reviews
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. 

Kingdoms at War (Dragon Gate #1) by Lindsay Buroker - Book Review
16, Sep

Dragon’s Gate: Kingdoms at War is an underdog story through-and-through. Jak and Jadora are mother and son archaeologists unearthing an ancient artifact when the oppressive forces of their wizard rulers swoop in and not only take the artifact, but kidnap them.

The Shadows of Dust by Alec Hutson - Book Review
13, Sep

The Shadows of Dust is a sweeping fantasy space opera. It was an adventure that I absolutely loved. What a wonderful setting this novel had! Big Star Wars meets Dungeons & Dragons vibes here, a unique blend of science fiction and fantasy that I think is vastly under-represented in speculative fiction today. I gave it top marks on that alone, but there was even more to love in this novel. 

Orconomics (The Dark Profit Saga, #1) by J. Zachary Pike - Book Review
24, Aug

Orconomics is a whole lot of fun. If you’re looking for an enjoyable read that’ll hook you early and leave you giggling, then Zach Pike has written it, and as I mentioned earlier, it’s called Orconomics. This humorous novel reimagines the standard fantastical world of high-stakes adventuring through the lens of capitalism… to amusing affect.

She Dreams in Blood (The Obsidian Path #2) by Michael R. Fletcher - Book Review
05, Aug

She Dreams in Blood is the second, dark as fuck, novel in the Obsidian Path series by Michael Fletcher. As in the first book, content warnings galore should point the squeamish in another direction. This book moves beyond the antihero as a protagonist, pushing Khraen, the main character into uncharted waters. Our hero is a villain, plain and simple. But for those of us who are drawn to dark stories and narratives that plumb the depths of the human condition, the book is not only unique, but very compelling.

Pawn's Gambit (Mortal Techniques) by Rob J. Hayes - Book Review
22, Jul

Another fun, fantasy martial arts story reminiscent of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or The Forbidden Kingdom.

Pawn’s Gambit is the second novel by Rob J. Hayes set in the world of “Mortal Techniques.“ While it is not truly a sequel to Never Die!, this stand alone installment does reference characters and events from the first book in the setting. The novel was another fast paced and episodic adventure which fans of Asian-inspired fantasy, and martial arts Wuxia action with love.

Of Honey and Wildfires (The Songs of Sefate #1) by Sarah Chorn - Book Review
28, Jun

Disclaimer: Sarah Chorn is my editor. Thankfully this book was great so it didn't affect my review.   

Of Honey and Wildfires is an emotional wild west fantasy that swings for the fences. I had heard rave reviews about the novel before going in so I had high expectations…and I was not disappointed. This book is a great read for anyone who appreciates prose with a poetic flare and complex family dynamics.

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

Oof.

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?

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