Silver Borne

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2008

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery

Series: Mercy Thompson; 5

ISBN: 9780441018192

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 342

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy is still adjusting to pack life; this is made more difficult by the fact that there are pack members who resent her becoming pack.  Additionally, she has a magical book that needs to be returned to its owner, but he can’t be found.  She also has a roommate who is in desperate need of her help and attention. Continue reading

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Daughter of Lir

By Judith Tarr

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Forge, 2001

Genres: Fantasy, historical fantasy, historical fiction

Series: Epona; 3

ISBN: 9780312876166

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 415

Setting: City of Lir, Village of Long Ford, World’s End, Sea of Grass (open steppe)

Time period: Prehistory – Neolithic time period

Plot summary: When Rhian is born to the Mother in the City of Lir, there are some priestesses who want to kill her immediately.  The portents reveal a time of destruction and evil associated with her.  Rhian escapes an early death and grows up in a small village outside of the city, listening to what the wind tells her.  When the priestesses make their rounds, choosing young women to come to the temple, they disregard Rhian and her innate abilities.  It is then that Rhian chooses a different path for herself and the White Mare chooses her.  Rhian soon finds herself on a journey to the east to meet The People of the Wind, who are travelling west and conquering all of the people whom they encounter. Continue reading

Hunting Ground

By Patricia Briggs; narrated by Holter Graham

Place: Publisher & Year: [New York]: Penguin Audio, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Format: Digital download – audio

Series: Alpha and Omega series; 2

ISBN: 9781440644634

Audience: Adult

Length: 8 hours, 25 minutes, 43 seconds

Setting: Seattle, WA (opening scene takes place in Aspen Creek, MT)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Bran, the Marrock, plans to attend a werewolf delegation in Seattle, Charles just knows that it would be a disaster for his father to be there.  Bran allows Charles and Anna to go in his place.  The delegation will allow the European werewolves to have a chance to voice their concerns prior to the Marrock’s announcement to the public about the existence of werewolves.  Charles and Anna will have their hands full during the delegation of Alpha wolves, especially after someone threatens Anna. Continue reading

Cry Wolf

By Patricia Briggs; narrated by Holter Graham

Place: Publisher & Year: [New York, N.Y.]: Penguin Group (USA), Inc., 2008

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, romance, paranormal romance

Format: Digital download – audio

Series: Alpha and Omega series; 1

ISBN: 9781429526609

Audience: Adult

Length: 10 hours, 6 minutes

Setting: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness & Aspen Creek, MT (opening scene takes place in the Chicago area)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Anna spent her first three years as a werewolf being brutalized and abused by the other wolves in her Chicago pack.  She is finally freed from her tormentors when her pack leader is killed by The Marrock’s enforcer, Charles.  Charles recognizes Anna as a rare Omega wolf – someone who can bring peace and healing to others wolves even while she is wounded.  Charles’s wolf also recognizes Anna’s wolf – as his mate.  Will Anna’s wolf recognize his? Continue reading

Howl’s Moving Castle

By Diana Wynne Jones

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Harper Trophy, c1986, 2001

Genres: Fantasy, steampunk

Series: Howl’s Moving Castle; 1

ISBN: 9780064410342

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 329

Setting: Market Chipping, Porthaven, and Kingsbury, Ingary & Wales

Time period: No stated time period in Ingary.  The Wales setting is a contemporary time.

Plot summary: Sophie Hatter was born the eldest of three – a terrible misfortune in Ingary.  While her younger sisters are sent off to learn magic and baking, Sophie is destined to run the family hat store.  That is, until the Witch of the Waste enters the store one day and lays a curse upon Sophie.  Sophie soon discovers that she has been transformed into an old woman.  To undo the curse, Sophie must leave the hat store and find someone willing to help her, but she won’t be able to speak of the curse. Continue reading

Greywalker

By Kat Richardson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, c2006, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, vampire, mystery, suspense, thriller

Series: Greywalker series; 1

ISBN: 9780451461322

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 352

Setting: Seattle, WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Harper Blaine is a small time private investigator who had an extremely nasty encounter with a man she was investigating.  He attacked her and she died – for two minutes.  Following her return to the living, things just haven’t been the same for Harper.  Even after most of the bruises have faded, she just doesn’t feel right.  Things get really foggy at times, she gets vertigo, and she keeps seeing strange things and encountering scary situations.  She has become a Greywalker – someone who can move into the Grey, a place where this world overlaps with another.  Luckily for Harper, she is put in contact with a couple who can help her deal with her situation, if she lets them.  Unfortunately, she still has to work and her jobs have taken a much darker turn. Continue reading

Water Witches

By Chris Bohjalian

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Simon & Schuster, c1995, 1997

Genre: General fiction, eco-fiction

Series: Hardscrabble Books –fiction of New England published by University Press of New England

ISBN: 9780684826127

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 340

Setting: Central Vermont

Time period: mid 1990s

Plot summary: Scott Winston works as a lawyer for the ski industry in rural Vermont.  He is also a member of a family of dowsers – or water witches – (by marriage), who have lived in the area for generations.  When a severe drought hits Vermont as a ski resort is trying to expand, Scottie finds himself at the center of an environmental conflict framed as jobs vs. the environment.  This would not be a new situation for him except that he and his nine year old daughter, Miranda, have witnessed something so rare that it completely changes his perspective on life. Continue reading