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Friday, February 28, 2014

Reclamation by Jackie Gamber

This is the sequel and closing volume to Redheart  and Sela, Jackie’s first and second books in the Leland Dragon Trilogy. 

Reclamation wraps up the story and ties all of the characters together.  Dragons, humans and Murkers work to heal the land while Fordon Blackclaw continues to destroy the magic. 

Old characters morph into new likeable characters.  Old hatreds morph into healing.  "Heal the land and heal the rift" and "Heal the rift and heal the land" is the theme of this final book in the trilogy.

Gamber shows that holding prejudice and hatred is a sure path to demoralization and defeat.   Difference is appearance and even species is shown not to be a hindrance to friendship and cooperation. 

Desert dragons and mountain dragons, good dragons and bad dragons, the books are infested with dragons.   That is one of the reasons I loved them.  

Gamber has created loveable and despicable characters.   She imbues them with real feelings, emotions and frustrations.   Jackie Gamber brings alive dragons and adventure with colorful, involved storytelling.   Once again, the warm characters and very believable emotions produce a book that will be remembered and cherished.

I highly recommend the book.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Win Some Leland Dragons by Jackie Gamber

Win the Leland Dragons Series in print! Great contest at A Book Vacation to kick off a week celebrating Jackie Gamber's Reclamation! 
A great YA Fantasy series and easy to 
enter too!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Reclamation: Jackie Gamber's Triumphant Conclusion to the Leland Dragon Series

Jackie Gamber's
Featured Book Release
Book Three of the 
Leland Dragon Series

About the Author: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

Book Synopsis Reclamation: The exciting conclusion of the Leland Dragon Series!

Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.

All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.

Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.

Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.

War is here.

The stakes?

Perhaps the whole world.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott

Following Spirit Gate, this book continues where the last finished.   In this volume we have flying horses, horrific behavior and a twinkle of light at the end of the tunnel.  Flying eagles instead of dragons, the Reeves are expected to keep an eye on the Hundred.   The Guardians who were judge and executioner have disappeared leaving the Reeves to handle it all.   Tumult is spreading across the Hundred and the Reeves and their eagles appear to be helpless to stop it but perhaps some Guardians haven't turned to the Dark
Side. (alas a child of Star Wars)

Joss finds his grief shaken by the appearance of one thought long dead.  He grabs himself by the boot straps and pulls himself out of his self pity and becomes a leader.

 Captain Anji and Mai figure prominently in this volume.  The Captain's unshakeable confidence and Mai's subtle but almost overweening business acumen get  his Qin started on the path of stability in the Hundreds where their skill in arms is deeply needed.

Once again greed and avarice have an impact on the fate of the characters with some new colorful magic splashing forth. 

An excellent middle volume for a captivating trilogy. 

I recommend the book. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Destroyer of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

This book follows Fleet of Worlds but there may be books in between.   Sigmund Ausfaller appears again in this book.  He was a Puppeteer paranoid in earlier books.  He is yanked out of known space by Nessus as a buffer or "wild" human to protect the now separate colonists. The PAK are reintroduced to the story line and the focus of the story is the avoidance of the PAK.

This is a very similar cast to the Fleet of Worlds with the exception of the PAK and Sigmund who have populated previous Niven books.   The Gw'oth are a newly found, rapidly evolving species who play a large part in the changes that occur in this book. 

If recollection serves me, Sigmund was an implacable foe of the Puppeteers in earlier books but he is now tempered by a wife and children.   Lots of  action, scary foes and interesting technology.

I recommend the book. 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fleet of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

This story takes place 200 years before the Ringworld series.  There is conjecture as to whether this or the Integral Trees is the first book in the Known World collection.  They all seem to fit but in somewhat confusing order.   This books leads with humans being trained as scouts by the Citizens aka Puppeteers.

Considering I read some of the books relating to this over 40 years ago, I am astounded I remember as much as I did.  The humans (Colonists) in this book are the reconstructed remnant of a colonist ramscoop sent out by Earth.   They aren't aware of their origins or even that they are humans.   This is a coming of age story for a segment of humanity that was raised from a gene bank by the Puppeteers.  

The story is good as is the plot.   Kristen and Eric are protégés of Nessus, a Citizen.   They discover how they have been lied to and rebel.  

I recommend the book but you may want to check our a Niven book list and read others prior to this.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rosetta (Jim Meade: Martian P.I) [Kindle Edition] by R.J. Johnson

A hard boiled detective story set in space.   Jim Meade is a man who lives by the rules, his rules, not societies.   Jim finds himself trying to save the world when he thought he was just trying to solve a murder.

The characterizations are good.  You like Jim and his Leroy Jethro Gibbs type of rules.  He struggles to be a hard nosed, no nonsense tough guy but can't hide his innate goodness.

Emeline was a bit of a contradiction.   She was introduced as a major butt kicker but the author seems conflicted with that role.  Several times in the book, she squeals or cowers when her character seems more likely to knee someone in the groin.  

The concept and ensuing rendition were well done.   The plot moved quickly and there was plenty of action.   I am fond of this style and look forward to reading more by Johanson. 

I recommend the book.
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