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Kushiel’s Chosen 4
Part 2 of Kushiel's Legacy
by Jacqueline Carey
List Price: $27.95. Best Price: $14.58.
Kushiel’s Chosen

In the second book of Kushiel’s Legacy, the story of Phèdre is given a worthy continuation, though in many ways it is a very different book from the first one. This was to some extent unavoidable, however, given that Kushiel’s Dart was focused around Phèdre’s coming-of-age. Here, however, we meet a more mature heroine. Following the events of the first book, Phèdre is living a relatively quiet life in the countryside, something that probably would have started to wear thin sooner or later, save perhaps for the distraction offered by her continued attempts to search for a way to free her

Heir to the Shadows 4
Part 2 of The Black Jewels Trilogy
by Anne Bishop
List Price: $24.00. Best Price: $11.55.
Heir to the Shadows

In the second book of the Black Jewels, the focus shifts from Terrielle, the twisted, corrupted realm of Light, to Kaeleer, the realm of Shadow. Here the Blood still live—for the most part—according to the protocol that was meant to govern their actions towards each other. Their Queens rule their courts without inspiring fear and without Rings of Obedience, and the males serve and protect. This is the realm in which where Jaenelle now finds herself, to learn to be a Queen and to come into her full power as Witch. But she has a long road ahead over her, as she arrives in Kaeleer gravely

Old Man’s War 3
by John Scalzi
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Old Man’s War

John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War,  which has made the 2006 Hugos shortlist for Best Novel and garnered Scalzi a place on the Campbell Award shortlist for best new writer, been hailed by readers as reviewers as following in the footsteps of Robert A. Heinlein. This is, as Scalzi admits, entirely the intention. Does he succeed? Perhaps too well.

My copy of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is very nearly the most-ragged, most-reread book in my collection (only A Game of Thrones and The Lions of Al-Rassan top it). It’s the first half—“the good half” as some call it—that mostly gets me (the second half

Shadow Twin
by George R.R. Martin (with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham)
List Price: $40.00. Best Price: $55.00.

Review forthcoming.

The Ice Dragon
by George R.R. Martin
List Price: $12.95. Best Price: $8.85.

Review forthcoming.

A Feast for Crows 5
Part 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R.R. Martin
List Price: $35.00. Best Price: $14.20.
A Feast for Crows

First, an important piece of information to remember about this book is that it does not contain a number of the major point of view characters from earlier novels: Jon Snow, Daenaerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Davos Seaworth; these characters will feature in the next novel, A Dance with Dragons. Readers opening this book with the hopes of reading about these characters directly will be disappointed, but there’s no real reason to be disappointed as this novel is a success.

Focusing as it does on events south of the Neck (particularly King’s Landing and the Riverlands) and some

The Golden Key 4
by Melanie Rawn (with Jennifer Roberson & Kate Elliott)
List Price: $8.99. Best Price: $6.99.
The Golden Key

If you are a fan of any one (or all) of the writers involved in this fascinating collaboration, this book is quite simply a must-read, even though it is very different from anything they have produced on their own. And if you’re not a fan, you should probably try it anyhow, because The Golden Key is a truly good and original book, far removed from your standard fantasy. It also features one of the cleverest covers (painted by Michael Whelan) I’ve ever seen.

The setting is a fascinating alternative Europe, the duchy of Tira Virte, where every event of importance is immortalized through a

Quartet: Four Tales from the Crossroads
by George R.R. Martin
List Price: $15.00. Best Price: $117.58.

Review forthcoming.