Review of The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie. ★★★★1/2 The Raven Tower is bound to be one of the most phenomenal fantasy novels of 2019. If you’re not familiar with Ann Leckie’s work, her science fiction series (starting with Ancillary Justice) swept the award season when it debuted. WIth The Raven Tower, she turns her hand to fantasy, and the result…

Review of No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll. ★★★ Like most short story collections, No Man of Woman Born is uneven. I really enjoyed a couple of stories and others were “eh.” No Man of Woman Born is a fantasy short story collection featuring trans and nonbinary protagonists. The majority of stories in the collection deal with gender-specific prophecies…

Review of The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards. ★★★★ TW: Sexual Assualt, Anorexia I’m so so glad I listened to everyone telling me to read The Last Sun. It’s a stunningly imaginative urban fantasy novel with characters I came to care deeply about. The best comparison I can think of is Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence crossed with Ilona Andrews’…

Review of Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria. ★★★★ I knew anything by Destiny Soria would be amazing, and Beneath the Citadel did not disappoint. It’s kind of like a queer, young adult version of Lies of Locke Lamora. The city of Eldra is ruled by prophecies, and the high council’s control over the prophecies is what lets them maintain power….

Queer SFF in 2018

I thought it would be fun to do a review of what queer SFF books I read in 2018 and just the general state of queer SFF this year. I asked on Twitter whether people would prefer to see this reflection broken up by identities or genres, and genres it was! Before I get into…

Review of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab. ★★★★ Vengeful had everything I liked about Vicious, Schwab’s dark superhero tale, and even improved in some ways upon the sequel. Before I get into this review, just a quick note that you really should read Vicious before Vengeful. This review will contain spoilers for the ending of Vicious, so read at your own risk. At the end…

Review of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault, violence Young adult fantasy meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this explosive new novel. Not only that, but did I mention that it’s queer? Lei is a human girl, the lowest caste in a kingdom ruled by demons. Years ago, her mother was stolen by the royal guards,…

Review of Mutiny at Vesta by R.E. Stearns

Mutiny at Vesta by R.E. Stearns. ★★★1/2 Mutiny at Vesta is the sequel to Barbary Station, a sci-fi novel where badass lesbian space pirates fight a rogue AI. While you could theoretically read Mutiny at Vesta without having read Barbary Station first, I still suggest picking up Barbary Station. Also, there’s legit no way I can avoid spoilers for Barbary Station in this review. You have…

Review of In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★★ I’ve been telling everyone I know about In the Vanishers’ Palace, a f/f retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”… with dragons! So get ready for a really excited review. Yên is a failed scholar in a harsh world. She and her mother are barely accepted in their village community for…

Review of Daughters of a Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby

Daughters of the Forgotten Light. ★★1/2 Do you ever read a book and feel like you might have liked the storyline better if it was written by someone else? That’s sort of what I felt about Daughters of Forgotten Light. In a future devastated by an unexpected ice age and constant war over resources, mothers have total…