Petra McDonald and the Queen of the Fae by Shona Kinsella
 

Petra McDonald and the Queen of the Fae

Review

 
Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side
 

Peter Haynes

Interview – The Willow by Your Side

 
Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix – Series Review
 

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen

Abhorsen Series Review

 

Browsing all articles by Jo Niederhoff.

Spellbound by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder

Spellbound by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder
3

Somehow, I forgot that it got weirder, but I really should have expected that. To recap: I have been going on a reread of the Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié. I first read the books when I was a young teen and for various reasons (too many other books, not enough time, […]

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Legacy by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder

Legacy by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder
3.5

Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers for the first two books. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the previous novels. I recently described these books as crack. I can’t remember to whom, but I know exactly what I meant when I said it, and I know that whoever I said it to […]

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Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
3.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish book one. This book, as I might say to my friends, is a trip. (Actually, it’s nowhere near as intense as I remember the next two books being. Of course, as I remembered the first book being better than […]

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Witch by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Witch by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
4

“She must be rich, Holly thought. Then, for the first time, she realized, I’m rich now, too.” Readers, I rolled my eyes. Your parents were going to get you a horse for your eighteenth birthday. What can you call that but rich? I may not have been quite that bitter at reading those sentences, but […]

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Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales and Fantasy

Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales and Fantasy 

Once upon a time… Just about anyone familiar with the Western literary canon knows that phrase. It opens familiar fairy tales we’ve grown up with, like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, along with more obscure ones, like Katie Crackernuts. It appears in modern fiction, too, albeit slightly translated. After all, what else could “A long time […]

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
5

Do as you will, but harm no one. What you give will be returned to you threefold. Fall in love whenever you can. The last of these rules is particularly difficult for the Owens women to follow, as their ancestor, Maria Owens, laid a curse on her descendants. As she had been crossed in love, […]

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
5

I first discovered magical realism in twelfth grade, when my English teacher assigned us to read One Hundred Years of Solitude. It was a wonderful book – and still is – but I wasn’t quite sure how to define it. It was definitely historical, even if I couldn’t quite figure out exactly where in history […]

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Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck
5

With Jagannath, I return to two genres I have visited in earlier reviews: short stories and Scandinavian fiction. One of my very first reviews for this site was a collection of speculative fiction set during the Age of Discovery, dealing with subjects as varied as the invention of a new sort of clock to Darwin’s […]

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The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker

The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker
4.5

Whew. Eight books and several hundred years later (or several hundred thousand years, depending on whether you’re counting from the Spanish Inquisition or Options Research and Back Way Back… time travel is a rather messy business to write about), here we are. 2355. The Silence. All the pieces are going to come together, and after […]

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The Machine’s Child by Kage Baker

The Machine’s Child by Kage Baker
4

I have some very mixed feelings about The Machine’s Child. On the one hand, I think I will always love Kage Baker’s work. The future she paints is intricate and engaging, and the visions of the past are playful without being mocking. This next installment in the Company series propels us further still to 2355 […]

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The Children of the Company by Kage Baker

The Children of the Company by Kage Baker
5

Oh. My. God. Those are just about the only words I can think to describe my reaction to reading The Children of the Company. While I don’t know that I’d call the book a break from the main narrative (in large part because I didn’t really think I needed a break and am eager to […]

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The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker

The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker
5

We know about Mendoza. We know about Joseph. We even know a bit about Lewis, though not quite as much as the other two. (And that’s all right, fond though I grew of him over the last book.) There is, however, one man we don’t know much about at all. We don’t even know if […]

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