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Shadow Baron

SHADOW BARON by Davinia Evans. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Two months have passed since Siyon – now Sorcerer Velo – saved the prefect’s son and lost Izmirlian Hisrani. He dreams of one day seeing Izmirlian again, but his dreams become stranger, and now one of the… Read More »Shadow Baron

My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper by Tim Powers Head of Zeus, pb, £9.19 Reviewed by John Dodd A tale of the Brontes, but unlike any tale you’ve ever heard of them before, Brothers Keeper is the story of all the Brontes, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and lesser known Branwell.  All stories hide within… Read More »My Brother’s Keeper

The grand illusion

THE GRAND ILLUSION by Syd Moore Magpie Books p/b £16.99 Reviewed by Nigel Robert Wilson This a delightfully constructed tale that puts flesh on a legend left over from the Second World War. A story was put about in occult circles that the planned Nazi invasion of Britain in the… Read More »The grand illusion

Darker by Four

Darker By Four by June CL Tan Hodderscape, HB, £20 Reviewed by Nadya Mercik Are you ready for mysteries and adventures, magic based on Chinese Yang-Yin philosophy and vampire-like Revenants that drink human Qi? Darker by Four by June CL Tun brings to you the Academy of Magic with all… Read More »Darker by Four

The Heart of Winter

The Heart of Winter by Shona Kinsella Flame Tree Press, PB, £12.95 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming When the weather fails and affects her village’s crops, Bridget is promised in marriage to Aengus, Lord of Summer, to change the village’s fortunes. But Bridget doesn’t consent to this, so she flees to… Read More »The Heart of Winter

The Last Phi Hunter

The Last Phi Hunter by Salinee Goldenberg Angry Robot, pb, £9.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Ex, a phi hunter and solitary wanderer, needs to kill a legendary demon. This act will bring him prestige and respect, something that has been absent for most of his life. But his hunt is… Read More »The Last Phi Hunter

The last day

THE LAST DAY AND THE FIRST by Tim Lebbon PS Publishing, HC, £15.00 Reviewed by Pauline Morgan The end of the world as we know it has been hypothesised in many ways, drowning, burning, consumed by war or alien invasion, hammered by asteroids, disease or a poisoned atmosphere. Civilisation dies… Read More »The last day

A Midwinter’s Tale

A Midwinter’s Tail by Lili Hayward Sphere, hardback, £14.99 Reviewed by Rima Devereaux Peppered with tales from Cornish folklore, this evocative novel is set on the tiny island of Morgelyn, a fictional part of the Isles of Scilly. The narrative follows Mina Kestle as she unravels the mystery of a… Read More »A Midwinter’s Tale

The Lake Boy

The Lake Boy by Adam Robert Newcon Press, ebook, £2.99, Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Cynthia lives with her brother, George, the local minister of a small parish in Cumbria. The hope is the remoteness of this new parish will cure Cynthia of her sinfulness. As she strives to contain her… Read More »The Lake Boy

Sanctuary of the Shadow

SANCTUARY OF THE SHADOW  By Aurora Ascher Bantam Books, HB, £17.47 Reviewed by Christine Downie Sanctuary of the Shadow is a dark fantasy romance by Canadian author Aurora Ascher. The main character is Harrow, a circus fortune teller who just happens to be the last living true Seer. Salizar, the… Read More »Sanctuary of the Shadow