Today’s Robot Round-Up is a celebration of a few of our authors trilogies which are coming to a close. Featuring Anne Lyle’s Night’s Masque, Emma Newman’s Split Worlds, David Tallerman’s Easie Damasco, and Chris F. Holm’s Collector series we’re going to share with you the wonderful praise that these trilogies have received!

Night’s Masque Trilogy by Anne Lyle

Reviews for The Prince of Lies, Anne’s final instalment:

The Prince of Lies, by Anne Lyle

The Prince of Lies is a strong end to the trilogy. It wraps things up very well giving the characters a great send off and will have me really interested in whatever Lyle writes next.” The Founding Fields 

“The explosive denouement of the novel is a skilled set piece of character beats, well described action, and exciting confrontations in an excellent location for action shenanigans. Its quite probably the best sequence in the entire trilogy.” SF Signal 

“This is as exciting and action-packed as the previous two volumes, and it picks up all the loose threads that were left hanging at the end of The Merchant of Dreams… I highly recommend this book.” Fantasy Faction



Praise for The Alchemist of Souls (Night’s Masque #1)The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

“…gives Shakespeare’s London an alternate-history twist … A lively, readable debut.”
– David Langford,

“With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama, and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

“Anne Lyle’s The Alchemist of Souls teems with intrigue and magic worthy of the Bard himself, all set against the backdrop of Elizabethan London. The attention to historical detail brings the time and place alive and peoples it with characters I could instantly empathize with. An outstanding debut!”
– Lynn Flewelling, author of the Tamir trilogy

Praise for The Merchant of Dreams (Night’s Masque #2)

The Merchant of Dreams, by Anne Lyle“I loved everything about The Merchant of Dreams: it is exciting, thrilling and Lyle’s gorgeous prose drives the story elegantly forwards towards a goal … A fantastic example of historical fantasy going all the way and holding nothing back, The Merchant of Dreams is complex and exciting.”
– Leo Elijah Cristea

“The exploration of gender, relationships (both political and personal) and sacrifice continue in a historical fantasy that is as light-hearted and entertaining as it is deep. Perhaps its most admirable quality is Lyle’s willingness to explore and represent the minority in a realistic and unashamed manner.”
– Elloise Hopkins

“This may be one of the best historical fiction/fantasy novels of 2012. Venice, Pirates, Skraylings, politics and some epic action scenes in sixteenth century Europe make sure thatThe Merchant of Dreams is a worthy successor to The Alchemist of Souls.”
– Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Split Worlds Trilogy by Emma Newman

Reviews for All is FairEmma’s final instalment:

All is Fair by Emma Newman

  • ’The series is Changeling the Lost meets Downton Abbey as feuding families tied to mad Fae patrons scheme in the world between ours and Faerie, and in those as well.’ Three Things to Read, Watch and Use

Newman’s complex magical world is as inventive as it is charming, and this latest “Split Worlds” story contains deceit, deception and intrigue in all the right places.’ Kirkus Reviews 

’I love the plot of this series, as there are so many interlacing stories going on that you feel like a part of something much bigger… one of my favourite reads of the year.’ Book Chick City

’There’s lots of action in this one, but there’s still all of the court intrigue and wonderful characterization that I’ve come to expect from the series… the ending leaves plenty of hints of things to come, and I can’t wait.’ My Bookish Ways

‘This is a fun book, adding more characters and different perspectives on the Nether and the Split Worlds, plenty of humour and excitement… I want to know more about the world Emma Newman has created, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet!’ Vicky Thinks

‘I do love the unique world Emma has created in this series, where two cultures collide, and there’s some great bits of humour.’  Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Praise for Between Two Thorns (Split Worlds #1)Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, March 2013

“JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer…Newman renders the Split Worlds with verve and an infectious sense of fun, and presents in Cathy a strong and personable heroine.”
– Eric BrownThe Guardian

“An enchanting novel from Emma Newman, an urban fantasy that has no sign of tattooed women in leather pants. A headstrong scion and an investigator discover dark doings in the outwardly genteel world of Bath’s secret mirror city.”
Paul WeimerSF Signal

“A modern fantasy that playfully mixes magic and interesting characters into an intriguing mystery.”
John DeNardo, Kirkus Reviews


Any Other Name by Emma Newman, Artwork by Sarah J. ColemanPraise for Any Other Name (Split Worlds #2)

“Emma Newman has a talent for inventive, cleverly detailed plotting and her creation of the three Split Worlds and the utterly fetching characters who inhabit them.”
– The Newtown Review of Books

“Emma Newman definitely knows what she is doing…In short, great characters, fabulous settings, complex plots, resolved threads within each book with plenty to arc across titles as well. I wholeheartedly recommend it!” Thoughts from the Hearthfire

