Fantasy Book Review: Witches In Red

Witches In Red by Barb Hendee

Céline and Amelie Fawe can see into anyone’s past and future simply by touching him. They have used their powers to secure sanctuary—and a fine apothecary’s shop—in the village around Castle Sèone. But their continued safety has a price.

Far to the north, the men of an isolated silver mining community are turning into vicious “beasts” that slaughter anyone in sight. The mines belong to the noble family of Prince Anton—ruler of Castle Sèone and Céline and Amelie’s patron—and Anton’s tyrannical father has ordered his son to solve the mystery as a test of his leadership. He has no choice but to send the witches into the perilous north to use their abilities to discover the cause of the transformations. Given how much they owe the prince, the sisters have no choice but to go.

Together with the overprotective Lieutenant Jaromir, Célene and Amelie enter the dark world of a far-off mining camp tainted by fear, mistrust, and enslavement—and haunted by men turning into massive mad wolves without warning. Now the two must draw upon strength and cunning they never thought they possessed not only to solve the mystery, but to survive.

Célene and Amelie are hired by their prince to solve a mystery for him to impress his father. Célene can see a person’s future. And Amelie can see their past. Together they for a perfect team for solving mysteries.

Witches In Red is the sequel to last year’s Mist-Torn Witches, though is a standalone story. I’m thoroughly enjoying this new fantasy series with complex characters and relationships and interesting stories. As before, there is plenty of suspense, danger, intrigue, and a bit of romance. Barb Hendee’s novels are not to be missed if you’re a fan of the fantasy genre. I can say this as I’ve read all of them (and reviewed most). This latest installment was just as exciting and unpredictable as I’d hoped. And I impatiently look forward to the next.

CW Clips: The Originals, Arrow, and Reign

The Originals – From a Cradle to a Grave Clip
Marcel will take whatever he can get to defeat Klaus. Don’t miss the season finale of The Originals tonight at 8/7c!

Arrow – Unthinkable Clip
The Foundry has been compromised! Don’t miss the epic season finale of Arrow Wednesday at 8/7c!

Reign – Slaughter of Innocence Clip
Betraying the King won’t be as easy as Francis thinks. Don’t miss the season finale of Reign Thursday at 9/8c!

Blu Ray Review: I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein

The explosive thriller takes place 200 years after Dr. Frankenstein’s shocking creation came to life. Celestial forces name the creature Adam, and arm him with weapons to defeat the demons that are constantly seeking his destruction. However, soon Adam finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity and discovers that he also holds the key that could destroy humankind.

• Audio Commentary with Co-writer/Director Stuart Beattie
• Audio Commentary with Filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide and Kevin Grevioux
• “Creating a Monster” featurette
• “Frankenstein’s Creatures” featurette

Aaron Eckhart stars as Adam, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. 200 years after his creation, he doesn’t age and he still bears scars (physical and psychological). He has an uneasy truce with the angelic gargoyles who protect humanity from demons. Adam just tries to live his life in the shadows and stay out of everyone’s way. But he’s thrust into the middle of the war between good and evil, as a demon prince seeks to discover the secrets of Dr. Frankenstein’s science.

I, Frankenstein is a fun, action-packed adventure. It didn’t get good reviews in the theater, but I was pleasantly entertained. Fans of the Underworld films should appreciate this science fiction/fantasy mash-up of gargoyles versus demons. It’s mindless entertainment that is visually stunning with some great special effects. I thoroughly enjoyed the story – mystery, suspense, action, mythology, with a little drama and even a hint of romance. And only Eckhart could make Frankenstein’s monster so easy on the eyes.


Book Giveaway: Prince of Fools

Courtesy of Ace Books, I have a copy of Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 30. I’ll draw a name on May 31, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: NEW Trailer

#DawnOfApes hits theaters everywhere on July 11, 2014, in 3D.

Release: July 11, 2014, in 3D
Director: Matt Reeves
Screenplay by: Mark Bomback and Rich Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


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