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 The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. ★★★1/2 The Collapsing Empire is a promising start to a new space opera series. Relative to the rest of the genre, it’s also fairly short and easy to read. In the future, far flung human settlements are united by one thing: the Flow. While not well understood by scientists, the Flow is…

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 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 Persona by Genevieve Valentine

Persona by Genevieve Valentine. ★★★ Persona‘s a near future thriller that just never grabbed my interest. In Valentine’s version of the future, each country has a Face, a celebrity ambassador who represents in the country in the media but doesn’t actually get to make decisions. Suyana’s the face of United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation, a young country that desperately needs…

Review of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden. ★★★1/2 The Prey of Gods combines futuristic South Africa with hallucinogenic drugs, ancient demi-goddesses, and AI revolts. It’s an eclectic collection that makes for a truly unique science fiction story. The best comparison I can think of is Neil Gaiman crossed with Lauren Beukes. Sydney’s a demi-goddess who thrives off…

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…

Review of Black Wolves by Kate Elliot

Black Wolves by Kate Elliott. ★★★★ Trigger Warning: Rape This may be my favorite read yet from Kate Elliott, and I have the feeling that this trilogy will become one of my all time epic fantasy series. If non-Western epic fantasy with loads of ladies who do things sounds like something you’d like, then you need to…

Review of Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. ★★★★ I’ve always loved science fiction mysteries, and Six Wakes did not disappoint. Maria Arena is a clone. Whenever she dies, she wakes up in a new body with memories from whenever she last downloaded them. But now Maria has awaken in a new body where her old one is still floating dead —…

Review of Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly. ★★★★ The best comparison I can make for Amberlough is that it’s a cross of Orwell’s 1984 and Kushner’s Swordspoint. It’s fantasy without magic, set in a world based on Weimar Berlin and experiencing the rise of fascism. Oh, and the three central characters are a gay spy, his smuggler lover, and a stripper who acts as his…

Review from The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey. ★★★★ I’m not a huge fan of zombies, but when I heard M.R. Carey was writing a prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Years before the start of The Girl with All the Gifts, the…