Category Archives: Fantasy

Thirteen Orphans

Years ago, in the Land Born of Smoke and Sacrifice, a China-like alternate reality, the winners in a war exiled the losers into our reality. The exiles—the young emperor and his twelve advisors, each personifying an animal in the Chinese … Continue reading

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The Lord of Dreams

Be careful what you wish for, as you will surely get it. Claire Delaney, normal American teenager, wishes she could be a hero. She is immediately snatched out of her bedroom by a delightfully dangerous figure, transported into the world … Continue reading

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Cunning Devil

Category: Urban fantasy Audience: Adults and late teens. Gory violence but no sex. Ozzy Turner is a man you don’t want to cross. He is a cunning man, aka white witch; a magic user specialising in breaking curses and finding … Continue reading

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Categories: Fantasy, historical fiction. Audience: Anyone who has the patience to read it. No sex or bad language, the barest hint of romance, and minimal violence. Imagine a world where a human raised by fairies rules three kingdoms: one in … Continue reading

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Engine of Lies preorder offer

Engine of Lies, the second book in my Reforging series, can be preordered now through the publisher: https://ifwgaustralia.com/2018/04/21/preorder-offer-engine-of-lies-by-barbara-howe/ The offer ends 30 June 2018. He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on … Continue reading

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The Traitor and the Thief

Category: Fantasy / steampunk Audience: Pre-teens and teens primarily, but a fun, light read for adults, too. Minimal violence and no sex or foul language. In The Traitor and the Thief, Gareth Ward’s debut novel, a fourteen-year-old boy named Sin … Continue reading

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The Five Hundred Kingdoms

Category: Fantasy Age: Varies. Minimal violence, but a few sex scenes. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for fairy tales. It shouldn’t be surprising then that Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdoms series appeals to me. In this fantasy world, … Continue reading

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Children of the Black Sun

Category: Fantasy Age: Adult. Violence, gore, sexual abuse, physical and psychological torture. Lots of it. What choices can you make when there are no acceptable choices left? That seems to be the question raised in Australian author Jo Spurrier’s Children … Continue reading

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Rivers of London

Category: Urban fantasy / Mystery Age: adult. Gore, lots of it, and adult situations. In the first chapter of Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch, probationary constable Peter Grant of the Metropolitan Police Service tries to take a witness statement … Continue reading

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Edward Eager

Category: children’s fiction / fantasy Rating: G. A very small amount of cartoon violence The captivating children’s books by American author Edward Eager are among the classics in children’s literature. I remember being spellbound by them when I was first … Continue reading

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