Search Results: "Martha Wells"


BOOK REVIEW

EMILIE & THE HOLLOW WORLD by Martha Wells
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Running away from home never sounded so good, especially when it involves stowing away on a ritzy, cloaked-in-magic ship. Read full book review >

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THE SHIPS OF AIR by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2004

"Agreeably exciting and involving, if not particularly surprising: stay tuned."
Second installment in Wells's trilogy (The Wizard Hunters, 2003), set in a universe where magic, alchemy, and engineering all work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEEL OF THE INFINITE by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2000

"What more do you need?"
Another mind-stretching fantasy from Wells (The Death of the Necromancer, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GATE OF GODS by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A yarn borne aloft by its well-above-average characters, including an appealingly brave, flawed heroine, with a plot that merely trudges along. In then end, a trilogy that promised more than it delivered."
In this final installment of the trilogy (The Ships of Air, 2004, etc.), the land of Ile-Rien has been invaded by the Gardier, wizards who derive their invincible powers from crystals inside which the souls of sorcerers are trapped. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF THE NECROMANCER by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 10, 1998

"Splendid plotting and characters and agreeably varied magics; not as compellingly original as City of Bones (1995), but thoroughly engaging nonetheless."
Sequel to The Element of Fire (not reviewed), its backdrop resembling a 19th-century Paris that within living memory was occupied by the Unseelie Court. Read full book review >

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THE WIZARD HUNTERS by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 20, 2003

"Wrenches the Valiarde saga into a whole new dimension of wonder, tension, and excitement."
First of a new trilogy and sequel to The Death of the Necromancer (1998), set in a world where magic and alchemy both work. Read full book review >

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CITY OF BONES by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A bravura performance, to which no summary can do justice: compellingly plotted, stunningly original in concept, and glowing with utterly convincing detail."
In Wells's new fantasy (The Element of Fire, 1993, not seen), the Ancient Mages nearly destroyed the world with flame and lava a thousand years ago, leaving a vast desert of rock and sand dotted with mysterious jutting Remnants. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Blade Singer by Aaron De Orive
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"A sophisticated, tightly paced YA swashbuckler."
In Wells (Stories of the Raksura, 2015, etc.) and De Orive's (SHARD RPG Basic Compendium, 2009) YA fantasy, a teenager travels to a volatile, magical realm populated by elves and trolls and featuring an enchanted blade.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE! by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Absolutely enchanting—a must-have for the new-sibling shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sophie, the spirited mouse toddler, is back—navigating sisterhood with mischief and delight. Read full book review >

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FELIX STANDS TALL by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Concise and kid-appropriate language combines with darling drawings (who can resist cute little guinea pigs?) for another feather in Wells' literary cap. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sweet little story about the power of friendship and learning to stand up—to anyone! Read full book review >

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MAX & RUBY AT THE WARTHOGS' WEDDING by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"The winning illustrations and lighthearted storytelling that made Max and Ruby such a hit are on display; unfortunately, the gimmick distracts from them. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Max accidentally loses the Warthogs' wedding ring, a treasure hunt ensues, with Ruby leading the way. Read full book review >

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TIME-OUT FOR SOPHIE by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2013

"Readers will clamor for more of the irrepressible Sophie, while parents will secretly smile—sheer delight. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Sophie gleefully makes mischief until Granny cleverly responds in this soon-to-be favorite about the joys of raising (and being) a toddler. Read full book review >