Disclaimer: I listened to the Thrawn: Alliances audiobook, as narrated by Marc Thompson.
Timothy Zahn’s original Thrawn trilogy was the first work of science fiction I ever read… in so far as any Star Wars product can be called sci-fi. When Zahn returned to his arguably most popular character, introducing him to Marvel’s newly retconned continuity. I was truly and well excited about the possibilities, and 2017’s Thrawn did not disappoint. It introduced the Grand Admiral, told the story of his rise to power in the Empire, and offered the reader a look at Coruscant during the Empire’s heyday.
Disclaimer: I received this novel for free thanks to the r/fantasy TBRindr initiative, in return for an honest review. The purpose of this initiative is to showcase the works of independent authors.
City of Kings is a tale of siege, dark necromancy and bloody betrayal. It’s the sixth book in Rob J. Hayes’ First Earth setting, but it works well as a stand-alone. I should know since I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading any of his previous works. And I don’t use ‘pleasure’ lightly.
Let’s jump straight into what I loved about this book!
Naomi Novik spins gold in this excellent new standalone novel, which perfectly captures the essence of Slavic fairy tales while doing an excellent job of turning the classical Rumplestiltskin tale on its heels.