Review of Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys. ★★★★ What a lovely novel. It took me a while to get into Winter Tide, but once I did, I enjoyed it immensely. Aphra and her brother Marsh are the only survivor of the government’s 1928 Innsmouth. In the desert camps, Aphra watched family, friends and neighbors die, far from the sea and the…

Review of Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones. ★★★★ I was reading a book that was super dark and heavy, and I realized that I needed something lighter instead. Scrolling through my Kindle, I found Daughter of Mystery. It seemed like it’d be just perfect for the moment. And it was. Daughter of Mystery is a historical fantasy novel with a…

Review of The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. ★★★★ This debut fantasy novel is truly splendid, embedding the 18th century Middle East with the magic of the djinn. Nahri is a con artist making her living on the streets of Cairo. While she knows some of the things she can do are not ordinary (she can perceive illness…

Throwback Thursday: The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gomez

The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez. ★★★ Trigger warning: sexual assault  This collection of black lesbian vampire stories is more focused on the idea of immortality than vampire lore. The Girl was born a slave in the American South. She escapes and is on the run when a slave catcher finds her and tries to rape her;…

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 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 Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Brimstone by Cherie Priest. ★★★ I’ve been following Cherie Priest’s work for years, so it was with not a little anticipation I picked up this newest outing from her. Unfortunately, I was expecting and desiring a historical fantasy story, but I found Brimstone to be more horror with a Southern Gothic twist. Alice Dartle is descended from a long line…

Review of Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Brother’s Ruin is the first in a planned series of historical fantasy novellas. Charlotte Gunn is the daughter of a lower middle income family in 1850 England. Her father barely scrapes by as an illustrator, but Charlotte has her own secret artistic career that she’s using to help her older brother pay…

Review of Long Hidden edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

Long Hidden edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older. ★★★ 1/2 Long Hidden is a speculative fiction anthology focusing on the those marginalized by history – people of color, queer people, disabled people, women, ect. The stories are set in different periods and locals throughout Earth’s history, and all of them involve some fantastical element. Long Hidden was…

Review of The Witch Who Came in from the Cold: Season One

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, Michael Swanwick.★★★★ The Witch Who Came in from the Cold mixes Cold War intrigue with urban fantasy to create a fantastic and original story. Before I say anything else, I should note that The Witch Who Came in from the…

Review of Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages. ★★★ 1/2 Trigger warning: Suicide Passing Strange is an enchanting tale of queer women and their love in 1940 San Francisco. This novella begins in the modern day, with an elderly woman named Helen retrieving a piece of artwork she had secreted away in an abandoned building. We soon find that the drawing…

Review of Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria. ★★★★1/2 I loved this book a lot more than I ever could have predicted. If you have any interest at all in a YA historical fantasy with a focus on female friendship, you should read this book. Ada Navarra and Corinne Wells are best of friends who preform together at the Cast Iron…