Review of Quietus by Tristan Palmgren

Quietus by Tristan Palmgren. ★★★ Quietus is a debut novel that combines historical fiction with science fiction. It has some elements I appreciated, but ultimately, I wasn’t wowed by it. Habidah, an anthropologist from another dimension, has been sent to our world, during the Black Death’s sweep over Europe. Her own home, a set of alternate realities bound…

Review of Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault (not shown), infant death, suicidal thoughts, slut shaming While Tess of the Road is set in the same world as Seraphina, it is an independent story that stands by itself. Actually, you might enjoy it more if you don’t go in expecting it to be like Seraphina; for Tess of the…

Review of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. ★★1/2 TW: attempted sexual assault Sometimes when I venture in YA fantasy, I find an amazing story. More likely, I end up being disappointed. Such as it was with The Belles. In the kingdom of Orléans, nothing is more important than beauty. But beauty isn’t something you’re born with — unless you’re a Belle….

Review of Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra. ★★★ Markswoman is a debut fantasy novel with a bit of a science fiction twist to the world building. I was drawn to the premise involving an order of all female assassins. However, while it was an all right read, it ultimately didn’t live up to my hopes. Markswoman opens with Kyra being sent on…

Review of Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells

Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells. ★★★★ I really loved Alex Well’s space punk, biker, science fantasy novel Hunger Makes the Wolf. It was truly one of a kind, involving so many different elements yet forming a seamless whole. I’m happy to say that Blood Binds the Pack is a fitting sequel. Note before I dive into the review…

Review of Moonshine by Jasmine Gower

Moonshine by Jasmine Gower. ★★1/2 Moonshine is a debut fantasy novel inspired by the roaring twenties. Daisy wants to be the perfect embodiment of the Modern Girl, stylish and independent. However, she also uses arcana — and magic is outlawed in Soot City. When mercenaries start targeting magicians, Daisy will find herself right in the middle of the…

Review of The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun. ★★★1/2 The Tree is the sequel to urban fantasy/portal fantasy hybrid novel, The Root. Like a lot of series, this one needs to be read in order! Trust me, you’ll be so confused otherwise. Earth is at war, but most of humanity doesn’t know it yet. Demonic beings from an alternate dimension, Corpiliu, have…

Review of Tremontaine: “A City’s Favor”

Tremontaine: “A City’s Favor” by Racheline Maltese, Tessa Gratton, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Ellen Kushner, and Paul Witcover. Season three, episode 13. Welcome to the final episode of Tremontaine, season three. It’s been one heck of a ride, and I’m going to miss these weekly posts. Before I get too weepy about the end of the…

Review of The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler

The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler. ★★★★1/2 The last book in Wexler’s Shadow Campaign series, The Infernal Battalion doesn’t disappoint. Look. I can’t talk about The Infernal Battalion without talking about the previous books. The series starts with The Thousand Names, and it only improves from there. It’s a military fantasy series that is super great about including queer characters and female…

Review of Tremontaine: “Surrounded” by Joel Derfner

Tremontaine: “Surrounded” by Joel Derner. Season three, episode 12. “Surrounded” may very well be my favorite episode of season three. Unless episode thirteen pulls out some really spectacular moves, that is. The action of “Surrounded” centers around an attack on Rafe’s school.  The university students who’ve been graffiti his walls and breaking his windows have…

Review of Robots vs. Fairies Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. ★★★★ After The Starlit Wood, I had high expectations for any anthology edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Thankfully, Robots vs. Fairies lived up to those expectations. In this anthology, authors are asked whether they’re Team Robot or Team Fairy. Each writes a story involving robots or fairies (or…

Review of Tremontaine: “Dragon Rampant” by Karen Lord

Tremontaine: “Dragon Rampant” by Karen Lord. Season three, episode 11. “Dragon Rampant” opens with a funeral for an unnamed person of great importance before flashing back two weeks. Florian’s father wants justice for his son’s brutal beating. He appears utterly unaware of what Florian’s been up to and why he might have been targeted. Anyway,…