The mind can make
Substance, and people planets of its own
With beings brighter than have been, and give
A breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.


Lord Byron
(17881824), Poet. The Dream

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 Kristen Britain: I discovered Kristen Britain by seeing a book cover that caught my eye. The subdued background with a young woman obviously fleeing something dread was enough to peak my interest. I was not disappointed, until I found out that it was her only book at that time.

 

Green Rider : I picked this book up and checked it out by using the method of reading one page. I do not recall the page number, but I do remember that the scene described was possible the scene depicted on the cover. The chase left my heart racing and after about 20 pages I went and paid for the book. Be warned, this book moves fast. Even though it is a rather good size book, you may find yourself reading it all in one sitting as I did. The action draws you into the book and leaves you wanting to know what happens next. This is a good rainy Saturday read for those fortunate to have that day free. The link on the title will take you to BOOKSAMILLION.COM where you can find more information on price and availability.

Riders First Call : I have not read this book but hope to get it as a gift this holiday season. If it is half as good as the first book, it will be a winner. The link on the title will take you to BOOKSAMILLION.COM where you can find more information on price and availability.

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Jacqueline Carey: Many times we think of other books when we read novels, but I can truly say that this series never reminded me of another book or series. This series gives hope that there still can be original ideas and concepts when it comes to the Fantasy genre.

Kushiel's Dart : Note: Mature Reader. This is the first book of the land of Terre d'Ange Series. This was another of my Method finds.  It is hard to tell much about this book or series, without giving too much away. Let me just say that this book has a little of everything. If you took action, intrigue, romance, heartbreak, betrayal, suspense, love, hate, the seven virtues, and the seven vices and mixed them all together you would not have half of what this series has contained! This book receives an eleven on the 'Oh!' scale factor as Jacqueline Carey reveals the layers upon layers of the deception and intrigue. She also reveals small pieces of information that allow the reader to better understand the world she writes about. The link on the title will take you to BOOKSAMILLION.COM where you can find more information on price and availability.

Kushiel's Chosen : Note: Mature Reader. This is the second book of the and it picks up the story where the first one left off. This book strives to answer some unanswered questions, using them to build the story and drive the action. More is revealed about the world, so some questions the readers may have had will be answered as well. Where the first book introduced you to the lands and people to the north, this book reveals the lives of the people to the south. The link on the title will take you to BOOKSAMILLION.COM where you can find more information on price and availability.

Kushiel's Avatar : Note: Mature Reader. This is the third in the series. 10 years have passed since the end of the last book and the story of this land is picked up at that point in time. The link on the title will take you to BOOKSAMILLION.COM where you can find more information on price and availability.

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J.V. Jones
 
 
 
 
 

Jane Lindskold: Actors do not like to work with children and animals, so it is unlikely that this series would be made into a movie since the focus of the story is a girl and her Royal Wolf companion. Jane Lindskold has, with this series, created an interesting point of view for telling a story of politics, love, and family.

Through Wolf's Eyes: A King is dying, no heir is alive, noble families fight for favor in hopes the King will name them his heir, and one noble decides he needs an ace up his sleeve. This is the premise for the first book in this series. The ace the noble hopes to acquire is a member of the Royal Family that left leading a small group of settlers over the mountains and was denounced. He finds a member of the group that left, but he is not sure who she is. This outsider living under the care of a minor noble has the senses of an animal, along with the attitude that allows her to delve into secrets many would rather not come out.

Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart:  The Sequel to the first book takes the pack of humans along with a few new members into neighboring territory to find the traitor. Meanwhile the new Prince and his wife must contend with uniting two families and two nations.

The Dragon of Despair:  The story continues with all the characters back, both good and evil! In addition some minor characters from previous books get more light.

Wolf Captured: Crossing the seas to the land of the humans ancestors brings the two main characters into a world that both are not prepared for, but most likely can better handle than even the inhabitants of the land.

Wolf Hunting: This upcoming release continues the story of Firekeeper and Blind Seer along with their old and new friends.

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Elizabeth Moon: I have only read two books by this author, but the rest of her books have been added to my reading list based on the quality and enjoyment of the series I have read.

The Deed of Paksenarrion: This book is the complete Trilogy know by the same name. The individual books of the the Trilogy are Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold. Paksenarrion, or Paks as she prefers to be called, is a heroin that is both believable and likeable from the first chapter when she runs away from home to avoid an unwanted betrothal to the last when she stops running. Some books end with the reader wanting more because so much was left unanswered; but this book ends with the reader wanting more because the character has worked her way into their heart. The author's treatment of fantasy religion and magic are both refreshing and believable. The magic does not dominate the world, and the religions have limited impact on the daily lives, which makes both of these Fantasy Literature mainstays special instead of ordinary. The link on the title will take you to BOOKSAMILLION.COM where you can find more information on price and availability.

The Legacy of Gird: This is the prequel, or back story, of the fantasy world presented in the Deed of Paksenarrion. This book follows the rise of Gird, a commoner, who becomes the Patron Saint of Fighters and the focus of one of the main religious organizations. The Legacy of Gird stands by itself as work of Fiction, but is best read after reading The Deed of Paksenarrion, since there are several references in the first book are explained in detail in this book as well as a short connecting passage that is something of a spoiler for the events in The Deed of Paksenarrion. The link on the title will take you to BOOKSAMILLION.COM where you can find more information on price and availability.

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