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Bane and Shadow by Jon Skovron
Thursday, Jul
y 25, 2019 - 8pm
Panera
770 Rt.17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652

This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to discuss various works of modern
masters or upcoming talent in SF, fantasy, paranormal, horror and related genres. It also
occasionally explores classics and the 'masters' of the classics.

*For the complete list of titles for 2019 scroll below event recap.  You will find all
12 bookcovers/titles.

Bane and Shadow by Jon Skovron:
A killer adventure fantasy follow-up to HOPE AND RED, set in a fracturing empire
spread across savage seas, where two young people from different cultures find
common purpose.

Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he
becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among
the nobility can be deadly.

While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a
biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her
childhood village seem small in comparison.
January
May
Empire of Sand by
Tasha Suri
February
June
Silver On the Road by
Laura Anne Gilman
March
July
Bane and Shadow by
Jon Skovron
April
August
Feeder by
Patrick Weekes
September
A Big Ship At the Edge
of the Universe by
Alex White
October
The Black Prism
Lightbringer Bk #1 by
Brent Weeks
November
State Tectonics by
Malka Older
December
Annual Year-In-Review
July
Modern Masters Selections for 2019
Recaps & comments
Silver On the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
6/27/19

Chris

Our weird west theme was well represented by the novel Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman. It follows the exploits
of Isobel and Gabriel in the early 19th century west. Gilman has become quite a prolific writer, and really shines here. High
marks all around.
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
5/23/19 recap

AM
Our theme for May, Spice  of Life: India, brought us to a desert of magic, intrigue and demons. Empire of Sand, by Tasha
Suri, was the month's selection and did not disappoint. The book delves into class in the Ambhan Empire - those with
magical ability are scorned and exiled. Mehr, the main character is the illegitimate daughter of the governor of the empire.
Her father's wife is openly hateful to her. Mehr is not only illegitimate, but has inherited her mother's magic. Mehr's mother
is Amrithi- a despised race for their magical ability.  Although the empire has forbidden magic, the Maha - the empire's
so-called spiritual leader - secretly uses it to prolong his life. He is not a nice guy.  The story flows nicely, although some
found it a bit repetitive at times. Overall scores ranged from C/C- to A-. Todd and Chris are eagerly awaiting the release of
the second book in the fall.

Chris H
Our India-themed book was Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. The main character, Mehr, goes through a lot. Class struggles
permeate the storyline. For a first novel, it was well received, with B, B+ being the grade.