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Matthew CookMatthew Cook lives in Ohio. Blood Magic is his first nove. Here’s his blog.

Ballad of Kirin Widowmaker

Ballad of Kirin Widowmaker — (2007-2008) Publisher: Her sister was murdered, and Kirin hungers for revenge. Using the power of her “blood magic,” the young necromancer creates grotesque and inhumanly strong creatures by calling men’s souls back into their dead bodies. These “sweetlings,” as she calls them, are utterly devoted to her, and Kirin cherishes them as if they were her own children. But while fighting a bloody war against a relentless enemy, she meets Lia Cho, a beautiful and gentle woman who can call the power of storms… and soon, Kirin learns that there is more to life than pain and vengeance.

Matthew Cook Ballad of Kirin Widowmaker 1. Blood Magic 2. Nights Of Sin Matthew Cook Ballad of Kirin Widowmaker 1. Blood Magic 2. Nights Of Sin 

Nights of Sin: A trip through the darker avenues of magic

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Nights of Sin by Matthew Cook

First, a confession: I haven't actually read Blood Magic, the novel that precedes Nights of Sin. However, kudos to Matthew Cook for never letting me get lost. Everything I needed to know was provided to me, and in a way that flowed naturally with the story rather than feeling infodumpy.

Nights of Sin begins with a harrowing description of Kirin, the heroine, attempting to shepherd her lover, Lia, safely through a dangerous blizzard. Kirin is a necromancer who has vowed to renounce her powers, and this is the first of many crises that will test her resolve.

Upon reaching the Imperial City, Kirin and Lia face new problems. The city is under siege by the terrifying Mor, a race of six-limbed, telepathic creatures of superhuman size and strength. Kir... Read More

Magazine Monday: Interzone, Issue 239

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Interzone is a British science fiction and fantasy magazine that’s been around since 1982. It’s expensive as SF magazines go for American readers, but Interzones great fiction and detailed movie, television and book reviews are worth the expense. After a period of relative penury has eased somewhat, I’ve subscribed again, and I’m greatly enjoying some very good fiction.

One of the strongest stories in the most recent issue (#239) is “Tangerine Nectarine Clementine Apocalypse” by Suzanne Palmer, a hard science fiction story that starts out sounding like a fantasy. It takes some time before the reader places the fruit stand at which most of the events of the story take place on a generation ship instead of a far distant planet. The ship is called Utopia, and no payment is exchanged for goods. The boy, Echa, believes in what his government teaches,... Read More