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Image of Awakening. Awakening - book one of this first trilogy by Australian author Lara Morgan is the story of an ancient conflict. It is between peoples of several nations and the good inhabitants who dwell within and the evil god who they live in fear of. Serpents also live within these lands and have magic powers ...
Awakening reviewed by Josephine Crowley


This is an adventure book that would interest middle primary school aged boy readers. The story is based around pirates recruiting children for a scheme that is revealed as the book progresses. The central character Fergus is also searching to find out what happened to his father, who disappeared be ...
Fergus Crane reviewed by Catherine


In the Year 3134 AD, the Republic of the Inner Sphere is starting to fall apart. Devilin Stone, the Republic's founder has vanished, the HPG communications network has been sabotaged and various factions throughout the Inner Sphere are stirring the embers of war. In 3050, the Clan invasion was bea ...
MW: Blood of the Isle reviewed by John Fallon


Image of The Runes of the Earth. The Runes of the Earth: The first of four volumes of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Donaldson's earlier two trilogies follow Thomas Covenant's quests through The Land to thwart the evil Lord Foul. It has been over twenty years since these books were released, now we can return to The Land. ...
The Runes of the Earth reviewed by Tim


Image of Dragonclaw. Dragonclaw is the first book of six from the series The Witches of Eileanan by Australian author Kate Forsyth. On Eileanan, sixteen years ago, the Righ Jaspar took on a new wife - Maya. They claim that she has ensorcelled the Righ. Since her arrival, the first coven of witches and the towers have be ...
Dragonclaw reviewed by Julianne


Image of The Pool of Two Moons. The Pool of Two Moons continues the story of Meghan the Beasts, Isabeau the Foundling, Lachlan MicCuinn, Iseult of the White Snows and Maya, Banrigh of Eilenan. Isabeau has reached the palace of Maya and entered the service of Latifa, a witch friend of Meghan's, who is the palace cook. Lachlan and I ...
The Pool of Two Moons reviewed by Julianne


Image of Shield of the Sky. The Shield of the Sky is home to the Free People - Amazons, the Sisterhood. It is also home to the Ailu people, a shape-shifter race descended from the ancient gods themselves. Rhenna of the Free People, not quite an outcast of her tribe and her companions, Tahvo of the North (a seer) and Cian of th ...
Shield of the Sky reviewed by Lynn T.


Image of Dragonclaw. Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth, is the first of a six book series. Set on a world where magic is a part of nature and seeming much like an old Scottish fairy story. It even has a ‘Lochness Monster', though it is not called that. Unlike most fantasy stories, it is not centred around one central hero or h ...
Dragonclaw reviewed by April H.


Image of Starman. Book 3 of the Axis Trilogy Published by Harpercollins Paperback ISBN: 0-7322-5159-1 Starman is the 3rd book of the Axis Trilogy following Battleaxe and Enchanter. Although a large book, 709 pages, this book keeps the readers interest, drawing you toward the culmination of prophecy. Identit ...
Starman reviewed by April H.


Image of The Black Gryphon. The Black Gryphon,set 1,500 years before the Valdemar series, depicts the start of an epic war. The Mage of Silence, Urtho, commands an army consisting of human, intelligent magic created animals, mages, healers, empaths and soldiers. Set during the early stages of this war, The Black Gryphon foll ...
The Black Gryphon reviewed by Julianne


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Image of Aftershocks. Colonization 3 Aftershocks provided no great surprises. In this episode, it’s now the 60s / 70s, the lizards have been on Earth for long enough for children to have grown to adulthood knowing no other world than one divided between the humans and the Lizards. ‘World’ coverage continues to be ...
Aftershocks reviewed by Garry Dalrymple


Alien Embassy by Ian Watson, apparently the world has given up on materialism and technology for ‘Tantric flying’ as a means of getting in touch with alien planets. This is revealed as a cover, ‘Tantric Flying’ assisted by high tech is in fact the planet’s sole defence against the Star Beast, an ...
Alien Embassy reviewed by Garry Dalrymple


Image of Awakening. Awakening - book one of this first trilogy by Australian author Lara Morgan is the story of an ancient conflict. It is between peoples of several nations and the good inhabitants who dwell within and the evil god who they live in fear of. Serpents also live within these lands and have magic powers ...
Awakening reviewed by Josephine Crowley


