Category Archives: Urban Fantasy

Spells and Bullets Together: The Modern Soldier-Mage’s Guide to Warfare

by Tom Doyle Tor Books has just published American Craftsmen, my first novel in a three-book modern-day fantasy series. The “craftsmen” in the title are the magician soldiers and psychic spies who’ve been secretly serving their country since colonial times. … Continue reading

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Barking, Tom Holt (Orbit, 2007)

Barking is a comic urban fantasy that kept me laughing throughout. For those of you who have never heard of Tom Holt, he is to Urban Fantasy as Terry Pratchett is to High Fantasy. He is a master of weaving subtle jokes and the absurd into good plots and this book is no exception…. see http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post! To mark this day, I’m going to list the top ten most popular posts, and the top ten favorite books I reviewed this year! To see them go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com

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Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl (Little Brown Books, 2009) {Hachette Audio, 2009; Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, featuring Eve Bianco}

Beautiful Creatures is a YA Paranormal Romance which received sixth place in the 2010 Teens Top Ten Award. God only knows why. The writing flows and is easy to follow, but the story failed on a number of levels, not least of which was the authenticity of the narrator. While it would have made a brilliant short story, novelette or maybe even novella, coming in at around 600 pages, it drags more than just a little. For a full review, go to: http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (Disney-Hyperion, 2001) (Audioversion: Listening Library, 2004) Narrated by Nathaniel Parker.

Artemis Fowl is a solid piece of mid-grade comic crime fiction placed in a modern fantasy setting. The protagonist is twelve year old criminal genius who begins his crime spree by taking on an elite division of the fairy police force: the LEP Recon. Sound like a ridiculous premise, even for a mid-grade reader? It is, and that is part of the fun… Continue reading

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Greywalker, Kat Richardson (Roc, 2009)

The first book in the series of the same name, Greywalker is a highly enjoyable Urban Fantasy. One part crime fiction, one part horror, Greywalker delivers a highly appealing main character and supporting cast. A great book for those interested in Urban Fantasy, and a very good place to start for those curious about the genre Continue reading

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