Review of Stories of the Raksura Volume One by Martha Wells

Stories of the Raksura: Volume One by Martha Wells. ★★★★ I love the Raksura. I will happily read everything Martha Wells writes about them, and I’ve even considered donating to her patron to get story snippets about them every month. For those who are unaware, the Raksura are a species of shapeshifters created by Martha Wells. The…

Review of Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen

Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen. ★★★1/2 Conspiracy of Ravens is the sequel to Lila Bowen’s weird Western fantasy novel, Wake of Vultures. While I would suggest reading the books in order, the plots are such that you could feasibly get away with reading Conspiracy of Ravens first. However, you would be missing out on the ongoing character arcs. This review will…

Review of Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews. ★★★★ Magic Binds is the ninth book in the Kate Daniels series, which is perhaps my all time favorite urban fantasy series. The series starts with Magic Bites. While not the greatest beginning, the series reaches “awesome” territory by book three and has consistently stayed there. Magic Binds is no exception. I expected to enjoy the…

Review of The Devourers by Indra Das

The Devourers by Indra Das. ★★★★ Trigger warning: rape The task of reviewing The Devourers is daunting. It’s a more literary novel than most of the SFF stories I review here, and it’s a very complex novel. It’s a story that deserves essays and thematic analysis more than a relatively brief, mostly spoiler-free review. The Devourers was not an easy book…

Review of The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells

The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells. ★★★★ The Edge of Worlds is the fourth book in Martha Well’s amazingly inventive Raksura series, which starts with The Cloud Roads. This is a world without humans, and most of the cast are scaled shape shifters. I would suggest starting from the beginning of the series, to get better handle on…

Review of Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: rape Wake of Vultures is a fantasy Western novel. I found it a mixed bag. Basically, I found the thematic content far more interesting than the plot itself. Nettie Lonesome is a mixed race sixteen year old working for people who treat her like a slave, even if they…

Review of Of Scions and Men by Courteny Sloan

Of Scions and Men by Courtney Sloan. ★★1/2 On the surface, Of Scions and Men looks like it could be really cool – a dystopian urban fantasy world ruled by vampires. However, it’s poorly executed and often feels like a collection of little thought out tropes. If I weren’t reading this with the intention to review, I would…

Review of Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop. ★★★ Trigger warning for self harm Vision in Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop’s The Others series, an urban fantasy series starting with Written in Red. The series takes place in an alternate world where humans have made deals with the Others to be able to live on land and basically…

Review of The Siren Depths by Martha Wells

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells. ★★★★ The Siren Depths is the third of Martha Well’s Raksura novels, which start with The Cloud Roads. This series takes place in a completely different fantasy world, one where there are no humans or other recognizable species. The main characters are all Raksura, a race of shapeshifters. Moon, the protagonist, spent the majority…

Review of Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews. ★★★★ Magic Shifts is the eighth book in the Kate Daniels series, so you definitely don’t want to be starting with it! You need to have read at least some of the prior books, especially Magic Breaks. If you’re interested in starting the series (a fun urban fantasy with great worldbuilding and a female…

Review of In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★★★ Catherynne M. Valente’s In the Night Garden is practically indescribable. It is a beautiful, wondrous book and undoubtedly one of the best I will read all year. In the garden of a palace, there lives a cast out girl who says she has stories written upon her eyelids. Most of…

Review of God’s War by Kameron Hurley

God’s War by Kameron Hurley. ★★★1/2 Opening line: “Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen, on the edge of the desert.” I really liked this one, but a few issues hold it back from being a four star or higher book. The planet of Umayma has been settled for roughly three thousand years. For the…