reviews
The King's Gambit (SPQR #1) by John Maddox Roberts - Book Review
18, Jan

I've long had Maddox Roberts' SPQR series on my TBR list (ever since I started reading Roman whodunits - Lindsey Davis, Steven Saylor, et al), but it took some time to get to this series.

Alexander at the World's End by Tom Holt - Book Review
27, Dec

I loved Holt's more fantasy works (especially under his KJ Parker pen-name), so was eager to try his pure historical fiction.

Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis - Book review
14, Dec

I've heard good things about Tregillis' works and their historical-fantasy settings and vibes, and given that this book is a standalone (often my preference) and a noir detective to boot I was drawn.

Purple and Black by K.J. Parker - Book Review
29, Nov

I love KJ Parker's pseudo-Byzantine fantasy, and this short read was up to his excellent standard.

A Witch Steps into My Office: A Noir Urban Fantasy Novel (Alexander Southerland, P.I. Book 2) by Douglas Lumsden - Book Review
24, Nov

Lumsden's previous novel left me wanting more, so it didn't take me long to delve into this second book in the series. Nor was I disappointed - this is an excellent sequel, even better than the previous.

Penric's Fox (Penric and Desdemona #3) by Lois McMaster Bujold - Book Review
07, Nov

I've read the other novellas in this series in publication order, but it's better to read in inner chronological order. This one follows Penric and the Shaman, and should be read before Penric's Mission. Still - highly enjoyable series no matter what order you read it in.

Penric’s Mission (Penric and Desdemona) by Lois McMaster Bujold - Book Review
05, Nov

I've read the first two novellas in this series before, and was looking forward to spending some more time in Penric's unique world.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (Fatma el-Sha’arawi) by P. Djèlí Clark - Book Review
01, Nov

I love the mix of historical fantasy and am fascinated by Middle Eastern cultures, so jumped on this as soon as I heard about it. 

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