Image of The Awakening. The Awakening, Book One of The Triumvirate Bevan McGuiness On the outskirts of the Asan Empire a girl, Hwenfayre, grows up in a remote coastal settlement as an outsider. Her only pleasure is a beautiful driftwood harp that was left to her by her father. In playing the harp, she finds that she ca ...
The Awakening reviewed by Hayden


‘The Black Crusade’ by Richard Harland is an example of ‘Speculative Fiction’ and small press publication at its very best. Written as a prequel to the cult classic ‘The Vicar of Morbing Vyle’ it purports to be a memoir of a reluctant follower of the ‘The Black Crusade’, a Gothic satirical quest ...
The Black Crusade reviewed by Garry Dalrymple


Image of The Black Gryphon. The Black Gryphon,set 1,500 years before the Valdemar series, depicts the start of an epic war. The Mage of Silence, Urtho, commands an army consisting of human, intelligent magic created animals, mages, healers, empaths and soldiers. Set during the early stages of this war, The Black Gryphon foll ...
The Black Gryphon reviewed by Julianne


Image of Blue Dragon. ‘Blue Dragon’ is the third instalment of the Dark Heavens series by Kylie Chan. ‘White Dragon’ starts with Emma Donahoe taking on the job of full-time nanny to Simone, a special little girl. Emma realises just how special Simone is when she realises that Simone’s father is none other than Xuan Tia ...
Blue Dragon reviewed by Lynn


Image of Carpe Demon. If you like Buffy and are a fan of Desperate Housewives, then this gives you the best of both worlds. A mum trying to juggle a family life which includes a teenager, and a young child suddenly realises that her demon hunting youth has reared its fangy face. The adventures are just beginning for her ...
Carpe Demon reviewed by Lynn


Image of Command Decision. Kylara Vatta is maturing in her leadership of the loose coalition of privateers resisting the depredation of organised pirate ships. Stella Vatta works on the home front, repairing the economic base of the Vatta trading empire, encouraging Toby Vatta to develop innovative technology. Rafael Dunbarge ...
Command Decision reviewed by Tim


Image of Command Decision. Kylara Vatta is maturing in her leadership of the loose coalition of privateers resisting the depredation of organised pirate ships. Stella Vatta works on the home front, repairing the economic base of the Vatta trading empire, encouraging Toby Vatta to develop innovative technology. Rafael Dunbarge ...
Command Decision reviewed by Tim


Image of Command Decision. In a world with instant communication, those who have access to it have a distinct advantage over those who don't. It's been over a year since the system ansibles run by ISC stopped working across vast areas of space, and lines of communication have been dependent upon the traders moving between sys ...
Command Decision reviewed by Dan


Image of Command Decision. In a world with instant communication, those who have access to it have a distinct advantage over those who don't. It's been over a year since the system ansibles run by ISC stopped working across vast areas of space, and lines of communication have been dependent upon the traders moving between sys ...
Command Decision reviewed by Dan


Image of Dragonclaw. Dragonclaw is the first book of six from the series The Witches of Eileanan by Australian author Kate Forsyth. On Eileanan, sixteen years ago, the Righ Jaspar took on a new wife - Maya. They claim that she has ensorcelled the Righ. Since her arrival, the first coven of witches and the towers have be ...
Dragonclaw reviewed by Julianne


Image of Dragonclaw. Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth, is the first of a six book series. Set on a world where magic is a part of nature and seeming much like an old Scottish fairy story. It even has a ‘Lochness Monster', though it is not called that. Unlike most fantasy stories, it is not centred around one central hero or h ...
Dragonclaw reviewed by April H.


