Review of Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. ★★★★ I think Record of a Spaceborn Few is my favorite story yet from Becky Chambers. Although set in the same universe as her novels A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit, Record of a Spaceborn Few is an independent story with its own setting and cast. When Earth…

Review of Born to the Blade Season One

Born to the Blade by Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, Malka Older, Cassandra Khaw. ★★★★ Born to the Blade is a political fantasy way up high in the sky, where humanity lives on floating islands and casts magic by inscribing signals with swords. Born to the Blade is also a serial story produced by Serial Box, which specializes…

Review of City of Lies by Sam Hawke

City of Lies by Sam Hawke. ★★★★ City of Lies will likely be one of my top debut novels of 2018. It’s an incredibly well written fantasy novel that has everything I love about fantasy and also feels like a breath of fresh air. The comparisons to Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik are not off base… but I…

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,…