Alex Benedict #5 Antiquarian Alex Benedict discovers a strange tablet that may be the key to decoding a mystery, but its possessor doesnt want the mystery solved. 3 stars In brief: Not the best of the series.
Time Quintet #5 Polly, a teenager staying with her grandparents, enters a gate opens to a time 3,000 years before, where Polly and her neighbour the bishop interact with the natives (who are led by a wise European). 2 stars In brief: A disappointing book.
Sword of Shadows #4 Raif Severance learns to be a Watcher of the Dead, while the clans continue their internecine struggles, and dark forces threaten. 4 stars In brief: Still exciting and fairly fresh.
Shadowmarch #4 The conclusion to Tad Williams dense Shadow series. 3 stars In brief: Much improved from book 3.
Time Quintet #4 Twins Sandy and Denny are sent back in time to live with Noah and his relatives, pre-ark. 3 stars In brief: A nice read.
Void #3 The conclusion of the Void trilogy. 3 stars In brief: A decent book, and an acceptable conclusion to the trilogy,
Shadowmarch #3 The March kingdoms are at war, and the royal Eddon family has splintered, in this continuation of Tad Williams Shadow series. 2 stars In brief: Too big an investment of time for too little return.
Magister Trilogy #3 Kamala, a magician with surprising powers, finds refuge in the north, discovering a dark, forgotten secret. 3 stars In brief: Doesn’t quite reach the same depths of darkness that are shown in the best of her prior work,
Plague of Angels #2 Xulai, the soul carrier for a foreign princess, tries to get back home from a post-apocalyptic America that is substantially covered by rising water 3 stars In brief: Good, but not Sherri Tepper’s best work.
Deepgate Codex #2 The sequel to Scar Night examines the politics and mechanisms of the hell that lies below Deepgate. 2.5 stars In brief: A reasonable if not stellar steampunk fantasy.