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THE KING’S TRIAL by M. L. Farb

  Five Stars   Yosyph is a developmentally disabled, mixed-race man who is mute--in public--in this high fantasy abounding in metaphors about following God's guidance instead of one's own understanding. In private, Yosyph works with his...

CIRCUS PHANTASM by Naomi P. Cohen

Five Stars    "Welcome, welcome, welcome. Welcome to the Circus Phantasm.   College freshman Emma has a problem. She can hear people's thoughts and what she hears she wishes she couldn't. She especially doesn't like to hear...

THE KING’S SWORD by C. J. Brightley

Five Stars  An ex-soldier, Kemen Sendoa, is not so much retired as left for dead after his squad was ambushed by a barbaric people north of the kingdom of Erdemen. He is wandering through...

The Chase (Bradley Caffee)

4 Stars  Perform, or wake up in a new body.   Earth's one world government has had a hard time making all of its people agree on laws. Only one law a year can be changed, and...

The Crescent Stone (Matt Mikalatos)

Five Stars   This was one of the most interesting YA fantasies I've ever read! Matt Mikalatos has combined the tropes of high fantasy with present-day life of teenagers in real trouble. Madeline is dying of...

The Deepest Cut (Driven to the Hilt, Book 1) (D.G. Lamb)

4 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐ He is utterly alone. His father is dead, branded a traitor. His mother too is taken, slain by a creature no one has seen in years....

SPARK (J. M. Hackman)

Four Stars  This is how the first paragraph of the blurb for the book reads: Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have...

LAUNCH (Jason C. Joyner)

Five Stars Launch: Rise of the Anointed, a superhero novel by Jason Joyner, is filled with appealing sixteen-year-olds. Two of them, Demarcus Bartlett and Lily Beausoliel, are at crisis points in their lives even...

Forged in Steel: An Underworld Mythos Novel (The Crucible, Book One) (H.A. Titus)

3.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 Forged In Steel opens with a taut, stylistic first-person narrative that moves at a pleasingly fast pace. From there, things transition immediately to a gritty, action-oriented story, with an urban fantasy plot based...

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