Review: "Queen Ferris" by S. C. Butler

The second book in S. C. Butler's Stoneways Trilogy continues where Reiffen's Choice ends. The story spans more than seven years beginning with Reiffen's return to the Three magical instruction. This book focuses equally on the growth of Reiffen, Ferris and Avender to good effect.   [Read more...]

Review: "Hydrogen Steel" by K. A. Bedford

Hydrogen Steel could have been (cue the cheesy SciFi Echo) "Detectives In Space" but, thankfully, it's not. The story meanders between a mystery and an espionage tale, nimbly dances on the edge of hard Science Fiction and throws in a heavy philosophical element for good measure.   [Read more...]

Review: "No Dominion" by Charlie Huston

The book is marvelously written and very heavy on dialogue and vivid, yet dark, descriptions. Twists and turns abound, unfolding the story at a steady pace. It is also written as a first-person, present tense story, a style that I usually find jarring and unbelievable.   [Read more...]

Review: "Reiffen's Choice" by S. C. Butler

I really enjoyed the writing style. While the book is targeted for the young adult, descriptions and dialogue do not blatantly point it out. Readers who enjoy writers like Raymond E. Feist and J. K. Rowling will not be disappointed by Reiffen's Choice.   [Read more...]

Review: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction: A Novel of the Old Republic

I'm a sucker for Star Wars books. After reading Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command) captured the frenetic, everything-is-happening-at-the-same-time pacing of the original Star Wars trilogy and provided an engaging story to boot, I bought any post Return of the Jedi book I could get my hands on.   [Read more...]

Review: The Battle for Azeroth: Adventure, Alliance and Addiction

Touted as a book of "Insights into the World of Warcraft", The Battle for Azeroth: Adventure, Alliance and Addiction is more of a class guide and compendium of essays about the different aspects of Blizzard Entertainment's smash hit game. Players and non-playing family and friends will likely find something of interest in this book.   [Read more...]