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Barb Hendee

by Sharon Tucker


The Dark Mirror series by Barb Hendee delivers in terms of intriguing and well-developed characters, complex plots, and the creation of a believable world. This is certainly true with her newest, A Choice of Secrets (2018), where the younger daughter of White Deer Lodge sees something happen that she should not have seen, and then has knowledge of a secret that will dramatically affect her family and their future alliances.

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by Sharon Tucker


How pleasant it is to spend a bit of time in a world without our 21st century distractions of social media, IT, traffic jams, and cell phones. Welcome back to the medieval world of Barb Hendee’s Dark Glass fantasies.

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by Sharon Tucker


Ever wonder how different your life would be had you made a different choice at a pivotal time? This second book in Barb Hendee’s Dark Glass series, A Choice of Crowns (2018) involves how the enchanted mirror, which readers encountered in Through a Glass Darkly (2017) affects Olivia Geroux, soon to marry King Rowan of Partheny.

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by Sharon Tucker


Medieval fantasy fiction is satisfying on so many levels. Informed readers already have a broad base to draw on picturing the world of these novels, and although historically speaking, cultures vary slightly according to national and historical dictate one finds a through line of what we like to imagine about the times: chivalric behavior and great potential for honorable behavior on every page.

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by Cynthia Chow,
Sandra Murphy, Terrance Mc Arthur, & Lorie Lewis Ham


Once again another year has ended, and we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2017. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5 favorite books they reviewed in 2017 (well some of them may fudge on that a bit).

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by Terrance McArthur


Mari, of a wandering clan, can turn feline. She wants revenge on the man who unleashed ghosts that killed her family and kinfolk. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris was born dead, but lived. Now, he can battle and banish ghosts. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris and Mari were made for each other.

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by KRL Staff


Once again another year has ended, and we take a look back at the many books reviewed in KRL. Each of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5 favorite books they reviewed in 2016. Usually I include myself in this list, but to my surprise I found that I have reviewed very few books this year.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Celine and Amelie are Mist-Torn Witches, sisters with paired powers. Hold Celine’s hand and she can see into your future. Holding Amelie’s hand reveals your past. If their stories were made into a movie, the theme song should be the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Celine runs an apothecary and herb shop under the protection of Prince Anton, who is sweet on Celine and uses the psychic siblings to solve mysteries.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Celine and Amelie are sisters, close but different. Amelie is a fighter, can’t stand dresses, cuts her hair short, and (if she touches your hand), she can see your past. Celine, the older one, is a healer who knows a lot about plants, and touching your hand shows her your future. Their part-gypsy heritage has made them Mist-Torn Witches, and “Witches with the Enemy” is their third series book penned by Barb Hendee.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Barb Hendee has written some of my favorite fantasy books. She and her husband, J. C. Hendee, have written one of the larger sets of fantasy novels, the Noble Dead series, and the thirteenth ND book, First and Last Sorcerer, has just been released.

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Best Books of 2014

IN THE December 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andEvery Other Book,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Staff



Another year is coming to a close and the main reviewers of KRL have been asked to pick their top 5 books of 2014, but most of us couldn’t keep it to 5! Let us know if you have a few we haven’t mentioned you’d like to share about in the comments, and while you are here check KRL’s book review section for many more great books that may not have made it on the list!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


The first book in Barb Hendee’s Mist-Torn Witches series introduced the Fawe sisters, Céline and Amelie. Céline, an apothecary who was trained in herbal lore by her Gypsy mother, could touch a hand and see the future; Amelie’s touch revealed the past. Together, they helped Prince Anton stop the plans of his brother to succeed their father as Prince of the land.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



There are two books in Barb & J. C. Hendee’s twelfth Noble Dead horror-tinged fantasy A Wind in the Night, and they happen at the same time. One book involves a wild-haired sage named Wynn going to a remote castle with a vampire she really likes, an assassin-elf who doesn’t “assas” any more (and the she-sage used to really like him…but she is confused by changes in his character), a wolf-dog (who is Fay on the inside), and a “sageling” who doesn’t want to go back to the castle where he grew up.

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by KRL Reviewers


KRL reviewed a lot of really good and great books in 2013, but we decided to give our best shot at choosing our top 5 of the year–some of us cheated a little, but here are our choices! And if you are an author who is not on the list, take heart–like I said, they were all good books!

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by Terrance V. Mc Arthur



This week we have some vampire reading suggestions for your Spring reading–In Blood We Trust by Christine Cody & In Memories We Fear by Barb Hendee.

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