Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The City of Death by Sarwat Chadda

Go a bit deeper than Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom into the lore of India.  The goddess Kali is all about death and Ash Mistry, through a minor accident, is her tool of death.  Just being in the eighth grade makes that last bit a hard pill to swallow.

Follow Ash through many lands as he meets demons, magicians, and rashaka of many kinds.

At time dark and a bit disturbing The City of Death has Ash really evaluating his motivation and actions, and the decisions are not easy at any point.  A good read, the second in a series.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Meet Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock Holmes, and Evalin Stoker, sister of Bram.  The setting is an alternative London although the time is correct.  Now add in a secret cult that is trying to awaken an Egyptian goddess and you have a face paced mystery.

Using the logical explanations of Holmes and knowledge of things best not spoken of with powers that Stoker possess makes for a fast paced steam punk type novel.  The first in a series will leave you wanting more.