Review of The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang. ★★★★1/2 TW: suicide ideation I loved this little novella. It’s got awesome things like giant raptors and flying nagas, but the real reason I love this story is the deep emotional heart of the protagonist overcoming her grief and choosing to live after the death of her daughter. I…

Review of Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman

Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Weaver’s Lament is the second installment in a series of novellas set in a fantastical alternate history, where magic meets Victorian England. If your not familiar with the series, the first book is Brother’s Ruin. I would suggest reading the series in order. When Charlotte receives a letter from her brother Ben begging…

Review of A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell

A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell. ★★★1/2 A Long Day in Lychford is the third in Paul Cornell’s Witches of Lychford series, a group of novellas that center on three women in a small town in rural England’s Cotswalds. Although each novella has its own plot line, I suggest reading them in order due to the…

Review of The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: sexual harassment, physical and emotional abuse The Last Namsara is a well written YA fantasy debut. Although I found the romance subplot problematic, I would guess that this book will be a big hit. Asha is the Iskari, the feared weapon and dragon slayer of her father the king….

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 Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng. ★★★★1/2 Under the Pendulum Sun is a darkly enchanting, Gothic tale of the fae. In an alternate version of nineteenth century England, trade has been established with Arcadia, the realm of the fae. And among those heading to Arcadia are Christian missionaries, one of whom is Catherine Helston’s brother Laon. But as…

Review of An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. ★★★1/2 An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is a well written YA fantasy debut, even if it does follow some familiar patterns. Additionally, I predict that this story will appeal to fans of Holly Black. The fae cannot create themselves, so they love mortals’ crafts. The rising star of mortal…

Throwback Thursday: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. ★★★★ Trigger warning: attempted rape This fantasy novel is beautiful and lyrical, a classic reminiscent of The Last Unicorn. One thing’s for certain: I need to read more books by Patricia A. McKillip. Sybel has spent her entire life on Eld mountain, mostly in solitude except for the marvelous…

Throwback Thursday: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold. ★★★★ Paladin of Souls is a loose sequel to The Curse of Chalion, an epic fantasy novel. However, both books stand alone, and you don’t really need to have read The Curse of Chalion to read Paladin of Souls, which feels less like epic fantasy in some ways. I guess technically the fate of the…

Review of Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone

Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone. ★★★★ Max Gladstone returns to the world of his Craft Sequence and especially the character of Kai, a protagonist in the prior novel Full Fathom Five. While there are references to the events of that novel, the plot stands on its own. I don’t know if it’s the first book I’d suggest…

Review of Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett.  ★★★1/2 Even the Darkest Star is a debut fantasy YA novel that takes place in a setting inspired by the Himalayan mountains with a mountain climbing heroine. While it suffers from some predictable YA tropes (think love triangles), I think there’s a lot of people who would enjoy it. Kamzin’s mother…

Review of After the Crown by K.B. Wagers

After the Crown by K.B. Wagers. ★★★ I had a lot of fun with the fist book in the series, Behind the Throne. By comparison, this second book felt like running head first into a brick wall. I lost all sense of fun I had from the first book and had to slog my way through. I spent…