Another stunning, self-contained yarn that firmly establishes Turner in the fantasy front ranks.



The final part of this inventive and ferocious fantasy trilogy (Dragon Hunters, 2016, etc.) deftly combines characters from both previous entries—those that are still alive, anyway, and even some that weren’t.

The Augerans are ancient enemies of the Erin Elalese, who defeated them and drove them into exile hundreds of years ago. Now they're back, and they've dispatched an invasion fleet. Standing athwart the fleet’s passage to the shores of Erin Elal are the Rubyholt Isles, a maze of rocks and waterways occupied by barbaric pirate tribes. The Augerans attempt to bribe their way through. Although the fighting picks up practically from the first page, what drives the convincing and impressively sustained action sequences are the witty style, splendid minor characters, ingenious magics, and, above all, lead characters with deeply obscured motives and no reason to trust anybody else. The Storm Lady, Mazana Creed, water-mage and now undisputed ruler of the Storm Isles, who in Book 2 killed the mad god Fume and absorbed some of his powers, finds that she’s been tricked by the dead god’s priestess into becoming a blood mage—a development to which she is not averse. Romany Elivar, a priestess of the goddess Spider and who was killed in Book 1, returns; with doubled irony, she’s now posing as the priestess of a nonexistent god and occupying the body of an assassin slain in Book 2. Guardian Senar Sol, who now serves Mazana Creed while spending much time fighting with her bodyguards and mercenaries, or Revenants, suspects duplicity on the part of Avallon, the Erin Elalese emperor who sent him blindly and callously through a magic gate to the Storm Isles. Turner finishes up with some intriguing stage-setting for further installments and the prospect of even more titanic struggles.

Another stunning, self-contained yarn that firmly establishes Turner in the fantasy front ranks.

Pub Date: Sept. 20, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7653-3714-6

Page Count: 544

Publisher: Tor

Review Posted Online: Aug. 17, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2016

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A kicky, kinky, wildly inventive 21st-century mashup with franker language and a higher body count than Hamlet.

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Manic parodist Moore, fresh off a season in 1947 San Francisco (Noir, 2018), returns with a rare gift for Shakespeare fans who think A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be perfect if only it were a little more madcap.

Cast adrift by pirates together with his apprentice, halfwit giant Drool, and Jeff, his barely less intelligent monkey, Pocket of Dog Snogging upon Ouze, jester to the late King Lear, washes ashore in Shakespeare’s Athens, where Cobweb, a squirrel by day and fairy by night, takes him under her wing and other parts. Soon after he encounters Robin Goodfellow (the Puck), jester to shadow king Oberon, and Nick Bottom and the other clueless mechanicals rehearsing Pyramus and Thisby in a nearby forest before they present it in celebration of the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the captive Amazon queen who’s captured his heart, Pocket (The Serpent of Venice, 2014, etc.) finds Robin fatally shot by an arrow. Suspected briefly of the murder himself, he’s commissioned, first by Hippolyta, then by the unwitting Theseus, to identify the Puck’s killer. Oh, and Egeus, the Duke’s steward, wants him to find and execute Lysander, who’s run off with Egeus’ daughter, Hermia, instead of marrying Helena, who’s in love with Demetrius. As English majors can attest, a remarkable amount of this madness can already be found in Shakespeare’s play. Moore’s contribution is to amp up the couplings, bawdy language, violence, and metatextual analogies between the royals, the fairies, the mechanicals, his own interloping hero, and any number of other plays by the Bard.

A kicky, kinky, wildly inventive 21st-century mashup with franker language and a higher body count than Hamlet.

Pub Date: May 12, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-243402-9

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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Self-assured, entertaining debut novel that blends genres and crosses continents in quest of magic.

The world’s not big enough for two wizards, as Tolkien taught us—even if that world is the shiny, modern one of the late 19th century, with its streetcars and electric lights and newfangled horseless carriages. Yet, as first-time novelist Morgenstern imagines it, two wizards there are, if likely possessed of more legerdemain than true conjuring powers, and these two are jealous of their turf. It stands to reason, the laws of the universe working thus, that their children would meet and, rather than continue the feud into a new generation, would instead fall in love. Call it Romeo and Juliet for the Gilded Age, save that Morgenstern has her eye on a different Shakespearean text, The Tempest; says a fellow called Prospero to young magician Celia of the name her mother gave her, “She should have named you Miranda...I suppose she was not clever enough to think of it.” Celia is clever, however, a born magician, and eventually a big hit at the Circus of Dreams, which operates, naturally, only at night and has a slightly sinister air about it. But what would you expect of a yarn one of whose chief setting-things-into-action characters is known as “the man in the grey suit”? Morgenstern treads into Harry Potter territory, but though the chief audience for both Rowling and this tale will probably comprise of teenage girls, there are only superficial genre similarities. True, Celia’s magical powers grow, and the ordinary presto-change-o stuff gains potency—and, happily, surrealistic value. Finally, though, all the magic has deadly consequence, and it is then that the tale begins to take on the contours of a dark thriller, all told in a confident voice that is often quite poetic, as when the man in the grey suit tells us, “There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict.” Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings.


Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-385-53463-5

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: April 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2011

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