Bloodborne – First Impressions
 

Bloodborne

First Impressions

 
Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
 

Untold

Review

 
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
 

A Darker Shade of Magic

Review

 

Bloodborne – First Impressions

Bloodborne – First Impressions 

This article was turned in late. My apologies. I was playing Bloodborne. I had every intention of writing this on Thursday, when I finally managed to get a few hours alone. I didn’t. Instead? I played Bloodborne. I had another chance Friday. I had a half-day off. The kids were at school. The house was […]

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Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan 

Three, apparently, is a powerful number. Bad things are said to come in threes, and it has all sorts of mystical significances that could probably form a whole post of its own (or possibly a series of posts on the importance of numbers… but I digress). Most importantly for this review, three is a popular […]

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab 

In a never-ending quest to find new and interesting fantasy fiction, I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I liked the idea of a magician that could walk between worlds while also walking the line between royal messenger and smuggler. Kell is Antari, one of the last magicians who can create […]

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Writing a Book People Can’t Put Down: The Art of Pacing

Writing a Book People Can’t Put Down: The Art of Pacing 

It’s two o’clock in the morning. You’ve had a long day, you’re exhausted, and in just four short hours you have to get ready for another day of work. More than anything, you just need to go to bed. So why don’t you? Because you just have to finish this absolutely amazing book you can’t […]

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Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie 

With his second foray into the young adult genre, Joe Abercrombie continues to keep us on our toes. Half the World continues the story of Yarvi, now the “deeply cunning” minister of Gettland, but rather than continuing Yarvi’s story through his own eyes, as Abercrombie did in Half a King, he now moves the plot […]

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The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin

The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin 

Horror isn’t usually my cup of tea. However, Egyptian mythology and history is always fascinating, and one the more prominent aspects of ancient Egypt is, of course, the mummy. This anthology, compiled by Jurassic London and the Egypt Exploration Society, consists of nineteen short stories centered around mummies. Obviously, there is not time or space […]

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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett 

City of Stairs is the story of spies, murder (of both men and gods alike), hidden histories and the resulting lies that are taken as gospel, politics, finance, miracles, colonization and conquest, and more. While I’m listing this as epic fantasy, it has elements of noir, urban fantasy, and the new weird. I know this […]

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Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Mistwood by Leah Cypess 

I picked up Mistwood on a whim at my local library after reading Leah Cypess’ more recent Death Sworn and being pleasantly surprised. It’s not a long book, only three hundred pages in hardcover, and I tore through it in a few hours. The writing is easy to read, the characters are engaging, and the […]

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Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene 

With Smiler’s Fair, Levene has done something very clever. No one can deny this is fantasy on an epic scale: we have five protagonists, each with a distinct voice, a world with varied lands and peoples, set against a history richly detailed in its cultural and religious makeup. The care Levene has taken in creating […]

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The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan 

Society doesn’t look kindly on women who want to expand the world’s knowledge of dragons through scientific study, scandalous affiliations and hazardous adventures across the globe but, as we well know by now, Isabella, Lady Trent cares not a whit for society’s glances or approval. The Tropic of Serpents is the second volume of fictional […]

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Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop 

Anne Bishop is really a remarkable writer. She can spin a tale that draws you into the heart of the story right at the get-go. Vision in Silver is the third book in her Others series, and I was already on the edge of my seat in chapter one. Between the finely balanced tension and […]

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Intersectionality and the White Girl – Guest Blog by Alyc Helms

Intersectionality and the White Girl – Guest Blog by Alyc Helms 

Intersectionality and the White Girl Here’s the deal. I’m a white girl, and I’ve never been to China. One of the first things people ask when they find out my book, The Dragons of Heaven, is set in China is, “Oh, have you ever been?” and all I can do is smile and say nope. […]

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