Review of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. ★★★★ TW: physical abuse In short, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is the origin story of the evil Queen from “Snow White,” set in an East Asian inspired fantasy world. So if a YA fantasy with a complex anti-heroine at it’s center sounds like you’re sort of thing, then you…

Throwback Thursday: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. ★★★ Before anything else, I’ve got to talk about the context in which I read The Golden Compass. I’m course tutoring a first year seminar on gender and leadership in YA fantasy, and I completed all the assigned readings so I’d best be able to help the students with their papers….

Review of Tremontaine: “Blur of Bright Water” by Tessa Gratton

Tremontaine: “A Blur of Bright Water” by Tessa Gratton. Season three, episode 10. Tremontaine is a fantasy of manners serial story with a queer cast. In this episode, there is much ado about Florian. Okay, so I’m not a Florian fan. And honestly, even within Tremontaine, I don’t think anyone actually likes Florian. Rafe used to, but…

Review of Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron

Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron. ★★★ Sea of Strangers is the sequel to Erica Cameron’s YA, survival oriented fantasy Island of Exiles. This is a series you definitely need to read in order, so head on over to my review of Island of Exiles if you’re not familiar with it. While  Sea of Strangers had a bit of middle-of-the-trilogy slump, this is…

Review of Tremontaine: “Sword and Spirit” by Karen Lord

Tremontaine: Sword and Spirit by Karen Lord. Season three, episode 9. I really loved this episode! We’re getting towards the end of the season, and things are heating up. I’m going to start with Kaab, since her story line is still a mostly separate from the rest of the cast (side note — I wonder…

Fall Exams Hiatus

Hi everyone! This is just a quick post to let you know The Illustrated Page is going to be on hiatus this week. I’ll be posting my Tremontaine review as usual, but otherwise there won’t be any more reviews until after Sunday, since I want to focus on finishing up the academic semester. Best, Sarah

Review of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. ★★★★ The Language of Thorns is a collection of six, gorgeously illustrated short stories. While all these stories are set in the same world as Leigh Bardugo’s novels, you absolutely don’t have to have read them to enjoy this collection. In fact, The Language of Thorns might be a good place to start…

Review of Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak. ★★★ Where the Stars Rise is a short story anthology that didn’t quite meet my high expectations. Where the Stars Rise collects twenty-three short stories from authors living in Asia or who are part of the Asian diaspora. I was already familiar…

November 2017 Recap

Hello everyone! November was a pretty good reading month for me, even if I’m falling behind on reviews some.

Review of Tremontaine: “Behind the Mask” by Joel Derfner

Tremontaine: “Behind the Mask” by Joel Derfner. Season three, episode 8. Lots happens in this newest episode of Tremontaine, the queer fantasy of manners story from Serial Box. First off, someone tried to kill Tess. That’s literally how the episode opens. Luckily, Tess lived through it, but it puts a whole new degree of urgency into…