“I think I loved Any Other Name even more than Between Two Thorns, if that’s possible. [Any Other Nameis] engaging, funny, romantic, and imaginative and placed Emma Newman solidly on my must-read list of writers. I can’t wait for the conclusion to this story in October, when All is Fair is released. In the meantime, I think I’ll go and reread some of the short stories set in the Split Worlds.” A Fantastical Librarian

Easie Damasco Trilogy by David Tallerman

Reviews for Prince Thief, Tallerman’s final instalment:Prince Thief, by David Tallerman

’With action, humour, adventures, and giants, The Tales of Easie Damasco is an enjoyable series which fans of fantasy and heist stories are sure to enjoy.’ The Arched Doorway

This series is solid adventure fantasy, but with a twist. The stock thief in Tallerman’s hands is more than just a generic character. He’s unique, a fresh and original creation with enough familiarity to him that readers won’t be put off.’ Adventures Fantastic

“Easie is back here for his third outing and as such really does give me a story to get my teeth into… ts refreshing, it has a whole cartload of catastrophe and yet, it’s so much of a chaotic mishmash that you really can’t put the book down as you wait to see what happens next. It’s magical. Great stuff.” Falcata Times



PrGiant Thief by David Tallermanaise for Giant Thief (Easie Damasco #1)

“Damasco resembles a landlocked version of Jack Sparrow … The atypical backdrop, self-aware style and downplaying of magics bring to mind the contemporary fantasies of Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie.’ SFX Magazine

“If you’re up for a fun, fast-paced adventure featuring rogues, giants and lots of fighting, you won’t want to miss it!’ A Fantastical Librarian

“Back to the Giant Thief, I truly believe that this book will be one of the finest débuts of 2012… it introduces a damned fine, unique narrative style and a couple of characters that could go on to have some truly epic adventures.” Fantasy Faction 


Praise for Crown Thief (Easie Damasco #2) 

Crown Thief, by David Tallerman - Tales of Easie Damasco, vol 2

“It’s a fun romp in a dark fantasy world and when you add to this great prose, top notch prose and combat to keep you glued, all in all this is a great second book for the reader to enjoy.’ Falcata Times

“If you haven’t met Easie Damasco, you should. You’ll be glad you did.’ Adventures Fantastic

“t’s a high-octane romp, with perhaps just a tad less urgency than Giant Thief, but that’s made up for by the deepening of his characters and a slightly bigger reveal of his world’s inner workings. Who could resist the promise of a reformed rogue, a gruff guard captain, and even more giants than last time?” A Fantastical Librarian 


Collector Series by Chris F. Holm

The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, design by Amazing15Reviews for The Big Reap, Holm’s final instalment:

“Smart, funny and umassuming… Our world is a better place with Sam Thornton in it.”
– Raging Bibiolholism

“Sam is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. While he carries with him the attitude of a blockbuster movie action star, he’s also a tragic character at heart. In my opinion, this is Holm’s finest work yet.”
– Every Read Thing

“Big concepts in a book filled with big ideas and big action.”
– Crimespree

Praise for Dead Harvest (Collectors #1) Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm

“Chris F. Holm clearly had both angels and devils watching over him as he wrote Dead Harvest. Thrilling, riveting and hardboiled as hell, this stunning debut still manages to be incredibly soulful. If I could recommend one book to everyone this year, this would be it.”
– Anthony, Ellis & Macavity Award-nominated author Hilary Davidson

“Get a nicotine patch cause you’ll be smokin’ by the end of Dead Harvest. A surreal page-turner where crime meets goth meets fantasy meets horror, strips the elements of everything you knew about storytelling, and creates a new genre called Chris F. Holm!”
– Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana

“With Dead Harvest, Chris F. Holm splices genres in a way few authors can pull off, in the process delivering an action-packed rollercoaster of a novel that will enthrall thriller and fantasy readers alike. A superb debut from a talent to watch.”
– Stuart Neville, LA Times Book Prize and Spinetingler Award winner

The Wrong Goodbye, by Chris F. HolmPraise for The Wrong Goodbye (Collectors #2)

“Riding on an intricately woven plot filled with witty, flawlessly executed dialogue, Mr. Holm’s sophomore effort proves that he’s no one-hit wonder, but rather a true contender. The author’s amazing talent for writing and limitless genius for storytelling guarantees readers a wild ride”.
– Renee C. Fountain, for New York Journal of Books

“Holm’s established himself with this one. It’s smart (the winking references to pop culture alone will make savvy readers grin) and packs a hefty wallop of action as well as setting up several dominoes for the next book.”
– Raging Biblioholism

“It’s a fun adventure, a cross-country fantastical crime spree that fans of Neil Gaiman’sAmerican Gods and the TV show Supernatural will likely enjoy. It hits all the right notes as both a buddy comedy and a horror show.”
– Neliza Drew, Criminal Element