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The Thousand Year Divide

Catrin Russell

War spills over in the exciting conclusion to Catrin Russell’s dark fantasy epic series with The Thousand Year Divide!  War is breaking out in the Midlands, and it is up to Anaya and Samael to unite the Demon clans before all slips into darkness.  It was really fun getting to catch up with Anaya and Samael (who are both always fantastic characters) as they work to bring the Obsidian Trials to an end!  Samael is as witty as ever, but you can tell the growing conflict is taking its toll.  You can really feel the tension in this installment, tension that has been building this entire series to a wonderfully satisfying conclusion in this book!  I have spent a lot of time in Russell’s dark world, and am sad to see it go, but the series really couldn’t have ended in a better way.  If high fantasy that walks on the darker side is your beat, come take part in the Trials in The Thousand Year Divide!


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In Ora: The Land of the Superior

Sotto Voce

Sotto Voce gives us an exciting, dystopian, and wonderfully strange look at morality with In Ora: The Land of the Superior!  Biologic breakthroughs have led to a division in humanity, one species of human falling into ruin while the other claims superiority.  In an attempt to save his friend, Luke journeys to the land of the Ora, the supposedly superior race, in a journey of discovery.  Voce explores the ups and downs, and the outright strange outcomes of mastering biology.  This was a really thought-provoking journey, and one that drew me in by Luke’s very human struggle!  Voce really built a world that’s both alien and believable, and it was really fun getting to explore and see what there was to see.  If you love speculative fiction or sci fi that makes you think but also moves at a great pace, come find the cure In Ora!


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…all Good Apologies End in a #ashtag

Brian Wilcox

Brian Wilcox gives us a wonderfully unique examination of humanity through a series of short stories and poems in …all Good Apologies End in a #ashtag!  I love the creative angle that Wilcox uses!  You feel like a fly on the wall, observing a story that could really happen, each ending with a creative hashtag that drives the point home.  There’s a great variety here as the stories and poems ranged from humorous, to deep, to heartfelt, and even mysterious (I’m thinking of the sandwich here).  If you’re looking for a quick read with a great heart, and one that leaves you thinking, definitely #checkout All Good Apologies!


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Godeena

Stjepan Cobets

Stjepan Cobets sends us on a tense rescue mission to a deadly alien planet in Godeena!  Cybernetically enhanced soldier Henry Broncon is no stranger to surviving deadly missions, but when he’s sent to rescue a VIP from planet Godeena, a strange world that has killed everyone that has landed on it, his survival isn’t all he’ll have to worry about.  I really loved the mystery and suspense of Godeena, and Cobets really built the tension brick by brick with his fantastic writing!  Though a partially cybernetic being, Henry was a very relatable, likeable, and human character, and it was interesting to see him not only navigate a deadly alien world, but also manage running a squad of conflicts in a very Dirty Dozen fashion.  If suspenseful sci fi with a healthy dose of action and mystery is your beat, come make planetfall on Godeena!


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