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Recent Books

Robert Jackson Bennett: The Tainted Cup (2024, Del Rey) 5 stars

The Tainted Cup

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An eccentric detective and her long-suffering assistant untangle a web of magic, deceit, and murder in this sparkling fantasy reimagining of the classic crime novel—from the bestselling author of The Founders Trilogy.

In Daretana’s greatest mansion, a high Imperial officer lies dead—killed, to all appearances, when a tree spontaneously erupted …

Lilith Saintcrow: Steelflower (2008, Samhain Publishing) 4 stars

Steelflower

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Thief, assassin, sellsword—Kaia Steelflower is famous. Well, mostly famous, and mostly for the wrong reasons. She’s made a good life for herself, despite being kicked out of her homeland for having no magic. She’s saving up for her retirement, when she can settle down, run an inn, and leave the …