Monday, August 25, 2008

Beyond Magic- Susan Kearney, Elaine Cunningham and Kassandra Sims

Beyond Magic
Susan Kearney, Elaine Cunningham and Kassandra Sims
Tor, Sep 2008, $6.99
ISBN: 9780765355270

"The Shimmering" by Susan Kearney. Reporter Sandra Lowell tests an astral projection gizmo only to be sent to another planet light years from earth. She ends inside the body of the wife of warrior Daveck Gorait, who has a world to save. With her memories in tact she wants to go home, but is falling in love with the hunk who insists their marriage is a political necessity.

"Beyond Dreams" by Elaine Cunningham. In Providence Nick Romano keeps having nightmares of murdered women. Although he does not believe in ESP, desperate to end his restless sleep, he visits psychic Cassie O'Malley.

"Hill and Sky" by Kassandra Sims. Although she loves her family, Annika Madsen moved to Nashville to escape their constant hovering. Her mother begs her to come home insisting the family needs her; she implies the magic is dying. Finally mom sends Tommy Brennan to help her with an investigation.

“The Shimmering” starts as a science fiction but moves into fantasy on another world; while “Beyond Dreams” is an urban mystery fantasy; and “Hill and Sky” is similar as an urban mystery fantasy, but much more introspective. Fans will enjoy these three well written novellas.

Harriet Klausner

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