“Tower of Thorns” by Juliette Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier is the second installment in Blackthorn & Grim, a fantasy series about a prickly young woman who is bent on vengeance against Malthuin, a powerful man who killed her family.  She can’t execute her revenge because her very freedom from prison was purchased by a bargain with a faeRead more

“Dreamer’s Pool” by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer’s Pool is the first installment in Juliet Marillier’s newest series, Blackthorn & Grim.  The protagonist is a woman who has been imprisoned for speaking out against authority.  Fate has not been kind to her.  She’s about to be executed for standing up for what’s right, and her time in prison has made her angryRead more

“Flesh and Spirit” by Carol Berg

Carol Berg’s novel “Flesh and Spirit” is the first book of The Lighthouse Duet.  It tells the story of Valen, a young runaway pureblood sorcerer/cartographer, as he finds his place in life amid troubled times.  His story begins when he is injured and his “friend” empties his pockets and dumps him at a monastery.  ValenRead more

“Priestess of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  While I was at the library used bookstore last week, I came across a gorgeous new hardcover edition of this book, which was exciting.  I had already been familiar with “The Mists of Avalon” (both the book and the miniseries) so decided to give it a try.  It is set after the Arthurian booksRead more