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Monday, January 12, 2015

Reviews of My Favorite 2014 Books (1)

The next few days, I'll be posting my reviews of the books I recommended for 2014. I'll post two or three each day.

Fear the LightFear the Light by William Massa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Approached with trepidation in fear of discovering yet more sparkly vampires, I was quite pleased with this twist on Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians."

Whether you're a vampire fan or not, I think you can enjoy this murder mystery. Who exactly dunnit?

Recommended.


The Stairway To NowhereThe Stairway To Nowhere by Brian Rush
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this concept of the dueling magic objects with mages defending the two sides, light and dark.

Correl and Karla have a passion for each other, but everyday living together just doesn't work for them. As mages, they can perform some magic, but not until they are recruited to the Star (good) and the Crystal (evil) do they truly separate. Correl is taken in my Dolphin when he's at his lowest point and learns to be a Star adept. Karla is initiated into the Crystal. One now a good mage, and the other evil completes their separation. But not really. Both still love the other, but now they're almost enemies.

Some Star and Crystal mages rebel against their orders and decide to construct a third object of power, one they can use openly. Prior to this, the mages performed their magic secretly. Of course, this results in a mage war, but the sides aren't easily defined.

This book is a good and relatively original story of magic, mayhem, star-crossed lovers, and the graying of the line between good and evil.

A good read overall. No complaints about any technical issues, but some longish sections which I think could have been much shorter with the same information imparted.

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