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Fantasy Novella Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is one of those authors with the combination of popularity and prolific production that makes them hard not to hear recommended. And yet I hadn’t actually read any of her work going into this year’s attempts to read the Hugo finalists. Her Come Tumbling Down—the fifth installment in the Wayward Children series—was nominated… Continue reading Fantasy Novella Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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Fantasy Novel Review: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Ruin of Kings opens Jenn Lyons’ five-book epic fantasy series, A Chorus of Dragons. Despite my love of epic fantasy, I hadn’t gotten to it when it came out. But Tor Books threw their considerable marketing muscle behind the opener—I couldn’t go anywhere in fantasy-leaning corners of the Internet in 2019 without hearing about… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

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Fantasy Novel Review: The Hidden City by Michelle West

For the last couple years, I’ve regularly seen The Essalayien Series by Michelle West (an alias of Michelle Sagara, author of The Chronicles of Elantra) cited as an underrated gem for those who like character-driven epic fantasy. As I very much enjoy character-driven epic fantasy, I’ve had this one on my list for quite a… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Hidden City by Michelle West

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Fantasy Novel Review: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin may be the best there is in contemporary speculative fiction, and coming into last year, I’d read every single one of her solo-authored novels. But I had some reticence when she announced a novel-sized expansion of her Hugo-nominated short story “The City Born Great.” That story was heavy enough in unexplained New York… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

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Fantasy Novel Review: No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

This review is based on an eARC (Advance Reader Copy) provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No Gods, No Monsters will be released on September 7, 2021.  Urban fantasy is not my go-to subgenre, but the plot summary of No Gods, No Monsters caught my eye with “what looks… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

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Science Fiction Novel Review: Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Tade Thompson’s first contact novel Rosewater was released by a small press in 2016 and quickly generated enough attention for a Nommo Award and an acquisition by Orbit, who rereleased the book in 2018 in advance of the trilogy continuing with a pair of 2019 installments. Like so many highly-praised novels, it’s been on my… Continue reading Science Fiction Novel Review: Rosewater by Tade Thompson

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Fantasy Novel Review: The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

After reading and immensely enjoying the winners of the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, I decided to start following the competition more closely and checking out the books that looked most intriguing. The 2020 SPFBO delivered one of my favorite books of the year in the semifinals, and when The Lost… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

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Fantasy Novel Review: Transformation by Carol Berg

A couple years ago, I saw Carol Berg’s Lighthouse Duet mentioned on a list of outstanding female-authored epic fantasies that never got the recognition they deserved. After The Lighthouse Duet became one of my all-time favorites, I resolved to dedicate a good chunk of reading time to under-the-radar, female-authored epics. And another on the list… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: Transformation by Carol Berg

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Fantasy Novel Review: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Amari and the Night Brothers is the first book that I’ve read as a direct result of #booktwitter. My previous book discussion spots didn’t hit middle grade too hard, but my Twitter feed was buzzing about B.B. Alston’s debut, and I’d been looking to dip my toe back into fantasy for younger audiences (Harry Potter… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston