The Contract of Maddox Black
The Chronicles of Maddox Black
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 3 Jan 2017
Determined. Daring. And soon to be Dead.
Hanging for witchcraft is the least of Maddox Black's problems. Becoming sworn to a demon Hunter is another…
Thought dead for seven years, Maddox returns home to Greyport, intent on claiming her deceased father’s infamous travel journals.
Before she can lay her hands on her inheritance, she discovers her drunkard cousin has already promised the journals to the Grim. To make things worse, the bankrupt Earl of Greyport is blackmailing her to race for them across the Damned Seas and a Hunter is knocking on her door, claiming she’s to join his Demon-exorcising Order.
Running out of options, Maddox does the unthinkable and strikes a deal with the unnatural Hunter, leading her down a whirlwind of walking corpses, using dismembered fingers as currency, burning down plague-ridden villages and bribed to find a mad prince’s kidnapped sister.
To survive, she will have to become the very thing people feared her to be...
initially had a problem with this book – I was about to give up about 10% of
the way through – much sooner than normal, but then suddenly the story improved
and much that had been obscure began to make senses. All after she met The
father was rather more than he seemed and thus his journals were rather more
than just journals of his travels. Thus they became very important and more
than The Grim were after them. Although it was stated that only Maddy and her
father could read them as they were in a special code. And her mother was more
than just a woman from the Half Woods too. And over the course of this story,
Maddy begins to learn that she is more too. Powers have been inherited from her
father as well as her mother.
Is it a
good story? Well it is a gruesome story and not one to read at bedtime unless you
want nightmares. The author has let their imagination run riot in the ‘how
awful can this creature be?’ vein of story-telling. Will I read more of this
story? Probably not as it is just a bit too gruesome for me, but I would like
to know that the children are rescued unharmed, more than that doesn’t bother
me. 4 stars in the end.
The Dark Lands
(Angelbound Origins #6)
"This YA paranormal fantasy series is cute, compulsively readable and above all fun." - The Nocturnal Library Blog Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life--she's now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn't suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens. Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace. Now it's up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker's disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that a new criminal called the Viper took Walker in order to release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and bloodthirsty killer. Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have only twenty four hours to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Lucifer's mysterious past with Myla's father threatens the very future of the after-realms. "I loved jumping back into the world of Angelbound." - Mean Who You Are Blog Angelbound Origins In which Myla Lewis kicks ass and takes names. Nuff said. 1. Angelbound 2. Scala 3. Acca 4. Thrax 5. The Dark Lands 6. The Brutal Time (Fall 2019) 7. Armageddon (already here, long story!) 8. Quasi Redux (Fall 2020) Angelbound Offspring The next generation takes on Heaven, Hell, and everything in between 1. Maxon 2. Portia 3. Zinnia (Summer 2019) 4. Kaps (Summer 2020) 5. Huntress (Summer 2021) Angelbound Lincoln Angelbound Origins as told by Prince Lincoln 1. Duty Bound 2. Lincoln 3. Tricksters Also From Christina Bauer - Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, a series of modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance - Beholder, where a medieval farm girl discovers necromancy and true love - Dimension Drift, a dystopian adventure with science, snark, and hot aliens Don't Miss Out Get your FREE copy of Christina's novella, BEVERLY HILLS VAMPIRE, when you sign up for her personal newsletter: https: //tinyurl.com/bauersbooks ***Not available in stores***
I know. This is supposed to be a series for the YA audience, but guess what? Lots of us older people like these fantasies too. And this is one of the more imaginative series with some interesting concepts about Heaven and Hell – or not Heaven and not Hell, and how you get there and all the worlds that lie beneath us and the people – or not quite people – who live there.
One of the things I most like about Myla is her tail.
Now we all now know that we have brain cells in our stomachs – and that ‘gut’ feeling really is our brain – or part of it, as it processes what we have seen and heard. Now Myla has her tail. Which has a brain of its own. It behaves autonomously. It waves at people. It gets angry. It is cheeky. It is fun.
I am enjoying this series immensely and find the writing amusing and light and the stories interesting.
Keep going Christine! Looking forward to reading Rhodes – the latest book in the Offspring series – #4. Review to come in December.
Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.
Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace..
Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that the ghoul Oligarchy took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and an all around nut job who really needs to stay locked up..
Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just two days to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.
Perfect for readers who love angels, devils, and demons but want a fresh take on their related fairy tales, myths, and legends. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and urban/contemporary fantasy.
Well who would want to live on anywhere but Earth after reading the descriptions of Purgatory, Antrum and the Dark Lands in these novels? Light in short supply, lots of grey clouds and rain, and no flowers to speak of? And worm farms? Actually, the latter is not so bad as we have a worm farm in our charity garden – but it is very small and the worms live in a hut like a hive with lots of trays, making compost and fertiliser from our kitchen waste.
So some imaginative worlds here with the 4 realms – and even earth is not so good, as you know that migraine you’ve had for years? Seems it might just be a demon living on your neck.
I went back to the beginning here and read the current 5 novels in order, as starting from novel 5 it is often difficult to pick up the story – and loved them.
I’m always a sucker for stories with some angels, demons, and kick-ass heroines, and this Myla beats all of them hands-down as she has a semi-independent tail with an arrow on its end that can think for itself and helps her fight! I want one… It waves and high fives and all sorts of stuff, all on its own without Myla controlling it. So cool…
I enjoyed the writing style and found the books easy to read. With a fun style and sense of humour, and mostly grammatically correct – a few small errors that an editor should have picked up. Well suited to the age range, but still good for older adults – if you like this type of writing – which I do as a fan of Eve Langlais and Robyn Peterman who also write about Hell, Demons, Angels and feisty heroines.
I’m now waiting for books 6 and 7 to come out – and intend to read the spin-off series about the children. Maxon sounds like a fun baby to have and he should join in nursery classes with Astrid’s son (Fashionably Dead Down Under series by Robyn Peterman) as they would be a match for each other in precociousness and trouble.
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes..
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. .
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..
Murderous goblins, thieving ghouls, and mages with criminal intent on their minds... Nothing's too tough for these paranormal investigators, and no collection has more of them. In Eight in the Chamber, your favorite authors have banded together to offer you an easy compendium of mischief, action, and adventure. So if you love magic wrapped in a gritty cityscape, then get your copy today!
Urban Fantasy box set – 8 in the Chamber
by Chris Underwood
A short story with trolls, vampires, Cunning Men, and a missing vampire’s blood donor which turns out all to be about internal politics. Enjoyed the twist and turns in this story, and, considering its length it managed to read as a complete story.
Croft and Wesson
by Brad Magnarella
Wizards, werewolves, dwarves, and leylines. Missing women and old – very old – Norse gods with nasty eating habits and some dynamite. Again a well written story with dwarves being remarkably apt with dynamite – I wonder why? The Norse gods aspect was grisly but understanable.
by Matt Abraham
Superheroes and Villains – white and black capes! Lots of fighting. Seemed to be aimed at the YA male? Copy of Micky Spillane style? Comic style adventures that didn’t do it for me.
2 stars for me.
Dystopian. Magic. Non-humans and again seemed to be aimed at the YA audience. And again not my scene. I am not really a dystopian future fan. I prefer to think happy futures not nasty ones…