Tag Archives: warfare

Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

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Cold Days—buy it by Jim Butcher—his website Recommended Ages: 14+ Book 14 of “The Dresden Files” follows up on Chicago-based wizard/detective Harry Dresden’s apparent death in Changes and post-death experiences in Ghost Story. If you haven’t read those books yet, I’ve already spoiled that much; to say anything about this book, I’ll have to spoil a lot more. It’s too late to pull out now, so here goes: Dresden lives! Can I avoid spoilers by ... Read More »

Book Review: In the Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez

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In the Company of Ogres—buy it by A. Lee Martinez—his website Recommended Ages: 14+ Never Dead Ned lives a life of quiet mediocrity, crunching numbers in the accounting department of a mercenary army called Brute’s Legion. His only talent is dying, which he has done hundreds of times and in nearly as many ways. And, of course, there is the bit where he keeps coming back to life. It’s not strictly true that he’s never ... Read More »

Review: Princeps’ Fury by Jim Butcher

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Princeps’ Fury—buy it by Jim Butcher—his website Recommended Ages: 14+ In Book 5 of the Codex Alera series, young Tavi of Calderon, recently outed as Gaius Octavian—the grandson of Alera’s ruling First Lord Gaius Sextus, and thereby Princeps of the realm—faces a crisis in which the antagonistic races that populate his world must either come together or perish separately. At the same time, the question of who will succeed Gaius Sextus reaches a crucial climax ... Read More »

Review: Hunters of the Dusk by Darren Shan

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Hunters of the Dusk—buy it by Darren Shan Recommended Ages: 12+ “Vampire War,” the third trilogy within the 12-book “Saga of Darren Shan,” begins with this book. More like the previous “Book 1″ than the first book in the overall series, it does not so much tell a free-standing story as set the gears in motion for a new chapter in the career of Darren Shan, half-vampire, magician’s assistant, and (increasingly now) warrior prince. It ... Read More »

Review: Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher

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Captain’s Fury—buy it by Jim Butcher—his website Recommended Ages: 14+ Face it, you’re going to be confused about the titles of the “Codex Alera” books. Book 3 was titled Cursor’s Fury, though after about the first quarter of it, the young furyless cursor Tavi had risen to the rank of Captain of the First Aleran Legion. To be sure, he was still an undercover agent (cursor) of the First Lord of Alera, reporting to his ... Read More »

Review: The Second Siege by Henry H. Neff

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The Second Siege—buy it by Henry H. Neff—his website Recommended Ages: 12+ Book 2 of the “Tapestry” quartet continues with Max McDaniel’s second year at the Rowan Academy, a school for magically talented teens somewhere on the east coast of the U.S. I have already noted that Rowan has as much in common with Hogwarts as almost any school for magic. In this book, however, the apparent similarities between the two schools take a backseat ... Read More »

Book Review: The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

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In Book Two of the “Seven Realms” quartet, the author of The Warrior Heir and its sequels continues to amaze with her ability to keep a large-scale piece of world-building interesting, convincing, and hopping with action. This installment takes us out of the Queendom of the Fells and shows us more of the seven realms, particularly the Academy of Oden’s Ford—a sort of multi-disciplinary university and an island of peace on the neutral ground between ... Read More »

Book Review: Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher

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In this third book of the “Codex Alera” series, you finally find out what main character Tavi’s name is short for. If you’ve been reading with your thinking cap on, it might not be so much a surprise as a thrill of the “At last, it’s out in the open!” variety. Except that it isn’t really out in the open, yet. By the end of this installment you and I, and a tiny handful of ... Read More »