Review of Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee. ★★★★ What am I going to do with my life now that this series is over? I suppose I’m left with no choice but to read everything else Yoon Ha Lee ever writes. Revenant Gun is the third and final book in Lee’s  military space opera, The Machineries of Empire trilogy. I…

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly

Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly. ★★★★ In this stunning sequel, Lara Elena Donnelly returns to the shadowy world of her debut novel Amberlough. Be forewarned, I can’t entirely avoid spoilers for Amberlough. Armistice takes place three years after Amberlough, when the Ospies (a fascist regime) have succeeded in taking over Gedda. Armistice follows three expats from Gedda in a nearby country, Porachis: Aristide, Cordelia,…

Review of Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller. ★★★★ Blackfish City is an incredibly immersive science fiction novel that’s likely to be one of my favorite books of 2018. In an ecologically devastated future, floating cities are created to house refugees from flooded nations. One such city is Qaanaaq, situated near the Arctic Circle. The city is governed mainly by various…

Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. ★★★1/2 The night of the Raid, magic disappeared and the king took the chance to kill all mages, including Zélie Adebola’s mother. Zélie and other diviners (mage-born children who’s magic has not woken) were left orphaned and brutally oppressed. Any diviner who cannot pay the ever increasing diviner specific taxes…

Review of Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron

Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ As the last in a five book series, I would not suggest coming into Last Dragon Standing unfamiliar with the preceding books. Although Last Dragon Standing didn’t entirely live up to my expectations, the Heartstriker series remains one of my favorite urban fantasy series out there. If you haven’t read it, I would strongly…

Review of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. ★★★1/2 Are you interested in a f/f horror novel with killer mermaids? Then Into the Drowning Deep is the book for you! The Atargatis set off into the Pacific to film a fake, entertainment purposes documentary about mermaids. Unfortunately, the ones they found were all to real. Everyone aboard the Atargatis was…

Review of Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey

Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ Are you reading the Expanse series? Yes? Good. No? Well, maybe you should reconsider. Seven books in, and the Expanse is still going strong. A lot of times series start to loose their way or collapse under their own weight. But the Expanse clearly has an end goal in mind,…

Review of Quietus by Tristan Palmgren

Quietus by Tristan Palmgren. ★★★ Quietus is a debut novel that combines historical fiction with science fiction. It has some elements I appreciated, but ultimately, I wasn’t wowed by it. Habidah, an anthropologist from another dimension, has been sent to our world, during the Black Death’s sweep over Europe. Her own home, a set of alternate realities bound…

Review of A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ It’s official: The Heartstriker series is one of my all-time favorite urban fantasy series. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, please do yourself a favor and start with the first book, Nice Dragons Finish Last. A Dragon of a Different Color is the fourth book in the series, and you’d…

Review of The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun. ★★★1/2 The Tree is the sequel to urban fantasy/portal fantasy hybrid novel, The Root. Like a lot of series, this one needs to be read in order! Trust me, you’ll be so confused otherwise. Earth is at war, but most of humanity doesn’t know it yet. Demonic beings from an alternate dimension, Corpiliu, have…

Review of No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished solidifies my love for this urban fantasy series. I went out and got the fourth book practically as soon as I finished. This book is the third installment in the series (go to Nice Dragons Finish Last if you’re just starting), and it’s a series you really…

Review of Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ While it doesn’t match the intensity of Nemesis Games, Babylon’s Ashes is another solid entry into the Expanse series. If you’re unfamiliar with the Expanse, it’s a space opera where humanity has colonized Mars and the asteroid belt. Political intrigue, war, and some extraterrestrial discoveries make this a very exciting series. I’ve been…