The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson is classic heroic fantasy with a contemporary voice. Its brilliant characterizations stole my heart while the intrigue kept me turning the page.
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan turns urban fantasy epic. Set in a fully realized city with living nightmares, we experience a beautiful story about the corruption of power and the cost of friendship.
Ship of Smoke and Steel is an imaginative young adult fantasy tale. While at times predictable, the magic vs monster fights and the secrets of the ghost ship generate excitement and intrigue.
The Ruin of Kings is a bold and awe-inspiring work. It rattles the bones as it imprints upon the senses battles for the human soul and for ancient kingdoms. Behold a literary maelstrom that will devour you whole.
Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell is a little bit like an Old West spin on Harry Potter. It’s got the thrills of a Marvel movie, the intrigue of a Brent Weeks novel, and a pinch of paradoxical post modern sincerity to make it all mean something. It’s a dang good time to boot.
Chasing Graves masterfully combines gallows humor, deep word building, and compelling character centric narratives into a surprising and intriguing story. It dares to answer the question: How valuable is your life when you’re already dead?
Where Oblivion Lives resonates off the page with a song like no other. Teresa Frohock’s paper symphony plays this visually captivating, pulse-quickening story with the deepest feeling. It strikes upon the heart like a bow on a violin.
The Blackest Heart by Brian Lee Durfee is a 12 round heavyweight battle. Fights for survival and autonomy amidst unrelenting trauma and pulp adventure bind together this excellent grimdark epic fantasy that exceeds its predecessor on every level.
The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft is a five course meal served with impeccable timing and without pretense. Its irony never overcomes its empathy; its wisdom never subverts its mystery; and in the darkest corners of hearts and ringdoms, the light of hope is never extinguished.