Book Review: Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Many, many times a week I receive messages from readers, asking where they should turn after reading all the Harry Potter books until their pages fell out. What answer could be more appropriate than another thrilling fantasy series featuring a teenaged boy hero?

Book Review: To Glory We Steer by Alexander Kent
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

The title of this fifth Richard Bolitho novel comes from the lyrics of the song “Heart of Oak,” one of the great musical symbols of Britain’s sea power in the era of sail, wooden-hulled vessels, and great roaring guns that had to be loaded a shot at a time. As the newly appointed commander of His Britannic Majesty’s Frigate Phalerope, Dick Bolitho will need a heart of oak. His mission: to bring his crew back from the brink of mutiny in time to face an enemy that shares his very flesh and blood.

Book Review: The Bolitho Novels by Alexander Kent
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Guided in part by the advice of a knowledgeable second-hand bookseller, and in part by the recommendations listed in the foreparts of the Ramage books, I decided to give the Bolitho novels by Alexander Kent a try. It already runs to more than two dozen books, and it seems the author is still writing them, so I reckoned they would provide ample hours of reading pleasure.

Book Review: The Whisper of Glocken by Carol Kendall
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This sequel to the delightful Newbery Honor Book, The Gammage Cup, features a new group of unlikely heroes from the Minnipins, river folk who dwell in a sheltered, isolated valley, for whom the outside world is such a distant memory that it has passed from history to legend.

Book Review: The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This “novel of the Minnipins” is an unusual, but very enjoyable story. It is partly a social satire, set in an idyllic country ruled by a sort of traditional “wisdom” that, by its rigid changelessness, has become foolish. And it is partly a fantasy-adventure yarn in which five free-thinkers come to the rescue of the society that has cast them out.