62460Second in the loosely related Lost Empires series, The Nether Scroll begins with a personal quest for vengeance and ends…disappointingly…

A minor wizard Druhallan is on a vengeance quest with his best friend to avenge the death of his mentor who also happened to be his best friend’s mother.  Killed in an ambush by Red Wizards of Thay, Dru and the son survive with Dru picking up an ancient Netherese artifact: a slip of black glass.

Fast forward fifteen years the boon companions have grown, discovered the names of the wizards who killed their mother, taken on a female companion who fell in love with Dru and married the best friend, and adopted a street urchin between the three of them.  On their travels to uncover more of the disk and their vengeance, the quartet is drawn into a scheme to infiltrate a goblin infested ancient abandoned mine to locate a remove a Netherese scroll, given this task by a lady in a glade who looks like a hawk, has insect guardians and is not a native of Toril.

And the fact that the mine is ruled by an undead mind flayer bent on recreating the gith slave race by mutating the local goblins just so happens to to slip the hawk lady’s mind and almost causes the deaths of the party.

All survive however.  Only disappointing thing is the glass disc is left largely unexplained, and the quest for vengeance is left up in the air.  So it was a little bit disappointing.  It was looking to be really interesting, but what intrigues you the most about this story is left unexplained.  Even the Nether Scroll, the WHOLE reason for this story, and we’re left wondering about it.

Ah well.  Hopefully Fair Game turns out better.  Book three in the Alpha and Omega series, next.

7942786They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…