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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Most Fantastic Show on Earth...

Three years ago, the Ban changed everything, outlawing certain forms of magic and bringing about the rise of powerful crime syndicates. Now, speakeasies in every city sell illegal charms and jinxes, and bootleggers traffic restricted potion ingredients across the country. But even in this c
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Sanita Street Publishing
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Amelia Nichole Defield
I LOVED this novel. Gangsters and a magical circus with griffins and dragons? I didn't know I needed this in my life, but I did. I love the characters and the ending was fantastic.
Erin Sky
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was SUCH a fun read!

Calico Thunder is one of my new favorite dragons, and I don't say that lightly. I do have a soft spot for dragons, but it isn't the kind of thing that makes me automatically love all dragons or all dragon books.

I LOVED this dragon, and I LOVED this book!!!

Jake owns a circus that he inherited from his father, but his dad wasn't so great--as either a dad or a circus owner. Jake's done a fantastic job turning things around, but when an old debt resurfaces--a debt to some
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Stephanie
Let me start by saying that Calico Thunder Rides Again is an absolute gem of a book! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced review copy, and I'm excited for everyone to read it now that it's been released into the wild!

This book is a fun ride from start to finish - prepare to be whisked away to a vibrant world of dragons, mobsters, and magic! T.A. Hernandez has crafted an "alternate" world, based on 1920's America, complete with Prohibition (or "the Ban", as it's called in the book)! Spea
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Rayleigh
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this mystical circus adventure, we encounter dragons, dwarves, and enchanters in the big-top as they try to keep their livelihoods from falling into the hands of a mob.

Calico Thunder Rides Again is an adventurous story brimmed with risk, danger, and a little bit of romance. Readers will find themselves easily enchanted with Calico Thunder and many of the other spectacles that can be found at Strickland’s Circus! It’s a wild ride from beginning to end and while the story itself is very predict
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Patrick Samphire
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-published
4 1/2 stars.

Calico Thunder Rides Again is an utterly charming short novel. It's set in an alternative 1920s America full of magic, mythical beasts, and gangsters. Jake Strickland inherited a travelling circus from his estranged father, but what he didn't realise was that he was also inheriting his father's debt to the mob, and now that debt has come true. Jake has only a month to raise an absurd amount of money or end up losing the circus that he has now come to love.

As I said, this is a charmin
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Janine
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This standalone set in an alternate 1920’s USA with magic, fantastical creatures and the life of a circus was a nice and intriguing read from T.A. Hernandez. It almost felt like a callback to an earlier time with the dangers and environment that came with a life in the circus, magic and the mob all rolled into one.

As for the world, there’s just enough magic and world building to differentiate this from a straight up historical fantasy (along with no concrete dates being mentioned), but still hav
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M.T. DeSantis
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt on my blog.
Ever since I read The Night Circus, I’ve been a sucker for anything that has the words “magic” and “circus” in the same sentence. So when the opportunity to read this book came up, I jumped on it like a bunny on carrots.
A circus…with a dragon!
I repeat. A circus…with a dragon!
The only thing I hesitated over before reading this was the 1920s setting. I don’t usually go for historical books, b
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Margaret Adelle
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When the author first offered me this book for review, I was immediately intrigued by the general premise of it. The idea of a alternate fantasy-norm Prohibition story was intriguing.

The story explored it's premise in very nuanced ways. Griffins and dragons were treated much like the exotic circus animals were, making it feel much more realistic. Jake's problems, having a large debt to the mob, feel like a noir story, but it fits with the idea. As a character, he's likeable and sympathetic, eve
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Michelle L Winkler
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's more to it than a dragon.

If you get this book thinking it's just about a dragon, you'll be disappointed at first. However, soon you'll come to realize, like I did, that this story is about more than just a cool dragon. It’s about family; both the one you’re born into and the one you find. The dragon is there, but she's just one part of the story. There's a whole circus of people and animals to fall in love with.

I also love how magic was woven into the world, so seamlessly it felt real. I
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Rosie Wylor-Owen
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book = really well written and enjoyable to read. Let’s face it, books with dragons in generally are, but this was a good read even by dragon standards.

Jake Strickland wasn’t happy to inherit his father’s circus and all the debts that came with it. Chock full of supernatural creatures: basilisks, griffins and the star of the show, a dragon called Calico Thunder, Strickland’s circus has just begun to make money again. Until a mobster shows up to claim Jake’s father’s biggest debt to date.

For
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EJ Fisch
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Most Fantastic Show on Earth...

Magic. Mobsters. Mythical creatures. This book may not have been my usual genre, but that by no means made it any less enjoyable. It was creative, well-crafted, and simply a fun read.

CTRA is part fantasy, part alternate history. Set in a magical version of 1920s America, the story centers around Jake—a former rodeo dragon rider—and the circus he inherited from his father. With help from close friends like Gra
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Gordon Long
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This kind of Fantasy ought to have its own sub-genre. Sort of “steam punk art but modern day with fantasy creatures thrown in.” The plot of this novel involves a late 19thcentury travelling circus with dragons and griffins and twenties-era gangsters with trolls as enforcers.

So much for the creativity. The story is peppered with Characters with a capital “C,” as we would expect. It is, after all, a circus. Add to this a complex plotline with a couple of good twists, a love story that seems doomed
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Anie
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story, unlike anything I've read before.

The circus was Jake's father's whole life and while he loved it very much, he wasn't the best on the business side. When he dies his son took over. It took a lot of work to get Circus out of debt, and after years the finally made a little profit. It started to look better for them all. Until powerful mobster confronted Jake and demanded that the debt be repaid by the end of the month. It's a large sum, that Jake can't even imagine collecting.

There is suc
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Kristin
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
There’s something eternally captivating about the circus, and Calico Thunder Rides Again finds a new twist – magic and mythical creatures. It’s an interesting take, and an engaging story. The alternative reality is very believable and well-constructed, so much so that I kept forgetting references to a character being an ogre meant he was ACTUALLY AN OGRE and weren’t metaphorical (ha!). Perhaps my favorite part of the book is when supporting character Grace sees the reality behind the magic busin ...more
Sathepine Marco
A charming read!

Despite our main character Jake Strickland finding himself in an ugly predicament with the mob, I found this book to be cozy and charming, with likeable characters, wonderful creatures, and fascinating magic. My only gripe is that the title talks about Calico, but is actually mainly about Jake. Jake is not a bad character to follow, though, and I really felt for him struggling to do his best given an impossible situation. Aside from Jake, I also liked Grace Hawkins and the Bruno
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T. A. Hernandez is a science fiction and fantasy author and long-time fan of speculative fiction. She grew up with her nose habitually stuck in a book and her mind constantly wandering to make-believe worlds full of magic and adventure. She began writing after reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings many years ago and is now is happily engaged in an exciting and lifelong quest to tell cap ...more

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