This is an adventure book that would interest middle primary school aged boy readers. The story is based around pirates recruiting children for a scheme that is revealed as the book progresses. The central character Fergus is also searching to find out what happened to his father, who disappeared be ...
Fergus Crane reviewed by Catherine


Image of For a Few Demons More. Rachel Morgan's day (technically at least) has started badly. Possesion by a demon (insane) is not on her 'to do' list. Apparently the whole sanctified ground thing doesn't count if the demon is in possession of a body. So now the church she shares with Ivy, her vampire housemate, is no longer sanct ...
For a Few Demons More reviewed by Dan


Image of The Gene Thieves. Welcome to the future Australia, or is it just around the corner? Genetic modification and surrogate parents are the norm in this view of society to come, but even Paradise has problems. Dr Mitchell Brown, known as Piggy because of his appearance, wants a child, but there are major legal obstacles t ...
The Gene Thieves reviewed by Jonathan Dean


Image of Goddess. We are transported to the desert and to the prison where Ana is held captive. The scene is set for another exciting, indeed a glorious read, as Fiona McIntosh continues the Percheon series in Goddess, which is Book 3 and last, of the Percheon series. This is a long read with many characters and it ...
Goddess reviewed by Josephine Crowley


Image of Hammer of God. “Hammer of God” Book 3 of Godspeaker Series by Karen Miller The Godspeaker Series tells the story of two queens. One was born a slave and rose to be queen of a kingdom. She rules with magic and cruelty and is already ancient. The other, a young woman, came to rule by chance. She is fearless in ...
Hammer of God reviewed by Josephine Crowley


Image of The Immortal Prince. The Immortal Prince is a story about lies. The story winds and unwinds around two main characters, Arkady Desean, a cynical young academic and Kyle Lakesh, a murderer who desperately wants to die, despite his self-proclaimed immortality. Arkady also happens to be the Duchess of Glaeba, married to ...
The Immortal Prince reviewed by Isabelle


Image of Man With the Golden Torc. This book centres around a character who uses with the pseudonym Shaman Bond. From the outset it tries to be a parody of the James Bond character set in a world where daemons, elves, witches and worse secretly influence our modern world. Shamans job is to secretly protect humankind and eliminate the ...
Man With the Golden Torc reviewed by Graeme


In the Year 3134 AD, the Republic of the Inner Sphere is starting to fall apart. Devilin Stone, the Republic's founder has vanished, the HPG communications network has been sabotaged and various factions throughout the Inner Sphere are stirring the embers of war. In 3050, the Clan invasion was bea ...
MW: Blood of the Isle reviewed by John Fallon


Image of Odalisque. Fiona McIntosh has done it again! Odalisque - book one of a new trilogy by this talented author is an exciting, indeed enchanting read. I was captivated by the story of Percheron and its people, the intrigue of the Royal Court and the magic of several of its occupants. The author points a vivid pi ...
Odalisque reviewed by Josephine Crowley


Image of Odalisque. I have a confession to make. I'm a gutter dweller in the Australian speculative fiction writer's ghetto, and I'd never read a Fiona McIntosh book. This was remedied by reading Odalisque, book one of the Percheron trilogy. The opening chapter didn't impress me at all, showing a slave taking out the ...
Odalisque reviewed by Steven


Image of Pawn of Prophecy. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings Eddings is one the biggest fantasy writers in the world today, and his first novel in the genre was Pawn of Prophecy. It was the first of five books that now compose the Belgariad series. Pawn of Prophecy commences with a prologue that provides a brief history of s ...
Pawn of Prophecy reviewed by Stuart Wark


Image of The Pool of Two Moons. The Pool of Two Moons continues the story of Meghan the Beasts, Isabeau the Foundling, Lachlan MicCuinn, Iseult of the White Snows and Maya, Banrigh of Eilenan. Isabeau has reached the palace of Maya and entered the service of Latifa, a witch friend of Meghan's, who is the palace cook. Lachlan and I ...
The Pool of Two Moons reviewed by Julianne


Image of RealmShift. Comments, rather than a review: I really did enjoy it. Good except for the swearing. A good idea and a good yarn. Better than Matthew Reilly's first novel (Conquest), and Alan Baxter should be picked up by one of the major publishers. I've ordered the sequel with Infinitas, for when it is released ...
RealmShift reviewed by Michael Wilde


Image of RealmShift. In the last few years there has been an ever increasing interest in humanities faith and man’s relationship with religion. This has become even more apparent with the plethora of books being published that deal with the subject. So much so that bookshops are now creating new sections in their stores ...
RealmShift reviewed by Chris Maric


