Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell. ★★★★
Lychford is a sleepy English hamlet currently divided by the proposal of the addition of a new supermarket. However, dark forces are at work behind the supermarket, and only Judith Mawson, local crabby old lady, knows that Lychford is the key point at the boundaries between worlds… and those boundaries are growing weaker.
However, Judith does not find herself alone in her quest to save Lychford and thus the world. To aid her, she has the help of the village reverend, Lizzie, and the purveyor of the town’s New Age supply shop, Amber. Together, these three women will fight to save Lychford.
Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★
Memories of Ash is a full, novel length sequel to the YA fantasy novella Sunbolt. In my review of Sunbolt, I noted that I was waiting to see where the sequels would take the series. Well it was worth the wait! Memories of Ash was even better than the first installment. It’s so much of what I want in a fantasy novel – a focus on adventure rather than romance, amazing world building, and a clever and kindhearted heroine.
While I suggest reading Sunbolt before Memories of Ash, you might be able to go into it without having read the novella. But why would you? Sunbolt is a lot of fun. Anyway, it was over two years since I’d read Sunbolt, and I didn’t find myself getting confused. Do note that there will be spoilers for the novella in the rest of this review.
Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen. ★★★1/2
Conspiracy of Ravens is the sequel to Lila Bowen’s weird Western fantasy novel, Wake of Vultures. While I would suggest reading the books in order, the plots are such that you could feasibly get away with reading Conspiracy of Ravens first. However, you would be missing out on the ongoing character arcs. This review will contain spoilers for the first book, so read at your own risk.
Judgment at Verdant Court by M.C. Planck. ★★★1/2
Judgment at Verdant Court is book three in the World of Prime series, which I highly recommend reading in order. The first book is Sword of the Bright Lady, and the general hook is that a man from our world is dropped into a fantasy world that strongly resembles a fantasy RPG. If that sounds like your brand of nerdiness, I’d suggest checking the first book out. Forewarning, the rest of this review may contain spoilers for the first two books.
I’ve come across the #DiversityDecBingo challenge and I have some suggestions for anyone else looking to participate! Also, there’s several categories where I could use some help, and I would welcome some suggestions from everyone else.
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics by Jason Porath. ★★★★
Several years ago I stumbled across the blog Rejected Princesses. Jason Porath, a former animator at Dreamworks, one day had a conversation about what women were too out there to ever become a Disney princess movie. The result was Rejected Princesses, a blog full of illustrated entries of women from history and folklore. This book collects twenty entries from the website plus eighty entirely new entries, the vast majority of whom I’d never heard of before.
Hello everyone! This month I actually finished reading every book I started, so there won’t be the usual DNF round up. However I’ll still go over what I read in November and what reviews you’ll be seeing in December.