Review: Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
Reviews / April 2, 2018

As much as I enjoy standalone fantasy epics, a part of me feels Blood of the Four would have been better served had the authors not tried to cram everything in this ambitious endeavor into one single volume. I had very mixed feelings about this one, due in part to the wild swings between the highs and the lows. At times, the story would have me gripped in moments of frenzied action and intensity, while at others I would find myself almost lulled to sleep by some of the slower and more tedious sections. At the heart of this novel is a kingdom torn apart by power struggles and slavery. Once peaceful and prosperous, Quandis has become a nation divided, ruled by a queen whose drug addiction has left her mind addled and unable to control the dangerous magic she dabbles in. One night, while in a state of drug-induced stupor, she accidentally lets it slip to her paramour that she has been attempting to seize the magical power of the Four for herself, drawing upon the forces said to belong to the four ancient sorcerers who founded the kingdom. The queen’s lover, however, was not the only one to…

Review: Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon
Reviews / March 16, 2016

We start the book with Deadman’s Hand.  This is the first in the Assassin’s series and opens as a stranger rides into the town of Deadwood on a pale horse. His name is Gabriel and he seeks revenge. Doug is the local storekeeper who witnesses Gabriel’s arrival and who will narrate this tale.  It seems from this point onward that Doug, in spite of himself, is going to be pulled into the strange world of Gabriel and the man that he seeks.  At the same time, on the other side of town another stranger has appeared and following some sort of altercation is now spending time in the mortuary!  Strange coincidence?  Or has Gabriel been beaten to his quarry? This is only a short story but nonetheless is an intriguing tale with a small but interesting cast of characters.  I don’t want to elaborate too much on the plot because it would be easy to spoil the story for others.  What I can say is that Gabriel is no ordinary man.  Cursed hundreds of years ago he seeks the man called Temple who killed his family.  Temple, likewise is no ordinary man, he is in fact a demon, incredibly difficult to…