Interestingly, in this entry, something
so far unspecified (but probably fatal) has happened to the
prince/love interest from the first book.
_Angel Stakes_ (Bite Back 5) by Mark Henwick
Along with the gradually accelerating (and so far
unsanctioned) Emergence, Amber is dealing with the
after affects of her instability (being new to vampirism
and lycantrhopy and having to run critical missions with
no mentor support will do that..), the ongoing political
fallout of events in the Athenate (vampire) world and
continuing to grow her own "House". If that weren't
enough, a piece of her past which she had long suppressed
has surfaced and must be dealt with now, or more young
women will go through the ordeal she faced.
I don't know. I confess that this book, while not bad,
felt to me like Henwick losing himself to a cause he
felt passionately about. I get that "human trafficking == bad",
but the villains we got were so over the top (huge slave auctions
on US soil with lots of high rollers in attendance) that it
was hard suspend disbelief.
_Knocking On Demon's Door_ by Cathryn Fox
A half demon and plucky policewoman must
take out a snuff porno ring being run out
of an upscale ski resort. I would say this was
more erotica than a real urban fantasy. Or maybe
you could say hot romance, since all the sex was
between the two principals..
What's not in Columbia anymore..
What's not in Columbia anymore..