Not-Quite-Recommendations and Reviews

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I don’t believe in recommendations, as a good book for me might not be a good book for someone else, so I never consider a book to be something I’d recommend to everyone. These are the books that come closest to that, and I have them sorted into several categories. There can be category overlap, but at this point I am only placing a book in one categories


These are books that just really resonated with me, that touched on the things that always – or almost always – speak to me. Often, they are books that I like more the longer I think about them. They are liable to cross any genre I will read, even if it is one I will rarely take the chance on. Because of why and how I like these books, they might have other elements in them that I didn’t enjoy, or even disliked, but I still love them for how they resonated with me.

The Last Herald-Mage (Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, Magic’s Price) by Mercedes Lackey

The Stars Wait Not by Anne Wheeler

Wistful Ascending by JCM Berne

Children of the Nexus (Between Starfalls, Let Loose the Fallen) by S. Kaeth

The Coming of Áed (The Wild Court) by E.G. Radcliff

Persuader by Amy Campbell

The Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce


These are books that stir challenging thoughts, that provoke considerations of things that interest me from angles that I might not have found on my own. There is generally a great deal of overlap between this and the previous category, with most Resonance titles having a touch of the Provocative, and most Provocative titles having some Resonance, but it is not a strict correlation. These books might even be almost opposed, in one way or another, to the general trend of my thought and world-view, but I enjoy them for the thought and feeling they hold. These, too, can be outside my usual genres.

Obsidian: Awakening by Sienna Frost

The Empire Series (Empire’s Legacy, Empire’s Bard, Empire’s Heir) by Marian L Thorpe

The Sword in the Street by CM Caplan

Demon Storm (The Birth of the Storm) by Valerie Storm


These are books I probably read more for a combination eye-catching and immersive world-building and immersive or vibrant characters, with some leaning more one way, some more another way! They can overlap to some degree with the other categories, but since these are “escapist” reads they won’t be very dark and they are unlikely to be very provocative. These are likely to be exclusively fantasy, with dragons being a recurrent theme.

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums, Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon, Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, Dragonsdawn, Sky Dragons)

Dragon Spirits (The Iron Crown) by L.L. MacRae

Sovereigns of Bright and Shadow (Deathborn, Brightling, Sovereigns) by C.E. Page

That will do for now. There will be changes.



Note: I sort by first name first, so look for authors by first name, not last.

Amy Campbell:

Breaker (Tales of the Outlaw Mages, #1)

Effigest (Tales of the Outlaw Mages, #2)

Dreamer (Tales of the Outlaw Mages, #3)

Anne McCaffrey:

Dragonsdawn (The Dragonriders of Pern)

Anne Wheeler:

The Stars Wait Not (The Star Realms Saga, #1)

Asrian Skies (Shadows of War, #1)

ARK Horton:

Struggling with the Current (The Telverin Trilogy, #1)

Flirting with the Tempest (The Telverin Trilogy, #2)

Racing with the Serpent (The Telverin Trilogy, #3)

Azshure L. Krauch:

The 13th Zodiac, #1

Beth Hudson:

Goldsong (The Sagathas Bard, #1)

Bruce Coville

Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1)

Bjørn Larssen:

Children (The Ten Worlds, #1)

CE Page:

Deathborn (Sovereigns of Bright and Shadow, #1)

Brightling (Sovereigns of Bright and Shadow, #2)

Sovereigns (Sovereigns of Bright and Shadow, #3)

C.J. Brightley:

Things Unseen (A Long-Forgotten Song, #1)

The Dragon’s Tongue (A Long-Forgotten Song, #2)

C.M. Caplan:

The Sword in the Street

EG Radcliff:

The Hidden King (The Coming of Áed, #1)

The Last Prince (The Coming of Áed, #2)

The Wild Court (The Coming of Áed, #3)

Erika McCorkle:

Merchants of Knowledge and Magic (Merchants of the Pentagonal Dominion, #1)

E.L. Haines:

Stranger Back Home (Fantastic Stranger, #1)

G.K. Chesterton:

The Man Who Was Thursday

Hafsah Faizal:

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

JCM Berne:

Wistful Ascending (The Hybrid Helix, #1)

Julia Witmer:

A Wilted Willow (Old Review)

Julie Boglisch:

Demon’s Song (Requiem of Stone, #1)

Laken Honeycutt:

The Chrysillium Tree

L.L. MacRae:

The Iron Crown (Dragon Spirits, #1)

Marian L. Thorpe:

Empire’s Legacy (Empire’s Daughter, Empire’s Hostage, Empire’s Exile)

Empire’s Bard (Oraiáphon, Empire’s Reckoning)

Mckayla Eaton:

Black Smoke (Old Review)

McKenzie Austin

Followed By Fire (The Incineration Saga, #1)

Mercedes Lackey:

Magic’s Pawn (The Last Herald-Mage, #1)

Magic’s Promise (The Last Herald-Mage, #2)

Meredith Ann Pierce:

Birth of the Firebringer (The Firebringer Trilogy, #1)

Michelle Quirke:

The Fires of Treason (Old Review)

Embers of Fate (The Fires of Treason, #2)

P.L. Stuart:

A Drowned Kingdom (The Drowned Kingdom, #1)

Raymond E. Feist:

Magician: Apprentice and Master (The Riftwar Saga, #1, #2)

R. Ramey Guerrero:

Dust of a Moth’s Wing (The Age of Fire, #1)

Poison from a Scorpion’s Sting (The Age of Fire, #2)

Ryan Cahill:

Of Blood and Fire (The Bound and The Broken, #1)

Samantha Kroese:

Cursed Song

Samantha Shannon:

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Sienna Frost:

Obsidian: Awakening (Obsidian, #1)

Susan McGee Britton:

The Treekeepers

S. Kaeth:

Between Starfalls (Children of the Nexus, #1)

Let Loose the Fallen (Children of the Nexus, #2)


Palon: A Windward Novella

Thorarinn Gunnarson:

Dragonlord of Mystara (The Dragonlord Chronicles, #1)

Timothy S. Currey:

The Dragon That Never Was

T.A. Hernandez

Tethered Spirits (Curse of Shavhalla, #1)

Valerie Storm:

Birth of the Storm (Demon Storms, #1)

Yasmine Maher:

Echo: The Curse of the Blackwood Witches

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