Review of Wizards at War by Diane Duane

Wizards at War by Diane Duane. ★★★★★ Wow, this book was intense. Remember how I complained that in the seventh book of The Young Wizard series the plot took forever to take off? The eighth book pulls no punches, and the tension’s there from the very first chapter. You definitely need to have read the prior books…

Review of The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane

The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane. ★★★★★ To what lengths would you go to save someone you love? I cried while I read this book. Actually, just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. The Wizard’s Dilemma is a book with a lot of emotional difficulty to it, but that’s part of what makes it so powerful. The…

Review of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. ★★★★★ Through the Woods is a hauntingly beautiful collection of five short stories told through Emily Carroll’s stunning artwork. I borrowed a copy from a friend, but this is the sort of book that I desperately want to go out and get my own copy of so that I can cherish it…

Review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book following Tiffany Aching, a young witch. While the plot of I Shall Wear Midnight is completely separate, I would suggest reading the earlier books, which start with The Wee Free Men, so you can see how Tiffany ages over the course of the series (so…

Review of In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente

In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★★★ In the Cities of Coin and Spice is the sequel to In the Night Garden, which you really must read first. In fact, I think they’re more of one book split into two parts than sequels. I’d definitely recommend reading them close together – I was wishing…

Review of Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Tiffany Aching, the protagonist of The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, is now almost thirteen and working for Miss Treason, a hundred and seventeen year old witch. When Miss Treason and Tiffany go to watch the dark Morris dance, where summer gives way to winter, the unprecedented happens: Tiffany, for reasons…

Review of Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Thud! by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ I love Thud!. It’s one of my favorite Discworld novels, right up there with Night Watch. However, it is the seventh Discworld novel following Vimes, so you’d be better off starting with Guards! Guards! if you haven’t read the rest of his arc. Or if you’re more generally wanting an introduction to the Discworld, you could…

Review of Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Going Postal is the thirty-third Discworld novel and a fairly good one to start with as it follows a new character. There’s some references to other characters, but new readers should have no trouble keeping up. Moist von Lipwig is a conman and a thief, and he’s about to die. But when…

Review of Last First Snow by Max Gladstone

Last First Snow by Max Gladstone. ★★★★★ Last First Snow was amazing. Is Max Gladstone getting better with each book he writes? It sure feels like it. Forty years ago the world was changed forever during the God Wars, and the city of Dresediel Lex was either conquered or liberated, depending on who you ask. The King in Red,…

Review of A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ A Hat Full of Sky is the second book in the Tiffany Aching series, a subseries of the Discworld books. While I don’t think you have to read The Wee Free Men prior to reading A Hat Full of Sky, I would encourage it. Tiffany Aching now is eleven years old and…