“The Forgotten Beasts of Eld” by Patricia A. McKillip

  This is my fourth book for the Once Upon a Time V challenge.  After reading several excellent blog reviews about Patricia McKillip’s “Winter Rose,” I came across this at a used book sale.  It is one of McKillip’s earlier books, and the edition I picked up came complete with 1970s cover art. Although “TheRead 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

“Someplace to Be Flying” by Charles de Lint

  This is my second book for the Once Upon a Time V challenge.  The novel, like most of Charles de Lint’s, is urban fantasy set in the fictional city of Newford. In de Lint’s world, the animal people are shapeshifting spirits who have been on the earth since creation.  When Lily, a photographer, isRead more

“Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clark

  In my epic quest to find a decent fantasy novel, I came upon Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.  I really really wanted to like this book.  I’d read good reviews on Amazon, and when I read the preview chapter, the writing seemed decent enough. Normally I’d add a bit of a plot summary here. Read more

“Forests of the Heart” by Charles de Lint

  Today I have another Charles de Lint review.  Forests of the Heart is quite possibly my favorite de Lint novel thus far. The story’s central character is Bettina, a half-Mexican half-Native American woman who is a curandera, or healer.  Bettina’s magic tells her to move from the desert that is her home to Newford.Read more

“Muse and Reverie” by Charles de Lint

This book is a collection of thirteen of Charles de Lint’s short stories.  The stories in this collection are set in the American city of Newford, which could just as easily be Pittsburgh, Boston, or even DC.  Newford is a rather ordinary city, but one where fantasy blends into reality.  There are elves, fairies, NativeRead more