(Of Cats And Dragons) #6
by Carol E. Leever (Author), Camilla Ochlan (Author)
Fantasy, Animals, Magic, Adventures
23 Aug. 2020
Guided by troubling visions and chased by death-dealing horrors, Omen Daenoth and the feisty talking cats find themselves center stage in the city of Ven'taria, a place of uncanny magic and jaw-dropping revelry. But when Omen and his companions -- an eminent Sundragon scholar, the notorious prince of Terizkand, a child prophet, and a paranoid Machelli spy -- unravel the dark source of the Ven'tarian Socerium's incredible powers, a desperate countdown begins.Can our young heroes and their chatty felines break the dreaded Ven'tarian Silence or will they bring on the forbidding reign of endless night?OF CATS AND DRAGONS, where the epic meets the adorable.
The next in the series about the cats and dragons and…
So off the whole crew go in a rather special ship through a wormhole and into their world’s equivalent of Venice. A city built on canals and islands but the canals aren’t smelly (wow – not like Venice in reality then, especially in August) and the city is going to hold its Carnivale – see Venice’s Carnivale – which not only has masked balls but artwork and sculpture and…
And everyone needs a mask – even the cats – and when dusk falls they find out why they not only need the masks but also why they need to have hotel rooms, and not just for the banquet.
Adventures befall them all as they try to help the small sprites and ethereal creatures that power the magic that runs the city (and as they realise the ship too). Take down one, take down all. And disaster comes close as there are monsters out there in the night.
A rollicking tale of trial and tribulation and terrors which follows nicely on from previous adventures. And yes, cats can fly too… I’m sure mine would love to as they find climbing fences a lot of effort!
A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) #14
R. J. Blain
Fiction, paranormal, urban famtasy
Pen & Page Publishing
May 12, 2020
Most days, Anwen regrets working at a funeral home. With the residents no longer inclined to stay in their coffins where they belong, she's got her hands full making sure everyone follows the rules: In the funeral home, there is no screaming, no murdering, no mutilation, no possessions, no kidnappings, no resurrections, and no cursing of any type. Be quiet and stay polite. The day Old Man McGregor decides to take a walk and disturbs her peace, Anwen learns there's a lot more to the basement in the funeral home than a vampire and a handsome gentleman on ice. If she's not careful, she'll learn first-hand why 'eternally yours' is the most potent of threats. Warning: this novel contains romance, humor, bodies, shenanigans, and mythological puppies. Proceed with caution.
Part of a long series with bodies….
This was a good length and so it was long enough to complete a story in one book. No need for a sequel here and I enjoyed reading through whole.
Just a couple of minor grouches from me though – 1. For me it seemed there was too much emphasis on the Aramaic pantheon; and 2. I got seriously confused at times when the characters were explaining all the different relationships within the angelic host and others. This just needed to be simplified down for those not familiar with this pantheon and the way angels and their various families are linked.
I had not realised, until I looked it up, that angels are common to many religions including Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. Of course Medieval scholars managed to make it all very complicated and to have many different choirs of angels and thrones etc but the one thing that most agree on is that Azrael holds a rather benevolent role as the angel of death, wherein he acts as a psychopomp, responsible for transporting the souls of the deceased after death. I have come across the concept of a psychopomp before in Christine Bauer’s work so this was at least familiar to me. But of course, each religion has a different take on angels – names, roles and hierarchy too.
I’m glad that I didn’t give up though. As I found that the story kept me interested and I loved the Mausoleum and graveyard. Anwen was an interesting heroine and I loved her chats with the dead and the loved the way the dead behaved too.
A different world again – but as the angels and others keep hinting – each world that the universe builds lasts only a time – and then is destroyed for some reason and another world appears and magic appears in this new world at some point too. But each world acquires its magic at a different point in its history. Some characters in these stories live through multiple worlds – often by sleeping for long periods. Interesting thought and philosophy.
