Search Results: "James Tarr"


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CARNIVORE by Dillard Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2013

"An aggressive, unapologetic account of one man's brutal war."
Combat tales from a tank commander-turned-sniper during the Iraq War. Read full book review >

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THRONE OF ISIS by Judith Tarr
Released: April 1, 1994

"But again she fails to breathe life into famous characters; nor does she manage to translate all that expertise into anything resembling a compelling narrative."
Returning to Egypt following her romance based on Alexander the Great's sojourn there (Lord of the Two Lands, 1992), Tarr retells the story of the historical lovers Anthony and Cleopatra and adds a fictional pair, Dione and Lucius. Read full book review >

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LADY OF HORSES by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"A lively story in the action prose of hacks (type, type, type), but Tarr's sensibility and creation of an alternate feminine mythology would make Joseph Campbell dance a jig."
Once again, Tarr (The Shepherd Kings, 1999, etc.) heads back, back, back in time to hunt for the mystical source of the horse-spirit in humankind. Read full book review >

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HIS MAJESTY'S ELEPHANT by Judith Tarr
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Entertaining fare from an author who would seem to be capable of more substantial work. (Fiction. 12+)"
The author of several fantasies and SF novels for adults sets her first YA book in Charlemagne's court in A.D. 802. Read full book review >

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WHITE MARE'S DAUGHTER by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 1998

"The author's fans (old and new) should flock to what the publisher hopes will be her breakthrough this time to a wider public."
Tarr (Queen of Swords, 1997, etc.) usually grinds out two huge historicals a year based on medieval and ancient history. Read full book review >

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QUEEN OF SWORDS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1997

"Tarr's large and devoted readership won't be disappointed."
Historical novel about Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem, by the author of King and Goddess (p. 853) and many others. Read full book review >

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PILLAR OF FIRE by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Tarr's hard-to-swallow revisionist Exodus ends up neither engaging nor persuasive."
Tarr's latest historical is again set in Egypt (Throne of Isis, 1994, etc.), this time in the reign of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, that puzzling figure who attempted to introduce monotheism to Egypt and was succeeded by the boy-king TutankhatenTutankhamon. Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE'S DAUGHTER by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"A strangely stolid tale, relieved by attention to cultural detail and rescued by the fictional characters. (2 maps, not seen)"
The Holy Roman Empire is the setting for another historical romance from Tarr (Throne of Isis, 1994, etc.), this one focusing on the Byzantine princess who ruled the empire from 983994 as regent for her son, Otto III. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE TWO LANDS by Judith Tarr
Released: March 1, 1993

"But expect no insights, accept the barely tepid romance, and be ready for a muffled, distant narrative feel."
Mainstream magical-historical romance, with major roles for Alexander the Great and his generals, from the author of two fantasy trilogies, The Hound and the Falcon and Avaryan Rising. Read full book review >

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KING AND GODDESS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An uncompelling yarn whose lifeless characters and lackluster backdrop fail to capture the spirit of singularity of the historical period: the least successful of an at best mediocre series."
Another of Tarr's historicals set in ancient Egypt (Pillar of Fire, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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KINGDOM OF THE GRAIL by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"Solid, more than a tad stolid: Tarr's historical expertise puts flesh on some rather ordinary fantasy bones."
Tarr's latest fantasy (King and Goddess, 1996, etc.) combines medieval French romances and the historical Charlemagne in a post-Arthurian yarn. Read full book review >

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KING’S  BLOOD by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"For fans of high fantasy and Arthuriana, an enchanting portrait of a land in turmoil."
Riveting 11th-century historical fantasy in which the forces of Saxon Christianity clash with those of Britain's pagan gods. An effective, standalone sequel to Rites of Conquest (2004). Read full book review >