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review 2018-11-22 13:21
interesting back story
The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vahanian Collection - Gail Z. Martin

Set of short stories following the life and adventures of Jonmarc Vahanian and how his life was complicated and messy and how he gained skills that he had to bring him to where he became a hero.  Followed by a curse he tries always to do the right thing, sometimes not succeeding too well but it's interesting to read these glimpses into his life.

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review 2018-01-31 14:51
want more
Shadow and Flame: Book 4 of the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga - Gail Gaymer Martin

I had almost forgotten how much I liked Blaine and Kestrel and Connor.  How much they've grown through the series and taken on mantels they didn't want but realise within themselves that they are the best people for those jobs.  I realise that this is a conclusion to the series and the major annoyances have been dealt with (somewhat with a deus ex but it still took effort) and I want to know what the bargain will mean for Connor and how his relationship with the Wraith Lord will go over time.


Again actions have consequences and they have to learn to live in a world post-magical apocalypse.

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text 2017-07-24 02:33
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 592 pages.
Ice Forged - Gail Z. Martin

Not sure if this is for me. I like fantasy a lot, but I like it with more action and fast pace. Better pick up pace soon book!

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review 2016-09-23 21:36
Gaslight & Grimm
Gaslight & Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales - Jody Lynn Nye,Gail Z. Martin,Danielle Ackley-McPhail

[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]


I found this anthology quite inspiring in general, and it left me with a better impression than anthologies generally do. I appreciated that most stories, while building upon the foundations of original tales, didn't hesitate to stray from them at some point, instead of being "mere" retellings almost identical to their inspirations. For instance, the one inspired by "Rapunzel".


The ones I liked best:


- "When Pigs Fly" (original story: The Three Little Pigs): airship and their badass captains, on a backdrop of Alliance vs. Rogues conflict. I was bound to like this one.


- "From the Horse's Mouth" (The Goose Girl): a gritty retelling, that doesn't shy away from the grim realities of a country at war.


- "The Giant Killer" (Jack the Giant Killer): with Jack being more of a Jane, with interesting devices and a tendency to get into trouble... but always with a certain style.


Remarks on a couple of other stories:


- "The (Steamy) Tale of Cinderella (Cinderella, obviously): set in a fleet gathered around the princely ship, where the fated ball is to be held. But the Prince isn't just some charming vapid man, Cinderella is more interested in machines than in snagging a man, and there's a nice LGBT dimension. I do regret, though, that the latter was presented a little abruptly, out of nowhere—there could have been so much more, instead of the (at first) traditional approach of shaming same-sex relationships. Fortunately Cinderella's and the Prince's decision is an interesting one.


- "The Hair Ladder": I liked the different relationship dynamis between "Rapunzel" and "the witch". I wasn't convinced by the mother, however, as she was much too selfish and vain, and felt like a cardboard villain.


But overall, these stories were more 3 to 4 stars each than anything really bad. "The Walking House" (Baba Yaga) is probably my least favourite.

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text 2016-06-23 13:25
Necromancy Light and Dark by Gail Z. Martin (GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY)
The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection - Gail Z. Martin

Stop by the Ruins today to see what Gail Z. Martin has to say about Necromancy Light and Dark in her various series (Chronicles of the Necromancer / Fallen Kings Cycle / Deadly Curiosities / Iron & Blood), and to win one (1) physical copy of The Shadowed Path (US/UK/Canada/Australia) and one (1) ebook copy of Modern Magic (worldwide).


Source: beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2016/06/necromancy-light-and-dark-by-gail-z.html
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