Do You Hear What I Hear?:
A Detective Shelley Caldwell "Hot Christmas" (A Detective Shelley Caldwell story Book 5)
Dangerous Love Publishing
(13 Nov. 2017)
The song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the middle of the Cold War with Russia. Now Christmas is around the corner and live-in lovers Detective Shelley Caldwell and Jake DeAtley are in a cold war of their own. Shelley has all wonderful memories of Christmas, while Jake, born of a mother turned vampire while pregnant with him, has none. They’ve come to a compromise that she can decorate “her half” of every room, but there can be no Christmas tree. Then a case of hit-and-run leaves a dead body and a magical Christmas tree. With her woo-woo instincts ablaze, Shelley can’t resist bringing home the tree, heating up the war with Jake. There is more to the tree than either knows. Will it bring them back together or push them farther apart. Shelley and Jake met in the novel “Hot Case,” deepened their relationship in “Hot Trick,” and appeared in short stories “Hot Corpse” and “Hot Song.” Each case has a different paranormal/urban fantasy bent and villain. And a little much needed humor.
specialises in romance so her foray into crime fiction is an aberration, but a
good one, and she should continue this series in my opinion.
I started this
series with the last book rather than the first as part of my Xmas reading but
rdalised I wanted to find out the history between Shelley and Silke her twin
and how Shelley met Jake so needed to go back to book 1 and others.
But then found
out that I had a problem – Patricia Rosemoor has written over 90 books (and
counting) and the detective series is not one of her most recognised and thus
it was tricky to track down the book I was looking for. I did find it
What we find out
from the first book is that Shelley is a Sensitive and thus can sense ‘woo woo’
as she puts it in the course of her work. She finds that many of her crime
scenes have non-human creatures involved and also that Jake is not quite human
either! Silke involves herself in the magic world and gets herself into a lot
of trouble as a result and takes her ‘woo woo’ aspects and attributes much more
seriously than Shelley. But over time and crime scenes Shelley gets less
sceptical and more understanding.
contains the following novels:
Hot Case; Hot
Trick; Hot Tales; and Hot Corpse.
But Rosemoor now
uses the ‘Hot’ pre-noun for another series, which could be confusing…
I shall read some
of Rosemoor’s other books at some time, but I read the entire crime series and
The Metaphysical Detective: A Riga Hayworth Mystery
A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery
Mystery, Female Sleuths, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
4 edition (24 Oct. 2011)
Tarot, Wine... and a Dog Named Dog.
When Riga Hayworth finds her new client dead, she smells a setup of metaphysical proportions. Now, to find a killer, Riga must travel from San Francisco to the underworld of Greek mythology... and make it back alive.
Riga's client, Helen Baro, believes her husband is trying to kill her. One problem: her husband died in a car crash last year. Is Helen mad? Is someone else hunting the woman? Or is this really a case of attempted murder from beyond the grave?
But then Helen is found dead, leaving a strange haiku and tarot for a clue, and Riga is hurled into an investigation that threatens the detective and those she loves.
The Metaphysical Detective is the prequel to the Riga Hayworth series. If you like no-nonsense heroines and a bit of supernatural with your mystery, you’ll love The Metaphysical Detective. Buy this quirky urban fantasy and explore the magical world of Riga Hayworth today!
Here I am reviewing the series of 6 books plus bonus stories written from Brigitte’s view.
I really liked
these stories as they were fun to read, light despite some nasty occurrences
with dark magic, and as for the twins! – say no more –
A series that
takes you from the time when .. meets … and sets up her Metaphysical
Detective agency in Tahoe and settles down by the lake. Having visited Tahoe I
totally get what is meant by the road that gets boring as it keeps on going
round the Lake.. Loved the idea of Nessie in the Lake. And Kirsten should know
that the latest thinking on Nessie is that she is a either a giant eel, or a
whole load of eels that swim together in such tight formation that they seem to
be one. And yes, they would look like a monster when doing this…
Just fyi, I found
the origin of the phrase ‘sleep tight’
when I visited an old home last year. It comes from when the frame of a
bed was wooden with rope tied to form the base. The knots on the rope used to
slip so make the bed more comfy and less
saggy you had to tighten up the rope.
I also looked
into the Menehunes. [sorry, I have always been a researcher and can’t just stop
when I get interested in a topic]. They are (semi) mythical. When the
Polynesians arrived in Hawaii they found that there were s number of artefacts
and structures already in existence – dams , fish ponds, roads and temples. So
someone had lived on the islands before they came, but no skeletons have ever
been found. The Polynesians thought they were dwarves for some reason.
Put in an asylum by her parents at age 7, because she hears voices, Ella is broken out by a Vampire. But she isn’t really mad, and the voices can manifest as poltergeists when Ella is threatened. turns out all is not as it seems.
An enjoyable foray into the world of vampires, ghosts and ghouls.. and really Eve, your view of what happens in an asylum is really nasty!
Eve Langlais always writes an enjoyable fantasy which moves along at a good pace and with nice touches of humour.