Review of Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. ★★★1/2 I saw the words “gender fluid assassin” and was sold. I immediately requested an ARC, even though I already had a number of other books to read. Then I saw the back blurb comparing it to Throne of Glass, and I started getting nervous. I hated Throne of Glass. Turns out, I…

Review of Rapture by Kameron Hurley

Rapture by Kameron Hurley. ★★★★ Rapture is a satisfying end to Kameron Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy. If you’re at all a fan of gritty science fiction with world building that examines gender roles or complicated female anti-heroes, you need to pick up the first book, God’s War, right away. Rapture takes place seven years after Infidel. Nyx has gone into retirement…

Review of Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Hogfather is the twentieth book in the Discworld series, and the fourth following Death. However, I think it’s one you can probably pick up even if you’ve read none of the others. In Hogfather, Pratchett satirizes the commercial and secular phenomena of Christmas – namely Santa Claus, who’s Discworld equivalent is the Hogfather, a…

Review of Yendi by Steven Brust

Yendi by Steven Brust. ★★★ Yendi is set sometime before the events of Jhereg. The books are independent and can be read in any order. Vlad Taltos, the protagonist and narrator, is a member of House Jhereg, which seems to be the criminal organization of this world. Vlad controls his own area of the city, but another member…

Review of Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. ★★★1/2 Pyramids is a stand alone and the seventh book in the Discworld series. It’s also always been one of my least favorites. I would recommend starting with Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, The Wee Free Men or Small Gods instead. Teppic was sent off to be trained as an assassin in Ankh-Morpork, but now his father’s dead and he’s the pharaoh…

Review of Infidel by Kameron Hurley

Infidel by Kameron Hurley. ★★★★ Infidel is the sequel to God’s War and takes place six years after it. I recommend reading God’s War first, but it is not unfeasible to read Infidel without having read God’s War. However, you will have missed out on the world building introduced in the first book and may have difficulty catching up. From the back cover:…

Review of God’s War by Kameron Hurley

God’s War by Kameron Hurley. ★★★1/2 Opening line: “Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen, on the edge of the desert.” I really liked this one, but a few issues hold it back from being a four star or higher book. The planet of Umayma has been settled for roughly three thousand years. For the…

Review of Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. ★★★★ This is the second book in the Farseer trilogy, the story of the kingdom of the Six Duchies and FitzChiverly, the bastard son of a prince who is trained as an assassin. To read Royal Assassin, you really need to have read the first book,  Assassin’s Apprentice. 

Review of Jhereg by Steven Brust

Jhereg by Steven Brust. ★★★ 1/2 Vlad Taltos is a human assassin working for the House of Jhereg. Near the start of the book, he receives a very difficult and unusual contract for a former member of the Jhereg Council who ran off with nine million of the House’s funds. What follows is a twisty puzzle set…