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Alison SinclairDr. Alison Sinclair is a biochemist. She lives in Montreal and “writes science fiction with a medical and bioscience bent.” Darkborn is her first fantasy novel. Learn more about her other works at her website.


Darkborn — (2009-2011) Publisher: A new romantic fantasy of magic, manners, and espionage that is also a “fast-paced thriller” (Carol Berg). For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting. When Darkborn physician Balthasar Hearne finds a pregnant fugitive on his doorstep just before sunrise, he has no choice but to take her in. Tercelle Amberley’s betrothed is a powerful Darkborn nobleman, but her illicit lover came to her through the daytime. When she gives birth to twin boys, they can see, something unheard of among the Darkborn. When men come for the boys, Balthasar is saved by the intervention of his Lightborn neighbor — and healed by the hands of his wife, Telmaine. Soon he finds himself drawn deeper into political intrigue and magical attacks, while Telmainemust confront a power she can no longer keep sheathed in gloves, a power she neither wants nor can control.

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Darkborn: A solid fantasy debut

Darkborn by Alison Sinclair

Like most veteran readers, I know to take the author endorsements on the front of a book with a sizable grain of salt. Among other things, they're often taken slightly out of context. I had to relearn that lesson recently when I picked up a copy of Darkborn by Alison Sinclair and saw a cover quote from Carol Berg. My inner fangirl, whom I keep tied up and gagged somewhere down in the dark pits of my black, cranky reader heart was unable to resist. The cover art didn't help matters, because it's jawdroppingly gorgeous. Why can't we have more of this?... So I gave in and bought Darkborn.

Darkborn plays on the theme of light and darkness and, so too will my review, because Darkborn has just as much darkness as it does light in term... Read More

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Legacies — (1995) Publisher: Five generations after their ancestors had accidentally destroyed their home planet and fled to another world, Lian D’Halldt, Daisainia Travassa, and the other outcasts prepare to return to the lost world.fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

Blueheart — (1996) Publisher: Of all the worlds discovered by star-wandering humanity, Blueheart with its endless, storm-tossed seas is the most beautiful. And the most doomed. Plans are already being made to terraform the planet into another Earth. But deep under the floating forests, the renegade Adaptive–the planet’s first colonists–have another dream: the creation of a new aquatic human subspecies. As their struggle erupts into violence, Rache is called back to the seas, where he must choose between his humanity and his world.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsCavalcade — (1998) Publisher: Having taken up the aliens’ invitation to travel to a better world, the assembled humans find themselves in an enormous edifice where anything electronic is broken into dust and having lost two hours of their lives. Soon they realize that the ship itself is an alien life form.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsThrone Price — (2003) With Lynda Williams.  Publisher: In the far reaches of space the descendants of humanity have evolved into two vastly different cultures. On the planet Rire, the Reetions use computer technology to ensure comfort and equality for all. On Gelion, genetically modified Sevolites adhere to a strict ­hierarchy based on racial purity and ones ability to wield a sword. As war threatens to destroy both worlds, two men, Erien of Rire and Amel of Gelion, attempt to preserve the fragile peace. Together they hope to unravel the complex web of intrigues and ancient hatred that threatens to destroy ­humanity itself. This is book four of the Okal Rel Saga, a massive ten part epic, of love, war, betrayal, and hope.