The blurb: It’s The Last of
the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome in this exciting and inventive debut
novel from Sidewise Award-winner Alan Smale that will thrill fans of
alternate history, historical fiction, and military fiction.
a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command
of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American
continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated
the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is
caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances
and find a new place in this strange land.
Review: This is the first alternate history novel I've read and it was a pleasant surprise. Clash of Eagles was a well written story that just flowed so smoothly.
It's the thirteenth century and Praetor Gaius Marcellinus travels to Nova Hesperia to quench the Roman thirst for gold. Early on, Marcellinus's legion falls and the Cahokian people of the Mississippi river valleys take the Praetor in. Throughout the book, Marcellinus learns about the Cahokia culture and introduces the people to many Roman ideas and inventions. Rich with graphic descriptions of battle, I found the day to day interactions between Marcellinus and the Cahokian people to be my favorite. If you like alternate history novels, this read might be for you.
you to Del Rey Spectra, a part of Random House, and NetGalley for
providing me with a digital ARC copy of this book for review**
Blurb: The Thyme Fiend by
Jeffrey Ford is a dark fantasy novelette about a young man who can only
prevent seeing visions by eating or smoking thyme. When he finds the
skeleton of a missing man the skeleton begins to haunt him. What does it
Review: This was a bit of a dark read, but totally worth it. The story of a young boy whose parents help him navigate his demons by making tea and cigarettes with thyme. My favorite part was when the kid's father was teaching him how to roll thyme cigarettes. But then the story sputters to an ending that didn't seem as creative as the rest of it. 3/5 stars Read it here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2015/03/the-thyme-fiend-jeffrey-ford
The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.
Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within.
Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls
have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as
Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind
him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is
involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on
opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring
peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and
she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far
worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
Strangely, this was better than the first book, but the ending didn't hit the spot. The author leaves the series open for the third book in the series, but there was just something lacking in the last 25%. In THE INFINITE we see Kai and Avan's relationship struggle to be what it was. Also, there's more world!
I'm not sure why I picked this up to read, since the first book wasn't my favorite. I'm thinking it's those darn covers which are just so pretty.