Review of Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★1/2 Ever since I heard Sarah Beth Durst was writing a heist novel starring were-dragons, I’ve been dying to read it. Unfortunately, my expectations may have been a tad too high. Sky Hawkins is going through a rough patch. Months ago, her mother disappeared in the midst of pulling…

Review of The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher

The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ It is absolutely crucial that you read Clockwork Boys before you read The Wonder Engine. T. Kingfisher (AKA Ursula Vernon) wrote what is essentially one novel chopped into two. If you come straight into The Wonder Engine, you’ll have no idea what’s going on. While I don’t think this review will have too many…

Review of Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher

Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ My brief, elevator pitch description of Clockwork Boys is “Dungeons and Dragons meets Suicide Squad, but written by the illustrious and talented Ursula Vernon.” Seriously, I had no idea what Clockwork Boys was about when I picked it up… all I knew was that it was by Ursula Vernon, and she’s literally never written a…

Review of The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken

The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken ★★1/2 There are two things you should know about me: I love science fiction and fantasy novels… and I also adore heist stories. So stories that combine the two? I have a desperate desire for. That being said, The Quantum Magician should have been a slam dunk. A far-future sci-fi story about…

Review of Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. ★★★1/2 At last, the fifth book in The Queen’s Thief series! While this book can theoretically be read independently, the previous books are good too so why not start with them? The series starts with The Thief, but the second book, The Queen of Attolia, remains my favorite. After the debacle in…

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…

Review of The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler J. Birch

The FaceFaker’s Game by Chandler J. Birch. ★★★★ As soon as I heard the words “fantasy heist,” I knew I wanted to read The Facefaker’s Game. Ashes is an orphan scrapping a living in Burroughside, the poorest and most crime ridden area of the giant Victorian-esque city of Teranis. Then by coincidence he comes to the attention of Candlestick…

Review of Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★ Memories of Ash is a full, novel length sequel to the YA fantasy novella Sunbolt. In my review of Sunbolt, I noted that I was waiting to see where the sequels would take the series. Well it was worth the wait! Memories of Ash was even better than the first installment. It’s so much of…

Review of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. ★★★★ There are two things I really love: fantasy settings and heist stories. So when it comes to fantasy heist stories, I’m obviously primed to enjoy them. And wow, has this series been great. Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows, which you absolutely must read first. There’s really no way for…

Updated Review of The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. ★★★★ One of the very first reviews I wrote was for Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves. Now it’s been a few years, I’m way more used to writing reviews, and, hey, I just reread The Republic of Thieves. And I feel like it’s time for a new review. The Republic of…