Aug 6

4 Stars from Romantic Times for Dragon Justice

Dragon Justice by Laura Anne Gilman

Relationships are at the heart of this book: from mentor-protégée partnerships to the bond among siblings and friends and finally to the growing intimacy between colleagues on the cusp of becoming lovers. Gilman spends a good deal of time exploring — and subverting — the trope of the fated-to-happen relationship. Readers will find this to be an engaging and fast-paced read.

Bonnie Torres, an investigator with PUPI (Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations), has worked one too many days in a row. She needs time to rest and recharge her magical batteries. So, when she’s invited to spend a few days in Philadelphia with Benjamin Venec, she jumps at the chance. Ben may be her boss, but they also have a magical bond that they need to figure out how to live with. However, no sooner does Bonnie arrive than they’re called in by the local police to consult on a couple of murders, which quickly turns into a wide-ranging investigation of a string of serial murders that spans decades. With the rest of the team on-site, Bonnie and Ben need to temporarily back-burner their personal issues and track down the perpetrators of these crimes before someone else dies. –Romantic Times, 4 Stars

Sep 27

conclusion to Vineart trilogy garners 4 1/2 stars from RT

The Shattered Vine by Laura Anne Gilman

The final volume of Gilman’s Vineart War trilogy is both compulsively readable and full of complicated characterization… The constraints of Jerzy’s world become apparent as the story builds to a climax, which is both unexpected and utter perfection. — Romantic Times, 4 1/2 Stars

Available today : Weight of Stone (Book 2) in paperback.

Feb 1

4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick from RT for new Gilman fantasy

Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman

Gilman’s second Paranormal Scene Investigations is a fast, compelling read. Following Bonnie’s POV is fantastic, and the secondary characters are equally well drawn, especially Pietr and Sharon. Bonnie’s intelligence and perceptiveness really make this book go and readers will root for her and the team to solve their investigation. Gilman handles an extremely sensitive subject with grace and compassion.

Bonnie Torres and the rest of the PUPI team have been called out to the scene of a horrific crime – a ki-rin’s human companion was attacked, and the attackers ended up dead or gravely injured by the ki-rin (a unicorn-like creature, with the attendant purity requirement). Things are always more complicated than they appear on the surface, especially with tensions between the human and fatae heating up. Also heating up is the relationship between Bonnie and her boss, Benjamin Venec – and since he’s her boss, that may not be exactly the brightest idea either of them has ever had. — Romantic Times, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick

Jan 11

starred PW review for new Cosa fantasy

Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman

Gilman follows 2010’s Hard Magic with another winning mix of snappy writing and a fun and intelligent story about crime-solving magic users. Bonita Torres loves working with Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations (PUPI), but the team’s latest case, the attempted rape of a magical ki-rin’s human companion, has her on edge. The ki-rin killed one assailant and partially disemboweled the other, and everything looks simple until the survivor claims she was used as bait. Human/nonhuman relations are already unstable and could explode if PUPI can’t figure out what really happened. Riding on the case are a woman’s reputation, a man’s death, and the future of PUPI. Grabbing readers from the get-go, Gilman delivers style and substance with layers of mystery, science, politics, romance, and old-fashioned investigative work mixed with high-tech spellcraft. –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Oct 15

RT reviews newest fantasy from Laura Anne Gilman

Weight of Stone: Book Two of the Vineart War by Laura Anne Gilman

Gilman’s second Vineart War offering is a fast-paced and tightly plotted tale that picks up right where the first book left off. Jerzy is a complex and likable hero who is loyal and intelligent. The magical system is highly original. Adventure fantasy fans will enjoy this series.

Vineart apprentice and former slave Jerzy is on the run after being accused of apostasy by the Washers, the religious sect of the Vin Lands. Accompanied by runaway noble Mahault, novice trader Ao, and Kainam, the named heir of the vanished island of Atakus, Jerzy has only begun to trace the source of the taint when he is called home to account for his actions. Unbeknownst to Jerzy and his friends, this is just the beginning of the fight for the soul of the Vin Lands.

–Romantic Times, 4 Stars

Available in paperback: Flesh and Fire: Book One of The Vineart War

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