The second in the Magisterium series of YA fantasy novels, The Copper Gauntlet continues the secret war of its teenage mages against a megalomaniacal necromancer.
The Copper Gauntlet returns us to the world of the Magisterium mage school and the continuing adventures of Call Hunt and his friends. When we last left Call he had just discovered that he is the reincarnation of chaos mage the Enemy of Death, and after Call’s father steals a magical artefact that can destroy anything infused with chaos magic, Call is unsure whether or nor not his intention is to save him or kill him. Read the rest here.
When We Were Animals is a coming of age drama about a teenage girl trying to fit in with her friends in the supernaturally tainted town where they’re growing up. It was a bit pretentious and really not all that good. And despite the implication of the opening paragraph below, it’s nothing to do with werewolves.
The small town of Pale Miranda has a secret. Every full moon the teenagers go all call of the wild and riot naked through the town and the surrounding woods. Known as breaching, it’s seen as a rite of passage for all local young people. The awkward and isolated Lumen is sure she will never breach, nor experience the animalistic side of her peers. Read the rest here.
The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane is a lavish and lurid space opera of short but intense stories mixing pulp sci-fi with garish fantasy, all told in Baroque artwork. It’s pure ’70s and utterly glorious.
6 Voyages begins with space traveller Sloane being chosen by a sentient throne and taken to the mad priests of a dormant deity, where an experiment gone wrong imbues him with phenomenal cosmic power and accompanying madness, so beginning a ceaseless journey across the universe and encounters with the bizarre entities populating it. Read the rest here.
Demon Road is a new young adult novel from Skulduggery Pleasant author Derek Landy. Mixing horror and fantay with a touch of teenage angst, it’s a never-ending road trip of legends, monsters and yes, demons. I enjoyed it.
Amber is not having a good day. First: she’s just found out that her parents are demons, and so is she. Second: they and their friends are going to kill and devour her to absorb her demonic energy as they have been doing with all their previous children over the last century. To escape she goes on the run aided by mysterious driver Milo, who may or may not be the manifestation of an urban legend, and Glen, a talkative and slightly annoying young Irish man doomed by a death curse. Together they travel the Demon Road, a metaphysical highway linking the supernatural underworld that hides in plain sight throughout the dark heart of America. Read the rest here.
Skin is a fantasy set in Brythonic times about a young girl becoming a woman and who may be also the reincarnation of a tribal godess
The seamless weaving of the historical with the fictional and the fantastical is what gives the story its magic, and the equal importance placed in all aspects of it mean that it feels just as natural for Ailia to giggle about boys with her friends as it does for her to hold the attention of earth goddesses. Read the rest here.
Season two of of fantasy web series Caledonia takes us back into the supernatural underworld of Glasgow where an endritch plague unleashed threatens human and fae alike. The review is here.
Marked is the first in a fantasy series featuring demonic politics and power struggles. Fun, but nothing distinctive.
Professional psychic Lucky de Salle is having a bad week. Not only has a routine ghost banishing job put her in the path of an immortal assassin, but now her lifelong ghost girl companion Kayla has been summoned back to the Underlands, the world of demons – sorry, daemons – where Lucky ends up embroiled in a power struggle for the king’s throne. Read the rest here.