Review of The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember. ★★★ I wanted to read The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, so when I saw she had another book on Netgalley, I went and requested it. Lesson learned: when you want to read one book by an author, don’t pick up a completely different book instead. You’d think this would be obvious, but…

Review of Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer

Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer. ★★★ This short fiction collection contains some of Naomi Kritzer’s short stories from 2011 or before. Unfortunately, I think I prefer her more recent short fiction. That said, I enjoyed seeing her progress as an author. A lot of the stories in the collection involve religion…

Review of The New Voices of Fantasy Edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman. ★★★★ What a great collection! The New Voices of Fantasy is a collection of recent (2010 or later) fantasy short stories by emerging authors, as selected by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn. I picked the collection up because I already recognized some of…

Review of The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova. ★★★1/2 I have no idea why I didn’t like The Alchemists of Loom more. It has a lot of the elements I want out of a book… but for whatever reason, it just never landed. Once Loom was a free world, but then it was conquered by the Dragons in the world…

Review of Bookburners: The Complete Season Two

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Brian Francis Slattery, Andrea Phillips, Mur Lafferty, and Amal El-Mohtar. ★★★★ I’ve finally caught up with season two of Bookburners! This urban fantasy series by Max Gladstone is a Serial Box story. Serial Box creates serial fiction akin to television seasons. Various different “episodes” make up seasons. Each episode has it’s own…

Review of Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. ★★★1/2 At last, the fifth book in The Queen’s Thief series! While this book can theoretically be read independently, the previous books are good too so why not start with them? The series starts with The Thief, but the second book, The Queen of Attolia, remains my favorite. After the debacle in…

Review of Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. ★★★★ While this is a prequel to Every Heart a Doorway, it can be read independently. This review will not contain spoilers for Every Heart a Doorway. Jack and Jill’s parents think of their children mainly as accessories, the perfect additions to their lifestyle. They decide early on what each…

Review of Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. ★★★1/2 I enjoyed Our Dark Duet less than I did its predecessor, This Savage Song, but I can’t tell if that’s on me or the book. Kate Harker has made a new life outside of Verity, hunting monsters. But a new and dangerous breed of monster will send her back hunting back to the…

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 Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle

The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle. ★★★★ What a delightful story! The village of Styesville believes that they’re in need of a knight to solve their dragon problem. But the solution to their problem arrives largely unnoticed: Dea, a faerie godmother’s apprentice drawn by the rumors of dragons. She soon realizes that there’s something more…

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…

Review of City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: abuse I picked up City of Strife because I heard it was a second world fantasy that had a lot of aro and ace characters. Turns out the entire main cast is queer! In the city of Isandor, merchant families vie for power. But a new threat looms… The Myrian Empire…