reviews
Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee -Book Review
29, Sep

Jade Legacy sets the standard for great urban fantasy trilogies. In the culmination of her Green Bone Saga, Lee achieves a novel that feels epic in a different way than other fantasy stories. The narrative doesn’t aspire to grandiose feats of magic, or world-shaking stakes of cosmic proportions, it paints the image of a family, and sets them down in the heart of a whirlwind.

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown - Book Review
29, Jul

Red Rising is a dystopian science fiction novel of oppression and revolution…sort of. Darrow is slave. A Red. A downtrodden caste living beneath the surface of Mars. When his life is upended by the cruelty of the Golds, his society’s lofty rulers, Darrow embarks on a quest to transform his society. For me, this story was all about the contrast between setup and pay off. The whole thing is very well written, and definitely a page turner, but the story I was promised and the story I got, didn’t quite jive.

The Pariah (Covenant of Steel #1) by Anthony Ryan - Book Review
16, Jul

The Pariah is a captivating, masterfully told tale of adventure and revenge. This book got its hooks in me from page one. It is full of vibrant characters and dire moments, breakneck action and fireside recollections. The Pariah feels gripping in the same way as Anthony Ryan’s earlier novel, Blood Song. Ryan’s immersive style of storytelling is deceptively simple and deeply engaging.

An End to Sorrow (The Obsidian Path #3) by Michael R. Fletcher - Book Review
06, Jun

An End to Sorrow is the culmination of the Obsidian Path trilogy, a grimdark gem that is very bingeable, and totally unique. The story follows Khraen, the once demon emperor and his quest to reclaim the shards of his soul and take back the world he once ruled from the merciless wizards. Pretty metal, right? Pshht. Just you wait.

Daughter of the Cyber Dragons (The Cyber Dragons #1) by C.T. Phipps - Book Review
23, May

Daughter of the Cyber Dragons is another action-packed collaboration between C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus. It’s a cyberpunk comedy jammed full of pop culture references and triple crosses that’ll keep you guessing until the end.

Gunmetal Gods (Gunmetal Gods #1) by Zamil Akhtar - Book Review
01, Mar

Gunmetal Gods is a dark fantasy epic set in a world reminiscent of the crusades. It has elements of military fantasy and eldritch horror that are expertly woven into a story with big stakes, epic worldbuilding, and convincing characters.

Space Academy Dropouts by C.T. Phipps - Book Review
30, Jan

Space Academy Dropouts is a high adventure farce that was a quick and fun read. I’d highly recommend it for fans of humorous sci-fi, or just sci-fi, or just humor.

The Shadow of the Gods (Bloodsworn Saga #1) by John Gwynne - Book Review
14, Jan

Shadow of the Gods is an all caps EPIC. This Norse inspired story is full of high stakes, brutal fighting, and intriguing characters. I zipped through this slightly chonky novel at a gallop. It has cool monsters, a dash of magic, and some mythic backstory ripped straight from the sagas and twisted into something new.

An Altar on the Village Green (The Chained God, #1) by Nathan Hall - Book Review
29, Oct

An Altar on the Village Green is a fantastic tale of madness and horror. Nathan Hall weaves a story that ebbs and flows with a unique atemporal logic. This, more than anything else, sets it apart from your run of the mill fantasy novel. At its core, The Chained God is a series that is more ambition in its conception that most other fantasy novels.

Norylska Groans by Michael R. Fletcher, Clayton W. Snyder - Book Review
08, Oct

Norylska Groans is a stylish fantasy thriller with a pitch perfect noir aesthetic. In a setting with post-revolutionary Russian themes, the brutal reality of a city on the edge of the tundra shoves two inhabitants of Norylska into a deadly power struggle. 

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