Ascendancy of Blood, by Eugie Foster (Scrybe Press, 2004)

As a howling mob closes in upon a cursed castle, its vampiric queen unleashes an unholy power to protect her people and herself from utter destruction. In seconds, the castle is overtaken by living vines and giant black roses, as … Continue reading

If I Were An Evil Overlord, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis (DAW 2007)

As the title suggests, this anthology is quite clear inspired by the infamous Internet list of the same name (a rather nice version can be found at www.eviloverlord.com) but the stories do branch out on their own, at times. Fourteen … 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

Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy, edited by Denise Little (DAW, 2006)

Mythology and fantasy are full of “bad girls,” as suggested by the title of this collection. Everyone has their favorite or most feared, from the Greek Harpies to the apocryphal Lilith, from Cinderella’s wicked stepmother to the Gaelic Black Annis. … Continue reading

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide To The Fantastical World Around You, by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (Simon and Schuster, 2005)

This is the long-awaited capstone to the bestselling, highly popular Spiderwick Chronicles, and is actually a replica of the book which carries much of the story’s plot. In the books, the three Grace children find their uncle’s Field Guide to … Continue reading

Eldest, by Christopher Paolini (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)

No sooner has one battle ended for young hunter-turned-reluctant hero Eragon and his dragon Saphira, than another begins. For the world has become an ever more dangerous place, filled with uncertainty and potential betrayal around every corner. The Empire now … Continue reading

Beka Cooper: Terrier, by Tamora Pierce (Random House, 2006)

Nearly two centuries before Alanna the Lioness broke all the rules to become a lady knight and a legend, the land of Tortall looked to different heroes to keep them safe. Heroes such as Beka Cooper, of the Provost’s Guard. … Continue reading

Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar, edited by Mercedes Lackey (DAW, 2005)

For the most part, Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar universe has been a single-author playground, semi-sanctioned fanfic notwithstanding. However, every now and again, Lackey officially allows others to play in her sandbox. This is the third such collection, and once again she … Continue reading

All Hell Breaking Loose, edited by Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 2005)

In this collection, sixteen authors tackle all things Hell-related and demonic, with stories that purport to tell it like it really is Down Below. From the humorous to the horrific, they’ll give you a little taste of Hell to savor … Continue reading