Book Review: Revel in Stark Holborn’s genre bending space western Ten Low

Seeking penance for past crimes, ex-medic Ten Low trudges the unforgiving deserts of Factus, healing those in need and trying desperately to keep a low profile.

But, when she comes across a crashed Accord spaceship and its only survivor, staying under the radar becomes that much harder. Because Gabriella Ortiz is no ordinary soldier; she’s one of the Accord’s genetically-engineered teenage generals, and, as Low discovers, the spaceship crash was far from an accident…

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Book Review: Dark family history collides with gothic fantasy in A.G. Slatter’s All The Murmuring Bones

Long ago, the O’Malleys prospered, striking a deal with the mer to secure their ships as they made their fortune. But the O’Malleys have failed to live up to their end of the bargain, and Mirin’s grandmother, Aoife, must find a new way to save the family.

Sacrificing a child of each generation to the mer in exchange for their continued survival, Aoife, it seems, is willing to start up the O’Malley tradition once more. But it isn’t the creatures of the deep she’ll be appeasing, and the threat to Mirin’s safety is distinctly more human in form.

After she discovers letters that point to answers about her past, and a potential way out of her grandmother’s scheming, Mirin goes on the run. The letters mentioned a place named Blackwater, the last known location of her parents, and it’ll take more than Aoife and a few angry mer to stop Mirin from finding her way there.

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Book Review: Lyndall Clipstone sets the bar high in moody YA fantasy Lakesedge

Leta has heard the rumours about Rowan Sylvanan, the monster who drowned his entire family as a boy. But the dangerous young lord of Lakesedge might be the only one who can help her brother Arien, afflicted by a dark and violent magic that threatens to overtake him.

But upon entering the grounds of Lakesedge, with its empty manor and mysterious black lake, Leta soon realises all is not what it appears. It seems that it may be Rowan who needs their help, and that the monster might not be so monstrous after all.

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