Jordan Loyal Short is an author of epic fantasy, an inveterate nerd, and a small business owner. He has worked in a variety of industries, as a waiter, bartender, copywriter and more. These days, Jordan lives in Washington state with his wife where he is currently daydreaming about the end of the world.

The Broken God (The Black Iron Legacy #3) by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan - Book Review 22, Jun

The Broken God continues Gareth Hanrahan’s wildly imaginative Black Iron Legacy series. Everyone who loved the adventures in the first two installments will enjoy this book too. While Cari travels through strange lands cursed by the Godswar, a member of the Lyrixian criminal syndicate connects with the godly ghost of Spar Idgeson. What follows is a free-for-all of Saints, Gods, and Alchemist all once again conniving for control of the city of Guerdon.

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4) by Brandon Sanderson - Book Review 03, Jun

Rhythm of War continues Brandon Sanderson‘s epic Stormlight Archive, building the grand adventure with ever heightening stakes. This fourth installment started off a bit slow for my tastes, but Sanderson skillfully brought things together by the end. It left me satisfied, if not awed, and still looking forward to the fifth book in the series, which will conclude the first age of the Stormlight Archive. For anyone who doesn’t know, the fifth book will complete this epoch of the storyline and Sanderson will circle back to Roshar in a few years (real time) to wrap up the saga.

The Unholy Consult (The Aspect-Emperor #4) by R. Scott Bakker - Book Review 04, May


Scott Bakker has indisputable writing chops. He is always swinging for the fences and he managed, in my humble opinion, to hit The Second Apocalypse Series out of the park. That’s the first series, if you’re keeping score. You have to love his quasi-poetic, quasi-philosophical style, but if you do, it’s fantasy gold. Next, the Aspect Emperor series starts off with two absolutely stellar books. Such brutal, visceral slogs. You can’t see it but I’m chef's kissing my fingers: magnifique! So what -THE FUCK- went wrong?