Review of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. ★★★★ There are two things I really love: fantasy settings and heist stories. So when it comes to fantasy heist stories, I’m obviously primed to enjoy them. And wow, has this series been great. Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows, which you absolutely must read first. There’s really no way for…

Review of Ariah by B.R. Sanders

Ariah by B. R. Sanders. ★★★★1/2 Ariah is a fantasy bildungsroman, the coming of age story of a young elf in a predominately human city. It’s intensely character focused and uses it’s fantasy setting to address issues of gender and sexuality. It’s a story about home, love, identity, and family, and I’m not sure my review will be…

Review of An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows. ★★★★ An Accident of Stars is a queer feminist portal fantasy told from the point of views of four female characters. Saffron is a high school student in Australia who follows a strange woman through a portal and enters another world, Kena. While born on earth, Gwen has been traveling to…

Review of The Devourers by Indra Das

The Devourers by Indra Das. ★★★★ Trigger warning: rape The task of reviewing The Devourers is daunting. It’s a more literary novel than most of the SFF stories I review here, and it’s a very complex novel. It’s a story that deserves essays and thematic analysis more than a relatively brief, mostly spoiler-free review. The Devourers was not an easy book…

Review of The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★1/2 While there were elements of The House of Shattered Wings that I enjoyed, it never fully worked for me. I never felt much of a connection to any of the characters, and the plot wasn’t compelling enough to make up for that absence. House Silverspires is on the decline. Like…

Review of The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells

The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells. ★★★★ The Edge of Worlds is the fourth book in Martha Well’s amazingly inventive Raksura series, which starts with The Cloud Roads. This is a world without humans, and most of the cast are scaled shape shifters. I would suggest starting from the beginning of the series, to get better handle on…

Review of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. ★★★★1/2 I was incredibly excited for the release of The Raven King, the fourth and last book in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle (starts with The Raven Boys). I had so many questions for this book. Basically, I was hyped. While it may have been impossible for any book to live up to that level…

Review of The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott

The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott. ★★★ When she was nine years old, Mio Yamato’s grandfather showed her an ancient katana hidden in the family attic and told her that it must remain hidden. Despite his warning, when she’s fifteen Mio decides that the sword will make the perfect accessory for a costume party. Now the reappearance of…

Review of Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear

Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear. ★★★1/2 Steles of the Sky is the final book in the epic fantasy series the Eternal Sky, which starts with Range of Ghosts. Temur is raising his banner as Great Khan and gathering allies against the plot to raise an ancient evil. Thankfully, the synopsis for Steles of the Sky differed from the formula set…

Review of The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson. ★★★ I will freely admit that the primary motive for my reading is entertainment. And whatever sort of literary merit The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps has, I don’t think it works on an entertainment level, or at least for me anyway. Demane’s demigod, descended from the people who came…

Review of Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★★ Misborn: Secret History is a surprise novella released alongside The Bands of Mourning. It contains huge, massive, epic spoilers for the original Mistborn trilogy! DO NOT READ THIS NOVELLA IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE ORIGINAL MISTBORN NOVELS! Seriously, don’t do it! In fact, you probably shouldn’t even read it until after you’ve…

Review of Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear

Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear. ★★★1/2 Shattered Pillars is the second book in Bear’s Eternal Sky series, which starts with Range of Ghosts, an epic fantasy series with a setting based off Central Asia. You will need to read the first book before picking up Shattered Pillars, but there are no spoilers for the first book in this review. Temur is…