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Black Magic Sanction – Spotlight & Review


Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Format:Hardcover

Published:February 23, 2010

Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10: 0061138037
ISBN – 13: 9780061138034

Book Description:

“In New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s most complex and nuanced adventure yet, bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan fights a deadly battle-mind, body, and soul

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter-and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment-at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.

It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.”

My Thoughts:

I was sucked in to this book of Rachel Morgan’s journey in The Hollows Series like a leaf into a tornado! Mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down! Really, I carted my book around like it was an extension of my hand for two days until I finished it.

Rachel goes through and grows through a whole heck of a lot of inner turmoil and outer ones as well. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I fell in love with the characters all over again! So many awesome characters: Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, Biz, Al, Pierce, Trent, Lee, and just as many excellent villans: Nick, Brooke, Vivienne, Oliver, and Newt. Ahhh… I wish I had time to read it again right now. Yes, it was that good!

Kim Harrison not only weaves a spectacular tale, she weaves a spell that you never want to end filled with magic, mayhem, rich characters and amazing plots and pacing. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I can’t find any info about the next book, but I see in her FAQ’s that she has 12 to 13 books planned, so I’m stoked about that. 🙂

    

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Find out more about Kim Harrison and her books at her website.

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February 28, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

EOS Book Giveaway


EOS/Harpercollins has generously offered up 6 books  to celebrate the upcoming release of Kim Harrison’s Black Magic Sanction, (Feb 23rd), the recently released Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat, (Jan 26th), and Robin Hobb’s Dragon Keeper, (Jan 26th), I have 2 copies of each book to giveaway! Here’s a bit about each book:

Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061138037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061138034
  • Book Description:
    “Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

    Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.
    It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.”

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    Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061976016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061976018
  • Book Description:

    “There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.

    London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives the orb, the scepter, and an arsenal of bloodstained weaponry. If Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there’s the small matter of the undead to take care of first. Demons stalk the crown, and political ambitions have unleashed ravening hordes of zombies even within the nobility itself.

    But rather than dreams of demon hunting, Queen Victoria’s thoughts are occupied by Prince Albert. Can she dedicate her life to saving her country when her heart belongs elsewhere? With lashings of glistening entrails, decapitations, zombies, and foul demons, this masterly new portrait will give a fresh understanding of a remarkable woman, a legendary monarch, and quite possibly the best demon hunter the world has ever seen.”

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    Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061561622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061561627
  • Book Description:

    “For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at sea-to find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species. But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

    But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage-or die along the river’s acidic muddy banks. To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories.

    To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader’s wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them.

    Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River-an extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.”

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    GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

    Open to USA only. Leave a comment telling me which book you would prefer and why that’s the genre you like the most. (+1 entry)

    For extra entries:

    • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
    • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments. (+2 entries)
    • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. (+? entries, insert however many links you’ve done) 
    • Contest is open to USA only and will run through February 21st until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on Feb 22nd. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

    February 13, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, New Book Releases, New Releases, Spotlight On..., Uncategorized, Upcoming Releases | , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

    Winner – Night’s Pleasure & Releases


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    Late again, that’s me! Sorry, the day got away from me. Without further delay… the random number generator picked #1, Crystal B! Please send me your snail mail addy at sidhevicious@shaw.ca so I can forward it to Amanda Ashley.

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    I’d like to thank Amanda Ashley for supplying the signed copy of her book, Night’s Pleasure, to the winner. 🙂 Also, a huge thanks to all the entrants. If I don’t hear back from the winner in 5 days, I’ll be drawing a new winner.

     

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    In other news, a few books came out today that I want to mention. (I’m wayyyy behind on posting releases.)

    a-rush-of-wings Adrian Phoenix’s, A Rush Of Wings is now available in mass market, so now you have no excuses to go out and buy a copy! It’s the first book in The Maker’s Song series.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    deader-still2 Anton Strout’s, Deader Still was released yesterday. Simon Canderous’s adventures continue in this, the second book in the series.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    roadtripotld Mark Henry’s, Road Trip Of The Living Dead is also now on the shelves. Amanda Feral continues her tale in this second installment of the series.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    wwbc1 Kim Harrison’s – White Witch, Black Curse has finally hit the shelves! Rachel Morgan’s adventures in The Hollows continue in this, the 7th book in the series.

     

    February 25, 2009 Posted by | New Releases, Winners | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

    News Around The UF/PR Community


    Jennifer Rardin’s fourth book in the Jaz Parks series, BITTEN TO DEATH was released yesterday ( August 12th ). If you’ve had your head in the sand and somehow haven’t managed to come across this series, I highly recommend them. Here’s a blurb from this book… ( From The Publisher)

    “Jaz Parks here. My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking up its splendor, I’m here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust. Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward “The Raptor” Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA’s number one assassin who also happens to be my boss.

    The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl’s former Trust. Unfortunately the Trust’s new leader has her own plans.

    This job is going to be the death of me.”

    These books can be read as stand alone and you will have no problems following the story, but It’s also much more gratifying if you read from the first book because you’re that much more invested in the characters. That’s just my opinion though.

    Here’s the awesome cover of Adrian Phoenix’s second book IN THE BLOOD, which is being released December 30th, 2008 according to Amazon and Chapters. Put it in your wishlist’s or pre-order it, I have!

    I’m really looking forward to this book as it continues the story of Heather and Dante as well as all the great characters from the first book A RUSH OF WINGS. I’m not sure if the series has a name yet, but it is a series. I just heard recently that Adrian has been contracted to write books 3 and 4. A Huge big congrats to you Adrian!! I can’t wait to read them. 🙂

     

     

    In other news, I’ve just heard that Kim Harrison, author of The Hollows/Rachel Morgan books, has a new Young Adult book coming out in May 2009 called ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY.  You can get a taste of it in the Prom Nights from Hell anthology. I can’t find a cover for it, but will keep you all updated as I find out more.

    AMBERKATZE is having a contest to win a copy of Jocelyn Drake’s Nightwalker.

    VAMPIRE WIRE is having a contest to win a copy of Carolyn Jewel’s My Wicked Enemy.

    And last but not least, you have until Friday, Aug. 15th to ENTER my contest to win a signed copy of Rachel Caine’s Gale Force!

    August 13, 2008 Posted by | Sidhe's News & Updates | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment