Friday, December 26, 2008

Staff Top Picks: December 2008

December 08 Top Pick

(Nine Kingdoms: Book 3)
by Lynn Kurland

Berkley Pub Group
January 6, 2009
ISBN #0425225682
EAN #9780425225684
368 pages
Trade Size

When darkenss falls
As the mercenary daughter of Gair, the black mage of Ceangail, Morgan is the only one who can stop the terrible sorcery her father unleashed. To do so, she must race against time and find the spell that will allow her to close the well of evil he opened. But that quest will lead her to places she never dreamed existed and into a darkness she would give anything to avoid..
The magic rises
The fate of the Kingdom of Neroche is intertwined with the closing of Gair's well. Miach the archmage of Neroche , is determined to hep Morgain find what she needs, not only because of the safety of the Nine Kingdoms hands in the balance but also because he will do anythin gto protect her. Together they must search out the mysteries of Ceangail, and the dangers of Morgan's own bloodlines.
Now to rescue the kingdom for total ruin, Morgan and Miach have only each other to trust heart and soul....

Leslie says: What will become of this pair of unlikely lovers? Join them on the conclusion of their journey which began with STAR OF THE MORNING and continued with THE MAGE’S DAUGHTER. Follow them as they soar the skies, steal into dangerous places to uncover spells, and fight for their lives, their kingdoms and their love. Fate has a plethora of surprises in store for the tragically orphaned duo – Morgan, a woman whose only desire was to wield a sword who instead finds herself a princess with a heritage of frightening magic and Miach, a prince whose heritage is magic but whose fondest wish was to be a simple farmer. Victory will force new responsibilities on the pair that they’d neither expected nor welcomed. Is their love strong enough to face the challenge?

I do hope Ms. Kurland will continue to offer us fantasy fare along with her incredibly popular romance novels. She has a knack for this genre that will have the reader longing to know the fate of numerous secondary characters as well as the rest of the Nine Kingdoms long after PRINCESS OF THE SWORD has been put to bed. Cathar is intriguing, Rigaud needs a good thumping and I imagine a child born to Morgan and Miach would be a right handful, no? Ah well, until then I highly recommend this incredibly magical and action packed fantasy series!

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Leslie also recommends:

November 4, 2008: THE DRAGON MASTER by Allyson James
November 27, 2007: STAR CRASH by Elysa Hendricks


December 08 Top Read

by Jennifer Turner

October 8, 2008
ISBN #1440422060
EAN #9781440422065
224 pages

Synopsis: After living on the streets of New York City for over a decade, Logan Ellis admits her perceptions might be a little skewed. But twisted or not, there's a satisfying irony in watching a well dressed vampire stand in the middle of a ghetto alley, windblown trash scraping small circles near his feet. What she finds even more intriguing, is waiting for him to decide whether or not he's going to kill her.

Kerestyan Nelek hasn't quite made up his mind. As the Lord of New York, he can't allow a homeless drug addict, whose memories are packed with knowledge of vampiric existence, to run free in his city. It's not the first time he's been in this situation with a human, it's just the first time in thousands of years he's come face to face with one who doesn't seem to care. And that's what makes the decision so damn difficult.

What horrors would you have to witness before you went numb? How many years would it take for you to feel that way? What would it take to make you care again?

Logan's answers are simple: the worst humanity has to offer, almost thirtyand something she never expected.

Deborah says: “Eternal Seduction is a dark novel with strong characters. A true storyteller, Turner keeps a fast pace, seasoned well with wit, and offers you an electrifying pair in Nelek and Logan. A wonderful debut novel I highly recommend.”

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Mippy Recommends:
August 26, 2008: TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS by Shayla Black
January 6, 2009: STAY THE NIGHT by Lynn Viehl
September 30, 2008: NIGHT FALL by Cherry Adair




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