Michael McLendon is an actor living in NYC.
His favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson and Mark Lawrence.
If he's not reading, he's making faces in front of a mirror or watching something with swords and/or explosions.
The Blackest Heart by Brian Lee Durfee is a 12 round heavyweight battle. Fights for survival and autonomy amidst unrelenting trauma and pulp adventure bind together this excellent grimdark epic fantasy that exceeds its predecessor on every level.
The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft is a five course meal served with impeccable timing and without pretense. Its irony never overcomes its empathy; its wisdom never subverts its mystery; and in the darkest corners of hearts and ringdoms, the light of hope is never extinguished.
The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee invites you into a story that at first glance feels comfortingly familiar-only when you blink do you find these genre trappings twisted and cloaked in shadow while the ground begins to shift and devour you.