book review: The Secret of Sanctus

Once again Ms McCullough has taken us into a world very different from others. In this novel Bengt and Tian decide to come out, if only to a special few and in doing so we learn more about this complicated and intriguing world that is being built. We learn about the pasts of both characters before they were joined and about how Vampires are bred.

I can see this series gaining a lot of traction. The concepts are strong and very different from the run of the mill urban fantasy. I love the bits of history woven skillfully into tales of healing and trying to find a place to fit in in a world not meant for other worldly creatures.

Outstanding to me me was the introduction of other were creatures. When I read about the were-chimpanzee I cheered. I have read many tales of were creatures but this was a first for me. As a writer of fantasy myself I applaud Ms McCullough’s choices and I am looking forward to reading more of her work!


book review: The Secret Dead

Picked this up when it was on free and this book was more than worth what I paid. Written in a style different from most zombie fiction, this book hooked me from the start. A Night Hag is something I have not seen so far. Having the character work for a non-human advocacy group and for a zombie detection group was both interesting and different.

The action was well paced and just enough different from the norm by being set in London that I found something new with each page. This author researched well and wrote so that you felt you were riding along with a native of London in a world not our own. Can’t wait to read the next in the series.

book review: The Scorpion

At first I was a little confused. This is a new genre for me as I tend to watch spy thrillers, not read them. But as I was pulled into the story I came to feel for the newsman hero. Written in almost a diary like style with each day a heading, the story evolved, bringing in bits and pieces to a stuttering climax. The villain seems to be much like most of the modern villains, in it for the money but in the end you see what he really is.

Mr Anderson tells the story like a true journalist and I can easily see this story being transformed to a movie. The ending came a wee bit too fast for me but over all a great effort with a current topic. I loved it being set outside of the US or Britain. Definitely an author I plan to read more of. Read him and see that not all political/spy/war games have to happen in the big three.

book review: The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands

Yet another great novel from Ms Sands. In this one we have a hunter who has gone rogue do to a murder that he does not remember. Being a good man, he does his best to protect those he can.

Like most of Ms Sands vampire books, we have an interesting woman who doesn’t know that the man she is attracted to is more than human. Her take on vampires is interesting, having them descended from Atlantis and their vampirism being caused by nano technology instead of a demon or virus makes for a lighter tale.

I have enjoyed this series quiet a bit. With this novel the only problem i have with it is that is seems to end a few pages too soon. We have a lot of build up and a great tale but there is something missing from it. Still well worth the read but couldn’t she give us just a page or three more to fill it in better?

book review: The Pearl

This is the first novel by this author, who is not a native english speaker. I mention this because that is where the trouble is. This novel has great bones to it. Lots of interesting characters, a lyrical world and a clear good/evil battle. But the flow needs work. There are times it is choppy and other times where you really wish she had gone into more back story. A prequel or prologue would go a long way toward fixing this in the way the tale is told. I am sure the next book in this series will be stronger as the writer grows into her talent. She has a vivid imagination but needs a good strong editor to help her find her feet. Bravo and keep writing