The Grand Tour, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (Harcourt, 2004)

Some people get Caribbean cruises for their honeymoons. Others get Grand Tours of Europe. Such is the case for cousins Cecy and Kate, who, after marrying, respectively, James Tarleton and Lord Thomas Schofield at the end of Sorcery and Cecilia, … Continue reading

Sorcery and Cecilia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Steverner (Harcourt, 2003)

In the spring of 1817, two young ladies of Quality exchange a series of letters between Essex and London, recounting their separate and intertwined adventures. Kate, who’s been taken to London with her sister Georgina and Aunt Charlotte, so that … Continue reading

Shadowmancer, by G.P. Taylor (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004)

In all fairness, perhaps the worst thing the publicists could have done for this book, the debut novel by English vicar G.P. Taylor, was to market it as “hotter than Potter.” Shadowmancer may be many things, but it is not … Continue reading

Rebel Angels, by Libba Bray (Delacorte Press, 2005)

In the sequel to A Great And Terrible Beauty, life for Gemma Doyle and her friends goes on. Circe’s monster has been destroyed, the magic of the Realms has been released from the crystals which bound it, and Pippa lies … Continue reading

Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Hyperion, 2004)

As two ships leave port, the prologue to one of the most famous children’s stories of all time begins, innocuously. Aboard one ship: the greatest treasure known to man. Aboard the other, a group of orphans being sent overseas to … Continue reading

Mister Boots, by Carol Emshwiller (Viking, 2005)

In the middle of the Depression, out in the California desert, there are plenty of secrets to go around. While exploring the desert around her, ten-year-old Bobby Lassiter stumbles across a wounded man, who goes by the name Mister Boots. … Continue reading

Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe, by James M. Ward (Tor, 2005)

At sixteen, Halcyon Blithe came into his powers relatively late, especially for a family renowned for turning out powerful wizards. However, as the seventh son of a seventh son, he definitely has a lot more magical potential than wizards twice … Continue reading

Magic Under Glass, by Jaclyn Dolamore, (Bloomsbury, 2010)

Nimira left her homeland to seek her fortunes, but instead found work only as a trouser girl, singing the songs of her youth while men ogled her exotic charms. When an opportunity to better herself by singing accompaniment for a … Continue reading

Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, (Simon Pulse, 2009)

It’s 1914, and the world is about to erupt into war. On one side, the British Darwinists, who use genetically-engineered creatures for everything from manufacturing to warfare. On the other side, the Austro-Hungarians and Germans, who prefer to use Clankers, … Continue reading

A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray (Delacorte Press, 2003)

I’ve been hyping this book to everyone I can, and the best way I’ve found to describe it “The Secret Garden meets The Craft,” or “Little Princess meets Little Witches.” Don’t think I’m trying to pigeonhole this beautifully fascinating book; … Continue reading