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Place of birth: Doddinghurst, Essex
Now living: Colchester, Essex

Pippa Jay is the author of Keir - Beyond Redemption
An outcast and a figure of superstition, Keir is reviled by the medieval society into which he was born, and must find a way to redeem his past or face all eternity alone.
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Pippa Jay's 17 reviews

Downside Girls by Jaine Fenn (Hidden Empire)

Having read and loved all but the most recent book of the Hidden Empire series (Queen of Nowhere is waiting on my TBR pile), I couldn't wait to grab a copy of this novella length anthology, with four stories set in the familiar setting of Kesh – home of the Angels. Not only did it expand on a fascinating world and set of characters, bu...

8.5/10

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Zero Point by Neal Asher (Owner)

Earth’s Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination from orbit. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee’s network of control is a smoking ruin and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. She must act while the last vestiges of Committee infrast...

8.3/10

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The Crimson Pact: Volume 3 by Paul Genesse (The Crimson Pact)

I felt quite privileged in being asked to review this third anthology, having reviewed the previous two. Again, this is a volume for all those fans of demonology, but the mixture of genres, styles and authors means something should appeal to everyone. If you like some dystopian sci-fi with your demons, check out Fight. If you prefer some sweet y...

8.9/10

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Touch of Frost by Jocelyn Adams

I don’t like writing reviews for books I didn’t enjoy, and won’t if I’ve bought them for myself. But as I was sent this for review (and at my own request, I have to confess), here goes…I was disappointed with this book. The blurb hooked me and I was intrigued, but I don’t think the story really lived u...

6.0/10

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Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction by Ian Whates

Solaris Rising is the first in an exciting new series of anthologies that are set to reaffirm Solaris's proud reputation for producing high quality science fiction. The book will feature all original short stories from Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Paul di Filippo, Adam Roberts, Lavie Tidhar, Ian Watson, Ken MacLeod, ...

7.0/10

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Snuff by Terry Pratchett (The Discworld Series)

I've been a fan of Sir Terry Pratchett since my late teens, but of all his books the Sam Vimes titles have always been my favourite. I love the stories about the Watch, of Sam’s rise from gutter alcoholic in a dying Night Watch to His Grace the Duke, Commander of a blooming City Watch, hero of Koom Valley and proud father to Sam junior...

9.3/10

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The Crimson Pact: Volume 2 by Paul Genesse (The Crimson Pact)

If you like demons and dark fantasy, if you love the constant struggle of good against evil (or at least human vs. something clawed and taloned), an endless eternal war between humanity and hellborn, then this is definitely the anthology for you.Again, there are just too many stories for me to comment on every single one, so I’ve ta...

8.7/10

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Bringer of Light by Jaine Fenn (Hidden Empire)

This is the latest in the Hidden Empire series, and currently the last. Events are building to a head. Jarek Reen has decided the only way to keep Serenein safe and protect it, and humanity, from the female Sidhe is by posting a beacon that will enable space craft to find and access the hidden world. But to do that he will need the aid of the ma...

9.1/10

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Guardians of Paradise by Jaine Fenn (Hidden Empire)

This book ties together the events in Principles of Angels and Consorts of Heaven as the main characters from both meet up, and realize their aims are linked in a battle against the Sidhe. Jarek Reen, once called Sais and sister to Elarn whom the Sidhe tried to use as an assassin, is fighting to solve the dilemma of the hidden world Serenein. Nu...

8.9/10

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Consorts of Heaven by Jaine Fenn (Hidden Empire)

A year ago I went looking for current authors in the sci-fi genre who were writing something similar to my own. A brief description of this book caught my eye - the mixture of a medieval society with science fiction - so I bought it and another by the same author. And then they sat on my bookshelf with a dozen others unread because I got too tie...

8.9/10

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Principles of Angels by Jaine Fenn (Hidden Empire)

Khesh City floats above the surface of the uninhabitable planet of Vellern. Topside, it's extravagant, opulent, luxurious; the Undertow is dark, twisted and dangerous. Khesh City is a place where nothing is forbidden - but it's also a democracy, of sorts, a democracy by assassination, policed by the Angels, the elite, state-sponsored kil...

8.5/10

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The Departure by Neal Asher (Owner)

I was very, very excited when I heard this book was coming my way. Not only because I was looking forward to reading it and have seen a lot of anticipation over its arrival, but because I know it’s not yet available to buy. And I wasn’t disappointed.This is not a Polity novel. Anyone expecting that is probably going to find th...

8.6/10

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The Crimson Pact: Volume 1 by Paul Genesse (The Crimson Pact)

One of the things I love about anthologies is the chance to sample a mixture of authors and discover some new favourites. One of the things I hate is that if you love the short story, you know it’s going to end soon. That fact, at least, is offset by the knowledge that this is only volume one, so the promise of future volumes is there. The...

8.5/10

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Orbus by Neal Asher (Spatterjay)

When I wrote my first Asher review on The Gabble, I said I wouldn’t swear to be an eternal fan of Neal Asher. I have to retract part of that statement, and until the advent of Polity golems for me to upload my brain to, that means I’m a fan. There, said it.I really enjoyed Orbus. I’ve read reviews that say the main chara...

8.6/10

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (Lightbringer)

What Brent Weeks has painted here is nothing short of marvellous. It’s a beautifully rich fantasy universe with an awe-inspiring amount of world-building and colour behind it. There’s just so much detail that truly brought the world to life for me.The Black Prism has a fantastic magic system. I thought Brandon Sanders...

9.0/10

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The Technician by Neal Asher (Polity)

As a relative newcomer to the Polity universe, with this only being my second Asher book, I wasn't sure how well I'd be able to follow the story. I was in for a pleasant surprise. Although the story does take a while to get started and I struggled a little with the technology of it, I thoroughly enjoyed the read.The story follows ...

8.9/10

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The Gabble and other stories by Neal Asher (Polity)

First I have to confess that not only am I new to reviewing, but that I am also new to reading Neal Asher. I choose this collection of short stories in the hope of a good introduction to the Polity universe, and I wasn't disappointed. I had no trouble at all in understanding the concepts or visualising his worlds, and each story is crisp, ca...

7.8/10

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