The Farthest Shore

From Robert, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Farthest Shore
In the fantasy book, The Earthsea Cycle, The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K. Le Guin, an Archmage and his companion must stop a mysterious magic from causing all of wizardry to disappear. In the book, certain chapters were difficult to understand until the next was read. Although the book is meant to be read in a series, it was enjoyable to read on its own. The book also required a knowledge of fantasy to be fully understood. I recommend this book to those who have read a fantasy book before, as this would be a challenging read otherwise.

High Rhulain

From Joseph, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Jacques, Brian
 High Rhulain 
I recently indulged myself upon the likes of Brian Jacques’ fiction novel High Rhulain. This is a tale of a humble abbey otter who must cross the daring western seas to the Green Isle. Intrusting her life to a lunatic hare by the name of Captain Cuthbert Frunk W. Bloodpaw, she is destined to free other captive otters bound to slavery by Riggu Felis, tyrant of the wildcats and ruler of the Green Isle. For Tiria, the abbey otter, is a direct descendent of the famed High Queen Rhulain whose reign was brought to a sudden end many years ago due to her death at sea. To clear
up any confusion, all characters in this book are animals and there are no
references to human life. At times, this book is hard to follow do to the fact the Jacques purposely misspelled many words so that the reader can get a sense of the character’s accents. I thought that this novel was interesting for the most part, but it may be a difficult read for those who are not accustomed to  the use of slang language. I would first recommend reading the other books in the series in order to get a full understanding of all of the books references.

What Remains of Heaven

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Harris, C.S.
What Remains of Heaven
Sebastian St. Cyr does not believe in coincidences. Two men have met their demise in an ancient crypt, but their murders occurred thirty years apart.   When he is asked to investigate the murder of the outspoken Bishop of London, who has many powerful enemies, he is foiled by lies and secrets.  Is the motive politics, revenge or blackmail gone wrong?  Can he solve it before he suffers the same fate?  Each book in this mystery series, that takes place in 18th century England, offers a new surprise about the main characters.  This fifth adventure unearths shattering news.  The other titles in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series are What Angels Fear, When Gods Die, Why Mermaids Sing, When Serpents Sleep.  The sixth book, Where Shadows Dance, will be available in March 2011.

The Black Hand

from Rosemarie Jerome
author: Will Thomas
The Black Hand
This is the fifth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series which includes:  Some Danger Involved, To Kingdom Come, The Limehouse Text, and The Hellfire Conspiracy.  Set in Victorian London, the series contains all the elements for an enjoyable read; it has action, romance, humor, intrigue and quirky characters that you just love reading about.  Each book deals with a different ethnic group, so you discover a part of London society that is not often covered in historical thrillers.  Thomas Llewelyn gains more shocking insights about his elusive employer with each book, so that adds to the fun.  The Black Hand takes you into the mirky world of the Mafia.  Baker & Llewelyn, who are private enquiry agents, are asked to assist the Thames Police with their murder investigation.  When it is discovered that each victim received a cryptic Black Hand message prior to their death, the Mafia becomes a suspect and our heroes become a target.