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Death of an Empire by M K Hume

review by Lauren Schroder Death of an Empire is the second book in M.K. Hume’s Prophecy series. Myrddion Emrys (later Merlinus) desires to find his parentage and leaves Cymru and travels through the crumbling Roman Empire of Gaul and Italia. His journey of discovery places him and his band of loyal companions in great danger. His healing trade is tested to the limit at various battles between Attila the Hun and the Western Roman Empire….

Answering my critics on diversity

I was told today that I should take responsibility for promoting diversity in Victoria’s science fiction and fantasy community. Update Straight white male objected to my post commenting that only two women and one non-white male were nominated out of nine categories of Chronos Awards this year. Straight white male told me that I should do more to promote diversity in the awards. After this post listing things I did in 2013 to promote…

Lord of Slaughter by M D Lachlan

a review by Lauren Schroder The title Lord of Slaughter seems quite ominous and might put off certain readers of the ‘Historic Fiction/Fantasy’ genre. However the novel itself is mostly tamer than the paperback publication jacket suggests. This book does delve into supernatural themes, especially the occult, which might not be appropriate for every reader. The later part of the novel is almost entirely occupied with old Norse mythology which…

Seven Princes by John R. Fultz

Books of the Shaper volume 1 a review by Lauren Schroder Seven Princes is the first of the Books of the Shaper, a high fantasy epic. D’zan, a youth of 16 is the only son of King Trimesqua of Yaskatha. Tragedy strikes for the young Prince when his father is brutally murdered by Elhathym, who is a highly powerful sorcerer and necromancer. In a cruel twist of fate the ancestors of Yaskatha are brought back to life by this evil necromancer and…

Army of the Undead by Stuart Daly

The Witch Hunter Chronicles a review by Lauren Schroder In the Army of the Undead, Jakob von Drachenfels is back in book two as a fully fledged member of the Hexenjager (a military force of the Catholic Church tasked with the duty of maintaining the safety of the Holy Roman Empire against the evil hordes of Satan and his minions,) due to his exploits in Schloss Kriegsberg in book one. Jakob is sent on a mission of utmost importance with the…

Rebel by Jack Whyte

a review by Lauren Schroder Rebel is suitable for adult readership. Children should not be allowed to read it due to the fact that some things are described in the book that are too adult for them to understand and could scare them. Before the book begins the author discusses his trepidation about writing a series on William Wallace for two reasons. One: William Wallace seems to be part of the popular imagination about the downtrodden Scottish…

Empire of the Saviours by AJ Dalton

a review by Lauren Schroder The publisher says: “In the Empire of the Saviours the People are forced to live in fortified towns. Their walls are guarded by an army of Heroes, whose task is to keep marauding pagans out as much as it is to keep the People inside. Several times a year, living Saints visit the towns to exact the Saviours’ tithe from all those coming of age – a tithe often paid in blood. “When a young boy,…

Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader

a review by Lauren Schroder Bourne is back in this fast-paced action thriller that will keep you turning the pages desperate to know what happens in this book. The Bourne Dominion’s plot focusses on the global villains and Islamic extremists, the Severus Domna, who have decided to focus their attention on taking down America which Bourne has to prevent with the assistance of an unlikely ally. The revised Treadstone is being set-up to…

Empire of the Moghul: The tainted throne by Alex Rutherford

Empire of the Moghul book four a review by Lauren Schroder Published by Headline. The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford is the fourth and final installment of the Empire of the Moghul series. This book is set in the 1600s with a refreshing look at history in this age not from an Anglo-Saxon viewpoint. It was very interesting to read The tainted throne and understand about the often savage battles for the Moghul throne and the uneasy alliances…