Some Shades are honourable?

Shade of Honor Book Cover Shade of Honor
(Standard of Honor Series Book 1
Taki Drake, TS Paul
Russian, Fairytale, Mythology
Kindle

Bereft of their elders in magic, hired out to strangers to feed their families. Survival was a constant battle for the Russian Witches. Despised by other witches for their rigid focus on contracts, they were without a moral compass, honorless. That was not good enough for some. For the young witch, Zhanna, life was not worth living without honor – or her magic. Could she find both in her homeland? Would her desire and drive be enough to locate her shade of honor?

This is a story set in the Federal Witch Multiverse. And is set in Russia after the elder witches had been killed.

It didn’t capture my imagination and thus I didn’t complete it.  It might appeal to a YA as the heroine is 17 and has a familiar – a very nice cat but…

 

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The (Mis)Adventures of Queen Abby

Out of... Book Cover Out of...
The Goddess Chronicles
SE Babin
paranormal, mythology, romance
Kindle

A new day. A new boss. A new job that may not be all it's cracked up to be.

Hades has given Abby what appears to be an easy task. Wrangle his errant wife Persephone back to the Underworld. No problem, right?

When Abby finally finds her, things don't go well. Persephone isn't happy to see her, nor is she willing to even entertain the possibility of going back to the Underworld. She's found a mortal and is determined to get him down the aisle. Considering Persephone is already married to Hades, there's something not quite right upstairs with her.

As wedding bells grow closer for Persephone and her unsuspecting mortal groom, Abby begins to wonder what Hades sees in this wretch of a girl and why she's even bothering to try to bring her back home.

But as with most things involving Olympus, things are not always as they seem. Much to Abby's chagrin, it's not just Olympus getting involved this time. Join Abby and her friends for the wedding of the century, complete with bad bridesmaid dresses, paranormal drama, and cake testing. By the end of it, someone is either going to be married...or dead.

Book 1 in this series – new to me – didn’t quite convince me, but it was light and breezy and all about gods and Olympus and I wasn’t going to quibble. The interesting thing I’ve found with series is that either improve as the author gets to know her trade and her characters better, or disintegrate as the author had one brilliant idea bt didn’t know how to follow it up.

This was the former. The books got better. And ended up a 4.5….

Book 2 improved in style and tension and left you with a cliff-hanger and unresolved situation, so you needed to sort it in book 3. As I read book 3 I journeyed through jealousy, magic, prophecies and epic quarrels and unrequited love. Nothing too small happens in these books. They are always epic happenings with un expected results! No real plan but Abby bumbles through and comes out ahead – just.

I do suspect that the author has been watching the TV programme Lucifer as her description fit him to a tee – apart from the singing and piano playing. Although one should suspect the good voice from the actor as he comes from Wales – a total Black Welsh.

And then we have the mystery of the daemon and is there a Heaven and a Christian God and if so, what about all the other mythic deities and their heavens. Can of Worms.. and a serious case of Google to find out just who these creatures are.

Well done SE Babin. You totally hooked me and you have done lots of research too on myths.

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FBI uses Magic:

The Federal witch Book Cover The Federal witch
The Federal Witch bks 0-7
TS Paul
fantasy, paranormal, romance, humour, crime
Kindle

Imagine a world where Witches, Weres, and Vampires work among us. The Paranormals came out to the world during World War one. History as we know it took a left turn as world events changed. World war two never happened as we remember it. The Empire of Japan still exists. As does the British Empire. America is finding itself overwhelmed by magic. Particularly the FBI.

Agatha Blackmore is a Witch and she has all but been drafted by the FBI to help. Demons, Dragons, Weres, and Fae are her opponents. What can one small Witch and her pet Unicorn do against the world?

Read the Prequel and books 1 & 2 to find out!

  • Born a Witch ... Drafted by the FBI!
  • Conjuring Quantico
  • Magical Probi

I read all the way through the Federal witch stories, and even started on the Universe stories without a breather. They were fun! and such a blast to read.

There are 8 stories in the main series:

0. Born a Witch: Drafted by the FBI

  1. Conjuring Quantico
  2. Magical Probi
  3. Special Agent in Charge
  4. Witness Enchantment
  5. Night of the Unicorn
  6. Invisible Elder
  7. Blood on the Moon

This is paranormal fantasy with every possible species you can think of. Each book tells you a little more backstory and also about each character – do read number 5!

