Search Results: "Sage Blackwood"


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MISS ELLICOTT'S SCHOOL FOR THE MAGICALLY MINDED by Sage Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"Chantel is a magical heroine to be celebrated, deportment notwithstanding. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Owl's bowels! Someone's kidnapped the sorceresses of Lightning Pass! Read full book review >

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BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Readers will be lost, indeed. (Speculative fiction. 13 & up)"
The only mystery here is how one of America's oldest unsolved events—the Lost Colony of Roanoke—becomes tedious in this piece of speculative fiction. Read full book review >

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JINX'S FIRE by Sage Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"A solid conclusion to a trilogy that, though overcrowded and about a half volume too long, is nonetheless threaded with proper amounts of heroism, humor and ingenious twists of character. (map, not seen) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Multiple threats to his beloved Urwald send tree whisperer Jinx down magical Paths of Ice and Fire in this populous closer. Read full book review >

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JINX'S MAGIC by Sage Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Typical of middle volumes: much backing and forthing to not enough purpose. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
It's hard not to like a fantasy that is set in an argumentative magical forest, but Blackwood squanders the promise of her debut (Jinx, 2013) with a sequel that just spins its wheels. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Unsurprisingly, Jinx displays hints of developing powers beyond the ordinary. Astonishingly, he and his world still seem fresh, for all that they echo familiar tropes. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Making unusually entertaining use of well-worn elements, this series opener plops a dense but promising young wizard-in-training between a pair of obnoxious rival mages. Read full book review >

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"Esparza-Harris's approach is a bit heavy-handed at times, but readers will appreciate Sage's foibles nonetheless. (YA)"
A capable if limited story of pre-teen self-discovery. Read full book review >

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ALGERNON BLACKWOOD by Mike Ashley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Blackwood comes across as a breath of fresh—if bizarre and spooky—air, an unfettered character that Ashley captures well but thankfully doesn't tether."
British Mammoth anthologist Ashley (The Mammoth Book of Fantasy, p. 1252, etc.) resurrects the wildly creative Algernon Blackwood, a master of dread and the spine-shudder. Read full book review >

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BLACKWOOD FARM by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2002

"With a little nip in the night, Anne's fangs offer us the Dark Gift."
The Vampire Chronicles Annual Rice Report on vampirism in Louisiana (Blood and Gold, 2001, etc.) finds Queen Anne's tiara firmly in place for a sweeping plot. Read full book review >

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THE SAGE by Christopher Stasheff
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Stasheff fans will doubtless take pleasure in the details, but readers seeking more realistic, less formulaic fantasy will do much better elsewhere."
In The Shaman (1995), the first in the author's new series, a big, kindly clansman by the name of Ohaern defeated the bad god Ulahane; his reward was 500 years of sensual bliss in the arms of the beautiful goddess Rahani. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1993

"By focusing on Adams's retirement, Ellis doesn't achieve the sweep of a full biography—but he's able to capture the man's appealing spirit, providing new perspective on an unfairly neglected Founding Father. (Photographs)"
In a meditative and discursive essay (mostly about its subject's long retirement), Ellis (History/Mount Holyoke; After the Revolution, 1979) ponders the distinctive personality and achievements of America's endearingly cantankerous second President. Read full book review >

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TEXAS! SAGE by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Damn, Sage'' ain't for everyone."
Cowboys, horses and tough-talking blondes duke it out in this feisty conclusion to former television weatherperson Brown's lowbrow TEXAS! trilogy—this featuring the spoiled youngest daughter of the Dallas-like Tyler clan and her passionate search for love. Read full book review >

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SKELETONS IN PURPLE SAGE by Barbara Burnett Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 29, 2002

"Like Diane's living-room floor, the unusual murder motive is inundated by Jolie's periodic bouts of guilt and Smith's tendency to overexplain them."
Jolie Wyatt (Mistletoe in Purple Sage, 1997, etc.) is giving a party for two of her favorite people: her friend Beverly Kendall, returning to the little Texas town of Purple Sage after an ugly divorce, and her hero Dr. Bill Marchak, retiring from the hospital. Read full book review >