Review of City of Lies by Sam Hawke

City of Lies by Sam Hawke. ★★★★ City of Lies will likely be one of my top debut novels of 2018. It’s an incredibly well written fantasy novel that has everything I love about fantasy and also feels like a breath of fresh air. The comparisons to Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik are not off base… but I…

Review of The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst

The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★1/2 The Queen of Sorrow is the final book in Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy, which you should really read in order. If you’re not familiar with the books, they’re fantasy where humans struggle to survive in a world dominated by cruel and capricious nature spirits. The characters are adults…

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 The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★★1/2 The Stone Sky is a phenomenal end to one of the best fantasy trilogies I’ve ever read. Seriously, this series is amazing. If you haven’t read The Fifth Season (aka book one), then you need to get on that right now. And yes, this is a series you need to read in…

Review of Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★★1/2 Oathbringer is another spectacular installment in one of my all time favorite epic fantasy series. The Stormlight Archive starts with The Way of Kings, which you need to have read (along with the second book, Words of Radiance) before you pick up Oathbringer. I love this series. It’s got excellent ideas, world building, characters, and it’s…

Throwback Thursday: The Riven Shield by Michelle West

The Riven Shield by Michelle West. ★★★ Trigger warning: rape I have returned to Michelle West’s Sun Sword series! This epic fantasy series starts with The Broken Crown and contains plenty of well written female characters. It’s also got what I think of as an older fantasy book style, with fairly dense prose, tons of characters, and battles between…

Review of The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear. ★★★1/2 The Stone in the Skull is the start of a sequel trilogy to Bear’s epic fantasy series that began with Range of Ghosts. However, you do not need to be at all familiar with the previous series. The Stone in the Skull takes place over fifty years later and has an almost…

Review of The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan. ★★★ The Bloodprint is the start to a new epic fantasy series with Middle Eastern cultural influences. Arian’s homeland has been overtaken by the Talisman, a new organization that promotes an ideology of fear, ignorance, hatred of difference, and misogyny. As Companions of Hira, Arian and her friend Sinna are some of…

Review of The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★★ While you can theoretically read The Reluctant Queen as a stand alone, I suggest reading Queen of Blood first. Six months ago, Daleina became queen after all the other viable heirs were killed by the spirits. Now, she’s dying. A diagnosis of a fatal disease gives her three months to find an heir…

Review of The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells

The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells. ★★★★ The fourth Raksura book, The Edge of Worlds, left off on a cliffhanger. The Harbors of the Sun, the fifth and final Raksura book, picked up where it left off. To read The Harbors of the Sun, you need to have at least read The Edge of Worlds, if not have started…