Two modern fantasy novellas by Annie Bellet

Justice Calling: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Book 1 and Murder of Crows: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Book 2

Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 1) by [Bellet, Annie]Murder of Crows (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 2) by [Bellet, Annie]

There is an interesting genre developing which I call modern fantasy. There are no swords or sandals, no dragons or fairies – but there are beings drawn from the many myths and legends of our world, mashed together, and set down in the twenty-first century with a unique set of life skills and problems, and magic. Fresh and interesting fiction often results. As with these.

The Twenty-Sided Sorceress is a Native American, disowned by her family, living on top of a powerful congruence of ley lines in the middle of rural USA with a small community of shapeshifters. She runs a gaming shop. It is giving away nothing you won’t learn early on to add that she is in hiding from her ex, who is a powerful demon keen to absorb her powers to add to his own. How come we never notice that the gorgeous sexy ones are demons until … ? Oh, well.

These are little books. The genre seems to lend itself to novella length work. I also enjoy the fiction of Lynne Cantwell and Melissa Bowerstock, who work in this sort of genre and at much the same length. Ghost Walk (A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Book 1) by [Bowersock, Melissa]

Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles Book 1)

Bellet has many books listed on The Zons, and is up to number 9 in this series. So if you get hooked there is plenty of material to enjoy. She describes herself as “author, gamer, nerd” – so she writes, as it were, where she lives. Presumably without the shapeshifting neighbours.

I have served my turn with Dungeons and Dragons, thrown many  dice with more than six faces, and given myself RSI playing video games. I have brought innumerable cups of tea to someone lovingly painting cold-cast metal figures with teeny-tiny brushes. It might help with the enjoyment of this series if you have also done these things, or feel you might someday do so. But the action lies outside these interests, with inexplicable forces in the wilds of America .

And there is plenty of action. The books may be short, but not a page is wasted. Bellet gets right into the action and doesn’t stop until the tale is told. There are gruesome bits; very funny bits (never easy to do well); and a bit of romance, which succeeded in that it did not make me yell ‘too much soppy kissing!’ at any point. After all, even a shapeshifter needs a mate.


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Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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