We have the FBI as the central organisation but then there are gateways/portals into various multiverses and pocket worlds such as Tir Nan Og – hence the Unicorns (yeah) who actually are nasty fighters witht horn and battle dragons with Arthur and his Round Table Nights – but don’t ask about Merlin…

And there is politics. Scheming that makes Machiavelli look simplistic. Playing the long gang as many species – such as Vampires – live for a very long time and manipulate from behind the ‘scene’.

So the Federal witch is Agatha and these stories are based on her adventures with her friends – of various species but especially Cat, Chuck and her micro-unicorn Fergus and the FBI cases they get involved in.

During the time period of the stories, which start when she joins and end (at present) Agatha graduates and becomes a Special Agent in Charge of her own unit. she goes from being a rather naive teenager to a seasoned agent, despite the interference of various gods and Goddesses.

Oh and please could she share the clothes cleaning spell? and is there one for keeping hair under control too? (See Abby from the Aphrodite series – she has one, and a self-cleaning one too) Would make life so much easier and cheaper too.

There are 2 books known to be in the list to come:

  • Child of Darkness
  • A Draft of Dragons

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A bar that is sentient? Oh my…

Through the Badger Hole Book Cover Through the Badger Hole
Badger Hole Bar
Taki Drake, TS Paul
science fiction, adventure
All Chaos Press
(4 Jan. 2018)
Kindle

Desolation and grief can leave you floating, unable to find a new shape to your existence.

Who knew that it was possible to be shocked out of the morass of sorrow by a well-timed push?!

Madrik was reeling from the loss of his family and unable to find his way into the new reality. Then something happened that sent him further than he ever thought to travel. A new life, in a new dimension!

This is a place where problems are solved, and life is continually changing. Come in, put your feet up, and join the crew that Madrik is collecting in this shared universe.

Be amused and challenged, touched and enthralled.

Welcome to the Badger Hole Bar!

This a review of all 3 books so far in this series:

  1. Through the Badger Hole
  2. Grand Opening
  3. Fashion forward

There is also a cookbook which I have not looked at.

This is about a pocket universe that is also sentient and grows as energy is poured into it from those who visit. The more energetic they are – rowdy, noisy, dancing, happy etc – the bigger it gets and new things appear.

The visitors come through portals from other universes and are many and varied races and cultures. The universe /bar is clever in that there is an automatic translation scheme so you speak and understand everyone regardless of their language.

There are permanent inhabitants also who come through the chaos fog that surrounds the universe which is currently configured as a bar with some of the necessary suppliers eg a brewery. Some of the supplies though come through a portal, and there is one, of course, through in the Federal Witch’s garden as this is a spin-off book from that series.

I really liked this concept and enjoyed learning how the universe operated in book 1. Book 2 went over some of the same concepts from the views of different inhabitants and thus lost some of the edge of the new. It provided the reader with the backgrounds which was useful but..

Book 3 was far too short, but I enjoyed the Clothier and how her sentient shop and house and tools worked. Good tip on the pin cushion!

 

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Let me have a feline familiar

Familiar Shadows Book Cover Familiar Shadows
Federal Witch Universe, Familiar Magic #1
Taki Drake, TS Paul
fairy tales, mythology, folk tales
Kindle

Some days are just BAD. A couple of thousand feet in the air, hanging from eagle talons and bleeding out. Just a typical bad day for a rebellious cat. Meet Dascha, a perfect example of contrariness and smarts. This young Russian Blue is not interested in following the family business, at all! But a moment of inattention leads to danger and pain, and she is left with some hard decisions to make. Will she survive mage attacks, wolves, and, worst of all, her instructors?

These stories are written from the viewpoint of the witches’ familiars, starting with the kitten, in Russia.

Here we find out something about life is like now in Russia for the magic community now that the wars have decimated the elders and the teachers.

It is rather short and for me lacked development of the idea. It is childish in style and I am not sure if was aimed at children or not. Which is a shame and means that I shan’t be reading the next 2 in the series: Familiar Trials; and Familiar Travels.

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