Vallista is the 15th book in the Vlad Taltos series. The plot revolves around a professional human assassin living in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered Dragaerans. The writing is crisp and the plot is solid, but jumping into the series here may be challenging.
Black Frost is book 4.5 in the Demon Accords series by author John Conroe. As such, this is a smaller book, only 114 pages in paperback. But it’s unique in that it largely ignores main characters, focusing on interesting subplots going on behind the scenes.
Following up on the quirky We are Bob, We Are Many finds the hapless Bob Johansson still dead, and his intelligence still powering space probes looking for habitable planets. But everything else has changed, including the loss of most of the rest of life on Earth.
What happens when poor Bob Johansson gets killed crossing the street and wakes up 100 years later as an artificial intelligence that is property of the state? In We Are Legion (We are Bob) novel, a lot of humorous and exciting plot twists.
If you are looking for a plausible story, then Putin’s Gambit could arguably fit that bill. However, other than touching base with current events in the real world, this one ends up being a fairly standard military thriller that doesn’t stand up to masterpieces like Tom Clancy’s tales.
The Blood of Dragons audiobook from Jack Campbell picks up the action where the Daughter of Dragons original left off. In this fascinating world, after the war that overthrew the Great Guilds, the Empire is now vowing to avenge the massive defeat of her imperial legions.
Although it might be a touch gory for some readers, An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors builds up a perfect plot that embraces all the things that make Steampunk stories so fun to experience.
If you’re hunting for a novel in which good triumphs over evil and our intrepid heroes emerge battered but largely unscathed, then Section 31 – Control isn’t it. Instead, this Star Trek novel offers 368 pages of intrigue and disaster coupled with a nail-biting finish.
Staying true to Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine universe, The Long Mirage nonetheless suffers from some serious pacing problems, turning what should be both a fun romp and an interesting story into a tale only suitable for hardcore fans.
It’s time for haunted fun with Graveyard Shift, a debut novel from Michael Haspil featuring an ancient mummy and a Roman vampire working as vice cops, keeping their city safe from other undead and hordes of evil monsters.