Review of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. ★★★★ A Memory Called Empire is sure to be one of the standout sci-fi debuts of 2019, and I can totally see where the comparisons to Ancillary Justice are coming from. Ambassador Mahit Dzmare’s small station wants to maintain its independence from the ever-ravenous Teixcalaanli Empire, which is constantly conquering and expanding…

Author Interview: K.A. Doore on The Perfect Assassin

Do you want a queer as heck fantasy book with assassins? Then you need to read The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore! The Perfect Assassin was released earlier this week, so no need to wait! Now, onwards to an interview with the fabulous author herself, K.A. Doore.

Waiting on Wednesday: Nocturna

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme where I post about an upcoming book that excites me. It’s currently hosted by the blog Wishful Endings. I’ve been following Nocturna by Maya Motayne since I saw it announced in Publisher’s Weekly. It’s a magical heist story, and you know how much I love those! Also, it’s a fantasy world…

Review of The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore. ★★★★ Like the sound of queer fantasy assassins? Then The Perfect Assassin is the book for you. Amastan’s family has an important place in the city of Ghadid. They protect it from the shadows, assassinating criminals who need to be taken care of quietly. Amastan has just earned his place as the…

Review of The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst

The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★★ I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy, so I was obviously up for this stand-alone novel set in the same world. The islands of Belene precariously exist in a sea of nature spirits, all of them inimical to humankind and held back only by the…

Author Interview: Zen Cho on The True Queen

I absolutely adored Zen Cho’s debut novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, and do you know what? Her follow-up, The True Queen, is just as good if not better. So I’m honored to bring you an interview with the marvelous Zen Cho!

Waiting on Wednesday: Shatter the Sky

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme where I post about an upcoming book that excites me. It’s currently hosted by the blog Wishful Endings. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells is a YA fantasy book with a queer female protagonist… and dragons!!! The early reviewers are saying great things, and I want to read…

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction of Color edited by Nisi Shawl. ★★★ I was excited about the anthology New Suns, but I ended up disappointed. This anthology has so many great authors. Unfortunately, the stories never reached the level of “great.” It’s a risk you run with every anthology since not even wonderful authors hit it out of…

Review of The True Queen by Zen Cho

The True Queen by Zen Cho. ★★★★ Do you want a delightful and charming Regency-era fantasy novel with a diverse cast and a f/f romance subplot? A story focused on sisterhood? Dragons with manners? Then you need to read The True Queen, a loose follow-up to Zen Cho’s previous novel, Socerer to the Crown! Muna and Sakti…