Indian Voyage: Sarah A. Hoyt’s “Soul of Fire” (2008)
Jul06

Indian Voyage: Sarah A. Hoyt’s “Soul of Fire” (2008)

In Soul of Fire, Sarah A. Hoyt’s glittering and engaging sequel to Heart of Light, British gentleman and were-dragon Peter Farewell embarks on a daunting and dangerous journey to the heart of British-controlled India. His mission: to find and recover “Soul of Fire,” twin gem to “Heart of Light” and deliver it to his friend, Nigel Oldhall, so that Nigel can return both gems to their rightful place, the first temple mankind ever built,...

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“Magical Mystery Tour”: Sarah A. Hoyt’s “Heart of Light” (2008)
Jul05

“Magical Mystery Tour”: Sarah A. Hoyt’s “Heart of Light” (2008)

Heart of Light, the first installment in Sarah A. Hoyt’s Magical British Empire series, took me somewhat by surprise. I say somewhat by surprise because, having read the back cover blurb and admired the cover art, I was half-expecting to love it. I totally loved it. Not unreserved love, mind you, but it was what I hoped for and more, and if, in places, I found a small quibble with pacing or characterization, by the end of the...

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David Eddings’ “The Belgariad”: An Appreciation
Jun08

David Eddings’ “The Belgariad”: An Appreciation

David Eddings’ The Belgariad was one of my all-time favorite fantasy series, growing up. I must have read and reread it every year for a period of about seven years, starting in my very early teens. My original physical copies are battered and worn to the point where I won’t risk reading them again—but I still keep each and every one. The other day I noticed them on the shelf, and decided to reread the entire series (in...

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