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Book Review 136: The White Raven by Carrie D. Miller

I never thought I would like reading a book about witches. Well, that’s the power of reading.  You can end up liking something unexpected.

The White Raven by Carrie D. Miller is the story of Aven Dovenelle. Finally in her thirteenth life, she has found stability and happiness in the now witchcraft-friendly Salem, Massachusetts, where she has opened her own shop.  But something threatens Aven’s stability and happiness by the presence of a dark magic connected to one of her past lives and a elusive white raven who has appeared throughout each life. Those elements from Aven’s past continues to haunt her until she finally confronts it in an intriguing display of supernatural power.

Miller creates an engaging protagonist in Aven and the supporting characters like her lover Cal, and best friend, Jo (who is also a witch).  The story is about of power of love (in both romance and friendships) and what does living a good life mean. The White Raven has the potential to be an ongoing series but works well as a standalone.  I read this novel in two settings and that’s a good sign for being one of my favorite reads in 2018. Recommended for fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

 

 

Book Review 135: The Man in The Maze by Robert Silverberg

“Science Fiction, more than any other form of literature, is a progress, and it comes with a sell-by date. Some old SF can become unreadable. Some reputations erode with time. What we respond to, once the sell-by date is past, is art and, perhaps, is also truth.” (Neil Gaiman) The introduction by Neil Gaiman from… Continue Reading

Book Review 133: Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

“The marketer is not in control, the consumer is. And the consumer is selfish. Consumers care very little about you, your company, your products, your career, or your family. They’re not likely to spend time trying to discover how you can help them solve their problems. The heart of Permission Marketing is giving the stranger… Continue Reading

Book Review 132: The Land Across by Gene Wolfe

One of the greatest living American authors just had their eighty-seven birthday earlier this month.  Is it Philip Roth? Cormac McCarthy? Richard Ford? John Irving? Toni Morrison?  None of them.  It is Gene Wolfe. Wolfe has never gotten the mainstream literary success or lauded like those aforementioned authors. However, he is revered and celebrated in… Continue Reading

How to Get Away This Summer without Leaving Home

    Greetings from Kammbia! Welcome to a world you’ll want to escape to again and again! But first, I’d like to ignite your imagination with a whirlwind tour of all things Kammbian. Look for these things as you read—and absorb more about this fantastic world.   The Lay of the Land The map of… Continue Reading

Book Review 130: Warrior by K.M. Tremills

Last year, I read the first book in a series of an introspective and thoughtful fantasy novel by an author I had made an online acquaintance through a Facebook writers group.  That first novel, Messenger, got my attention through its absorbing prose and a protagonist, Gabriella determined to stop the evil Great Prince from conquering… Continue Reading

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