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…

Review of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan. ★★★1/2 I’ve had a bit of a hit or miss history with steampunk, but The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter was certainly a hit. It’s a fast paced start to a series taking place in an alternate timeline where all new technology was outlawed by the all powerful Patent Office. With technology stagnant, societal mores stagnated…

Review of The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North. ★★★1/2 What is perfection? Is there such a thing as the perfect person? How do we arrive at our definition of such a thing? Hope Arden is a young woman with a peculiar condition – no one can remember her. She can hold a conversation with someone, start to…

Review of Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. ★★★★ Red Seas Under Red Skies is the sequel to Lynch’s fantasy heist story The Lies of Locke Lamora. While I’d usually suggest reading a series in order, it is possible to start with Red Seas Under Red Skies since the plots of the two books are separate. Locke Lamora and Jean…

Review of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. ★★★★1/2 This was my second time reading Scott Lynch’s fantasy heist novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora. This time around, I was reading it as part of a group read, which was one of the first times I’ve read a book in weekly increments over the span of a month….

Review of Hellbent by Cherie Priest

Hellbent by Cherie Priest. ★★★1/2 While Hellbent is a sequel to Bloodshot, I don’t think it’s strictly necessary to read them in order, although I’d suggest it if you can. The plots are largely independent, and Hellbent has a recap type thing to fill you in on what you need to know. Namely, that Raylene is a vampire thief living in Seattle….

Review of Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

Bloodshot by Cherie Priest. ★★★1/2 Bloodshot might not be particularly deep, but it’s just the sort of fun beach read I was looking for. Raylene, our anti-heroic protagonist, is a neurotic vampire thief. Another vampire, Ian Scott, hires her to retrieve some documents for him after the US army experimented on him and took his sight. What follows is…