Review of Tremontaine: Season Two

Tremontaine: Season Two by Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Tessa Gratton, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Paul Witcover, Racheline Maltese, and Alaya Dawn Johnson. ★★★★ Tremontaine is a prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Riverside books (a series made up of three stand alone novels). However, you don’t have had to have read any of Kushner’s books to enjoy Tremontaine. I do suggest…

Review of The Fall of Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman

The Fall of Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. ★★★1/2 The Fall of Kings is chronologically the last novel set in Ellen Kushner’s Riverside. While it stands on its own, I would recommend starting with one of the other works – Tremontaine, Swordspoint or The Privilege of the Sword. In her novel Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner crafted a fantasy setting without magic,…

Review of A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman

A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman. ★★★★ A Little Knowledge is my favorite yet in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series. The series follows a large cast of characters to present a picture of the Split Worlds – the mundane human world, the fey world, and the Nether, the in between space filled with a fey controlled society reminiscent…

Review of All Is Fair by Emma Newman

All Is Fair by Emma Newman. ★★★1/2 All Is Fair is the third installment in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series. The Split Worlds imagines that the human world and the fay world have been separated, but in between them lies another realm, the Nether, which retains the hidebound trappings of Victorian society. The series mixes both urban fantasy and…

Review of Any Other Name by Emma Newman

Any Other Name by Emma Newman. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: drugging and rape Any Other Name is part two of the Split Worlds series. And you absolutely must have read the previous book, Between Two Thorns, first. This installment begins less than twenty-four hours after the end of the last book, and the plot is completely dependent on the last…

Review of Tremontaine: Season One

Tremontaine: The Complete Season One by Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltesse, and Patty Bryant. ★★★1/2 Tremontaine is the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint and also a story published through Serial Box, a service that provides serialized “episodes” of written stories somewhat in the manner of TV shows, with different authors writing each episode. The…

Review of Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Cathy comes from the Nether, the space between the Fae’s Exilium and the human’s Mundanus. While she had escaped the strict and hidebound society of the Nether, she’s now being dragged back in to face an arranged marriage. Meanwhile, Max, an Arbitrator who prevents Fae from entangling with Mundanus, is investigating…

Review of Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. ★★★★ Sorcerer to the Crown is an alternate history fantasy novel set in Regency England. Magic is running low in England, and many pin the blame on an easy target – Zacharias Wythe, the first ever Royal Sorcerer to be an African. Zacharias has to navigate political difficulties, a situation involving Malaysian…

Review of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. ★★★★1/2 I really enjoyed The Goblin Emperor! Maia is a half-goblin and the youngest son of the emperor of the elf lands. When his father and three older brothers die in an “accident,” Maia finds himself unexpectedly plunged into the role of emperor, for which he is almost completely unprepared.

Review of A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. ★★1/2 In short, there were not enough dragons. The basic premise of this book is that it is the memoir of an early adventure of a naturalist famed for her study of dragons, Lady Isabella Trent. Thus it includes asides by Isabella and references…

Review of A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer

A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer. ★★★ Although this is the sequel to A College of Magics, I don’t think you necessarily need to read them in order. However, I would advise it so that you have some of the concepts of the world explained in depth before you hit A Scholar of Magics. From the back…

Review of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. ★★★★ In 1806 magic is believed to be dead in England until a society of theoretical magicians uncovers Mr. Norrell, the first practicing magician of hundreds of years. Mr. Norrell is firmly in the public eye when another magician, Mr. Strange, emerges to become his student. Together, these very…