Image of RealmShift. We get launched straight into the action: the semi-protagonist must locate and guide a perfect example of the scum of the earth and ensure that he fulfils his "destiny", which involves being in a Guatemalan jungle in a certain point in space-time and killing a second scum of the earth befo ...
RealmShift reviewed by Michael Fridman


Image of RealmShift. When you see that a book is self published, it doesn't fill you with confidence. So, I picked up Realmshift when I had a few spare moments to fill. When I put it down, I found I didn't want to - it had hooked me. Realmshift tells the story of Isiah, an immortal who is the agent of an entity called ...
RealmShift reviewed by Adam Bales


Image of Royal Exile. Wow! Fiona McIntosh, you have done it again. Please, please hurry and write number 2 - and number 3 in this new series "Valisar". I so enjoyed Royal Exile and once again I wanted to stay up all night and read and read! This is the story of the Donova Set - made up of seven realms and each ...
Royal Exile reviewed by Josephine Crowley


Image of The Runes of the Earth. The Runes of the Earth: The first of four volumes of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Donaldson's earlier two trilogies follow Thomas Covenant's quests through The Land to thwart the evil Lord Foul. It has been over twenty years since these books were released, now we can return to The Land. ...
The Runes of the Earth reviewed by Tim


Image of Shield of the Sky. The Shield of the Sky is home to the Free People - Amazons, the Sisterhood. It is also home to the Ailu people, a shape-shifter race descended from the ancient gods themselves. Rhenna of the Free People, not quite an outcast of her tribe and her companions, Tahvo of the North (a seer) and Cian of th ...
Shield of the Sky reviewed by Lynn T.


Image of Starman. Book 3 of the Axis Trilogy Published by Harpercollins Paperback ISBN: 0-7322-5159-1 Starman is the 3rd book of the Axis Trilogy following Battleaxe and Enchanter. Although a large book, 709 pages, this book keeps the readers interest, drawing you toward the culmination of prophecy. Identit ...
Starman reviewed by April H.


Image of Sword From Red Ice. A Sword From Red Ice JV Jones A Sword From Red Ice is the long awaited new novel from JV Jones in the epic Sword of Shadows series. Initially, this series was supposed to have been a trilogy, but somewhere along the way it has been expanded out to a 5 book series. Unfortunately for us readers, t ...
Sword From Red Ice reviewed by Hayden


Image of A Sword From Red Ice. A Sword From Red Ice JV Jones A Sword From Red Ice is the long awaited new novel from JV Jones in the epic Sword of Shadows series. Initially, this series was supposed to have been a trilogy, but somewhere along the way it has been expanded out to a 5 book series. Unfortunately for us readers, t ...
A Sword From Red Ice reviewed by Hayden


Image of Urban Shaman. Urban Shaman C. E. Murphy Luna, 344 pages Siobhàn Walkingstick (a.k.a. Joanne Walker) is a half-Irish, half-Cherokee police officer / mechanic who becomes entangled with the Celtic god Cernunnos and the forces of the Wild Hunt in this original paranormal thriller. With the help of a spirit gu ...
Urban Shaman reviewed by Karen Maric


Image of Urban Shaman. Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy Joanne Walker -- mechanic, cop, and unwitting urban shaman -- is the latest ghoul-butt kicking heroine in the supernatural-thriller genre. She also heralds C.E. (Catie) Murphy as a potential new star to watch in the footsteps of Anita Blake, Tanya Huff and Jim Butche ...
Urban Shaman reviewed by Stuart


Image of White Tiger. WHITE TIGER by Kylie Chan Book 1 of Dark Heavens ISBN 0-7322-8296-9 Reviewed by Julianne White Tiger is the first book by Australian author Kylie Chan and it’s a great read. Set in Hong Kong, this is the story of Emma Donahue and her job as nanny to Simone and her rich businessman father, Jo ...
White Tiger reviewed by Julianne


Image of The Zombie Survival Guide. I found this book disturbingly amusing with its deadpan instructions on the practicalities of dealing with a plague of zombies. Clearly the author has spent much effort considering and planning his survival. ...
The Zombie Survival Guide reviewed by Tim