The Kate Daniels Series: Smartass Mercenaries with Complex Family Ties

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Image: Ace via Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Kate Daniels starts out as a mercenary with a secret heritage, trained with the purpose of killing one man. She’s supposed to keep to herself, keep hidden, until she’s ready. To avoid any ties that might make her task harder. But when her guardian is killed, she launches into an investigation that will test her ability to hold herself apart from people. And as her attachment to others grows, so her willingness to give away what she is to protect them–risking that the man she’s meant to kill will find her before she’s strong enough to defeat him. Continue reading “The Kate Daniels Series: Smartass Mercenaries with Complex Family Ties”

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Luke Cage, and Its Dedicated Focus on Characterization

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Image: Netflix via Screenrant

Genre: Superhero

Synopsis: Luke Cage is an escaped convict who was falsely accused, lying low and hiding his superpowers. But the man who’s giving him a job is deeply concerned with the inhabitants of Harlem, and when he runs afoul of a local gangster, Luke is pulled into the spotlight. This forces him to make a decision–run away to a place where no one knows his name, or stand and fight for his place in the community. Continue reading “Luke Cage, and Its Dedicated Focus on Characterization”

Unrest: The Violent Turmoil of a City Struck by Famine, Strained by Social Tensions and Rage, in an Indian Inspired Fantasy Setting

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Image: Pyrodactyl Games via Youtube

Genre: Fantasy RPG (minus the combat focus)

Synopsis: In a fantasy inspired by ancient India, five people have to make their way and shape the world around them during a period of social unrest: a princess ingrained in the surrounding politics, a mercenary captain following orders, a priest engaging in charitable acts, a peasant whose marriage is being arranged, and a diplomat whose people are being blamed for all the wrongs of the kingdom. The decisions that each of them make, the alliances that they build, and the traps that they dodge will determine the future of the realm–and who lives long enough to see it. Continue reading “Unrest: The Violent Turmoil of a City Struck by Famine, Strained by Social Tensions and Rage, in an Indian Inspired Fantasy Setting”

Pilot Season: Timeless Has Interesting Concepts, but Doesn’t Go Deep Enough

 

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Image: NBC

Genre: Sci-fi

Synopsis: A private company builds a time machine, which is promptly hijacked by criminals attempting to change the history of America. To stop them, history professor Lucy, soldier Wyatt, and engineer Rufus are sent back as well. Continue reading “Pilot Season: Timeless Has Interesting Concepts, but Doesn’t Go Deep Enough”