Hard Magic by Larry Correia Book Review

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Imagine a world where having “magic” is commonplace but still feared. Imagine a world changed and molded by the introduction of this phenomena, where any child could be born with the powers to change gravity or be able to create fire from their fingertips.

This is the world Jake Sullivan, a private eye, grew up in and it’s ever changing. He’s a magic user called a Heavy; he can change gravity. When Sullivan goes to prison for accidentally turning a man to mush while defending a boy with magic abilities, he gets a second chance. All he has to do is help capture other criminal magic users. His last job to square with the law happens to be capturing his ex-girlfriend. Before he can take her down, a group of well-trained magic users come to her aid and whisk her away. Things start to get fishy from there, and Sullivan just can’t let a mystery go.

I liked this book. I like history and this book is set in the 1920-1940 era. But the twist is that because magic is in the world, familiar events and famous people take on new meanings. Perhaps things happened the way they did because of magic.

The characters were believeable and consistent. The setting was appropriate. It made it easier for there to be more intrigue and good old fashioned hard investigation. No Google.

It has a great plot. Each section was like a mini adventure with rising action and climax, but each one led to the big finale. There were minor questions but I believe it’s a series, so maybe I’ll find out later.

I recommend this for those who like magic, history, gumshoe, and superheroes. By the way, it’s a thick book. Be prepared for the long haul, but remember it uses minor adventures that bring pieces to solve the mystery and prepare the hero for the big battle.

Rating 5/5

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New Release: Silver Tongue by Evelyn Ink

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Silver Tongue

By Evelyn Ink

 

Available on Amazon January 10, 2014!

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Leave a comment below to enter. Winner announced February 10th, 2014.

Book Blurb:

Deep in the tunnels and passages of the Grendel mines there is a mystery waiting to be uncovered – a secret weapon left behind and forgotten to all, but a few. As the alliances of a once stable country shift and rumors of civil war take rise, another mystery surfaces: children are disappearing. All over Shalendorf in every city and every province – young men and women are simply … vanishing. When the parlormaid from the Manse at Ivorydeep disappears along with two children from Catchfrost, Belin Vaulatrix is forced to take notice. For even far from Casterwick and the turmoil of the ruling families, Belin is having some drama of her own. A single letter sealed with the crest of the royal family has brought her world crashing down. It is a request she cannot refuse and as the rumors, mystery, and tensions build, Belin plans a disappearance of her own.

Please note: Silver Tongue is a companion novel, not a continuation of Ill-fated, even though a few characters from Ill-fated will make a cameo appearance, this is a stand-alone book and it is not necessary to have read Ill-fated to enjoy this book.

Notes from the Author:

Dear Readers,

Belin Vaulatrix is from the smallest of Shalendorf’s provinces, tucked high up in the icy Trollboar Mountains. It is spring here and even as the first frost blossom pushes up through the snow, dark forces are at work all across this seemingly peaceful country.

For those of you familiar with Ill-fated, this book will take you back to that same world, but to the home country of Leila’s mother– Shalendorf. However, this is not the sequel you have been waiting for and the only character you might recall having previously met, will be the dastardly villain Captain Erastacus Oren. For in this book Belin (Leila’s cousin) is on an adventure all her own!

As the ice melts on Pearl Lake, Belin begins to discover her world is not so stable as she once believed, worse than the rumors of civil war and the mysterious disappearances of children all over Shalendorf, is a letter requesting Belin to spend the summer in the royal family’s home, not just a week or two stuck in court, but the entire summer! She is, as her mother puts it, “the only daughter of prominence who has been invited.” As the realization of what this means begins to sink in, Belin has no choice but to make her escape. The entire country will have to grow walls if they think she is going to marry that fat, dullard of a boy Edmon Casterwick!

So what to expect? Spies, lies, and sabotage no less! A secret army, a map lost and scattered, a bad-mannered ghosthawk, skyships galore … and a boy who looks ridiculously good in a uniform!

Happy New Year and Good Reading to all!

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P.S. For those of you still waiting for Leila’s adventure to continue, don’t lose hope and set your sights on the summer months!

 

 

Author Bio:

Evelyn Ink is the author of the YA fantasy novels Ill-fated, Silver Tongue, and the children’s trilogy Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones. She was formally trained to be a parachutist, but found it did not fit her longstanding desire to avoid heights and thus decided to study the much less vertically horrifying subject of English Literature.

If interested, you may choose to follow Mrs. Ink on her blog or check in with her on facebook. However, due to her absolute terror of electronics and a crippling phobia of the social media (technical term: Socmephobia), her blog posts tend to be infrequent and erratic. Also, due to several post exile investigations she is generally prevented from giving any specific information regarding her whereabouts…

Connect with the Author:

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Evelyn-Ink/e/B00937CJS2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6535601.Evelyn_Ink

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvelynInk 

Blog: http://evelynink.blogspot.com/ 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/evelynink/

Review Blog: http://spindelayjacks.blogspot.com/

Other books:

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Click below to see reviews by Cherese Vines for:

Ill-fated

Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones I

Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones II

Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones III

Disturb by J.A. Konrath Book Review

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Disturb by J.A. Konrath is a “what-if” thriller about a drug that could eliminate sleep, giving people back years of their lives that is currently wasted sleeping. As the main character Dr. Bill May, an FDA agent, begins research to determine approval for the drug N-SOM it quickly becomes evident that something is wrong. The man who created N-SOM, Dr. Nikos Stefanopolous, is viciously murdered but his daughter is adamant about continuing to get the drug approved. People working on the drug are disappearing and that includes a previous FDA agent. What’s going on here?

This was another novel that was somewhat out of my genre preference, but I was entertained. There are many twists and surprises that are just crazy. I read Origins (also by Konrath) and I saw a number of similarities in situations and some wording. It was a different premise, but it had many similar elements, such as the facility where N-SOM is manufactured and tested is underground. In Origins, the facility where the “beast” was kept was underground. This made some of the story seem a bit recycled and somewhat predictable. But overall, it delivers on gore and deranged characters.

I recommend for horror readers.

Rating 4/5