Triskell Tales 2, by Charles de Lint (Subterranean Press, 2005)

Charles de Lint has an absolutely wonderful tradition going on. Every year, he self-publishes, under the aegis of Triskell Press, a small chapbook, whose circulation is limited to friends and family, and he sends these out for Christmas. So every … Continue reading

Quicksilver and Shadow, by Charles de Lint (Subterranean Press, 2005)

Very few authors can compare to Charles de Lint when it comes to urban fantasy, a sub-genre he all but helped define over the past thirty years. His magical tales of the mythical North American city of Newford have placed … Continue reading

Staying Dead, by Laura Anne Gilman (Luna, 2004)

In a world like our own, where magic works and supernatural beings (collectively called Fatae) walk the streets in secret, those who work magic lead a shadowy existence. Those with the Talent for manipulating magic, or current, either belong to … Continue reading

Bring It On, by Laura Anne Gilman (Luna, 2006)

For lonejack mage/professional thief (aka Retriever) Wren Valere, and her partner Sergei, there’s no such thing as a normal day. Even when Wren’s not hot on the trail of missing artifacts, precious jewels, rare paintings, or unusual treasures, she’s dealing … Continue reading

Elsewhere and NeverNever, by Will Shetterly (Harcourt Magic Carpet, 2004)

Somewhere beyond the World, past the ever-changing expanse of the Nevernever, there’s a city that used to be part of the real world, now just known as Bordertown. It’s a place where humans and the Fae live and interact between … Continue reading

Howling Moon, by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp (Tor, 2007)

Once a top agent of Wolven, the organization dedicated to internally policing the hidden society of shapeshifters known as the Sazi, Raphael Rameriz has lived in quiet obscurity ever since a deadly political scandal forced him into retirement. He thought … Continue reading

Dates From Hell, by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong and Lori Handeland (Avon, 2006)

It seems like everyone’s got a war story inspired by their days serving in the front lines of the hell called dating. Now, four authors well-known for their explorations of the crossroads of supernatural and romance turn their attentions to … Continue reading

Under Cover of Darkness, edited by Julie E. Czernada and Jana Paniccia (DAW, 2007)

Who doesn’t love secret societies, conspiracies, and mysterious organizations? Their goals unclear, their methods inscrutable, and their influence uncertain, they’re the perfect explanations and scapegoats for everything that has ever seemed off-kilter throughout the course of human civilization. From the … Continue reading

Children of Magic, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes (DAW, 2006)

What happens when the magic rests in the hands of children, and the power of life and death is held by those too young or inexperienced to know the right path? That’s what these eighteen authors try to puzzle out. … Continue reading