If you do not like reading books in which terrible things happen to intelligent children, you should not order this book. But you might just like it if you enjoy black humor, clever wordplay and resourceful characters.
Philippa Gregory has drawn convincing portraits of Henry VIII's fourth and fifth wives: Anne of Cleves, sensible, warm-hearted and wise; and Katherine Howard, foolish, impulsive and self-centered. Her grasp of Jane Boleyn's character is not as strong, and the novel drags in the middle, but overall it was a good read and better than "The Other Boleyn Girl."
This astonishing novel of the Crusades brings to life the stink, sweat and squalor of the Middle Ages. It is the coming-of-age tale of young Edmund as he embarks on a dangerous voyage to the Holy Land and encounters the horrors of war. With brutal, intense language, Cadnum shows what it must really have been like to have fought in the siege of Acre, alongside Richard the Lionheart in the Third Crusade.
Another good read in Perry's "Thomas and Charlotte Pitt" mystery/thriller series. Perry really knows the Victorian era. Her characters speak and act as people from that time would have, not like modern people in fancy dress. While reading this book, I got so interested in the Callander Square families and the skeletons they had in their closets, I forgot to wonder who the murderer was.
The first book in the "Charlotte and Thomas Pitt" series is a real winner. It's a penetrating social critique disguised as a murder mystery. The book explores how families are torn apart by doubt and suspicion after a series of murders occurs in their fashionable neighborhood.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Andrea Hopkins weaves together many of the medieval retellings of Arthurian legends to create a narrative of the best-known tales about Arthur and his knights. A good introduction to "The Matter of Britain."
This historical novel tells the story of Perkin Warbeck, who in the reign of Henry VII claimed to be one of the "Princes in the Tower," the lost sons of Edward IV who vanished when their uncle, Richard III, took the throne.
The plot was sometimes cliche, dragged on too long and at times defied logic, but I enjoyed reading this book anyway. This breezy novel pits Ariane Cheney, the wise woman of Faire Isle, against the dark machinations of Catherine de Medici, the dowager Queen of France. Ariane must unravel a murder plot, defy witch hunters and keep her headstrong sisters out of trouble, all while trying to deny her attraction to the powerful, enigmatic Comte de Renard. I liked the characters enough that I will probably read the rest of the trilogy, which continues with "The Courtesan" and "The Silver Rose."
Ranira, an innkeeper's servant in the repressive city of Drinn, has feared magic ever since her parents were burned as witches. But she must use her innate spellcasting talents to assist a healer and two mercenaries in their struggle against the dark priests of Chaldon.
This novel was a quick, somewhat enjoyable read marred by slow plotting, an abrupt ending and inconsistent rules of magic. What the characters could achieve through spellcasting changed according to their needs; they never faced perils magic could not eventually get them out of.
Slave Labor reprints for the first time the original classic episodes of Metamorphosis Odyssey comic book series from Epic Illustrated. These gorgeous, painted pages, reproduced in black & white, originally appeared in Epic from 1979 to 1982, and introduced audiences to Vance Dreadstar and the other characters whose saga continued in the Dreadstar graphic novel and Epic series in the early eighties. This trade paperback edition will contain additional sketches and other tidbits for fans, plus a new introduction by Jim Starlin.
"The Dream Stalker" has everything you could want in a mystery novel -- a suspensful and compelling story, well-drawn characters and setting, an intriguing glimpse into the Arapaho culture and frustrated love.
The villain was one of the most chilling killers I've ever encountered in mystery fiction, a person made all the scarier because of their absolute conviction that what they are doing is justified.