Review of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. ★★★1/2 TW: Attempted suicide I don’t know quite what to think of Middlegame. I read the first 60% or so in one huge burst… but then it took me forever to finish the last part of the book. An alchemist named Reed has a plan to rule the world. All he has to do…

Review of Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Finder by Suzanne Palmer. ★★★★ TW: Suicide A Scottish, interstellar repo man encounters mysterious alien spaceships, Martian weapons dealers, a family of near identical women and more in this wonderful debut from the Hugo-Award-winning Suzanne Palmer. Fergus Ferguson is a finder, sent to retrieve stolen items. His latest job? Steal back the spaceship Venetia’s Sword from ganglord Arum…

Review of Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. ★★★★ TW: Parental death My main impression of Descendant of the Crane was of a very solid YA fantasy debut that was enjoyable if not incredible… and then the plot twists hit and I was like “WOAH.” I am 100% planning on reading the sequel! When Princess Hesina of Yan finds…

Review of The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. ★★★★ When I was reading this, I was seriously thinking that it feels like a (100% queerer) version of Annhilation crossed with something like Sandra Bullock’s Gravity… and then I saw that was the official comp! So I apparently wasn’t alone in thinking that. I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about The Luminous…

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…

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…

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…

Review of Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve. ★★★★ Do you want a YA novel about a lesbian werewolf and a genderqueer zombie becoming friends? You bet you do! And Out of Salem is just that book! In a horrible accident, Z’s entire family died. And so did they. Only, they’re still walking. Z’s looking at a new, uncertain future…

Review of The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie. ★★★★1/2 The Raven Tower is bound to be one of the most phenomenal fantasy novels of 2019. If you’re not familiar with Ann Leckie’s work, her science fiction series (starting with Ancillary Justice) swept the award season when it debuted. WIth The Raven Tower, she turns her hand to fantasy, and the result…