She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
 

She Who Became The Sun

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Glass Rhapsody

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She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
4.75

Mulan meets Swordsman 2. As a mostly-audiobook consumer with little time to actually read, it had taken me two weeks to finish Nghi Vo’s short novella, Empress of Salt and Fortune (though only two hours on the re-read); and a week and a half to complete Aliette de Bodard’s short novella, Fireheart Tiger, both of […]

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Shadow and Bone: Netflix vs. the Books

Shadow and Bone: Netflix vs. the Books 

The book isn’t better. With one huge caveat. Sucked in by the Grisha with their magical powers and vibrant worldbuilding equal to Game of Thrones, I binged Netflix’s adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone in two days. In the aftermath, I couldn’t help but to pick up the audiobook. And you know that adage, […]

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The Wings of War by Bryce O’Connor – Series Review

The Wings of War by Bryce O’Connor – Series Review
4.5

“Man of Steel meets Game of Thrones” When thinking of comparables to Bryce O’Connor’s The Wings of War series, Game of Thrones immediately came to mind because of the rich diversity of cultures and religions in a dark setting, along with the plotting and backstabbing of politically powerful people who don’t care who they step […]

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The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
4.5

Frankenstein meets Hacker meets Solo meets Legend of Zelda, in an Asian family drama. Given my interest in Asian-themed fantasy, it came as a surprise that I didn’t hear about Andrea Stewart’s debut novel, The Bone Shard Daughter, until about a week before it launched to a parade of glowing critical reviews. Of course, Stewart […]

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Testament of Steel by Davis Ashura

Testament of Steel by Davis Ashura
4.25

If Cradle were set in South Asia with elves and dwarves. I had been aware of Davis Ashura as an author of South Asian fantasy for several years and got to see him speak on a panel about diversity in fantasy at DragonCon (before the plague cancelled all the cons). Duly impressed by demeanor and […]

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God of Gnomes by Demi Harper

God of Gnomes by Demi Harper
4.25

“eSports meets Civilization” I never understood the appeal of eSports, and my every attempt to read LitRPG could be described by Thomas Hobbes: brutish, nasty, and short (the attempts were not solitary, since the other LitRPG books I tried to read were otherwise popular). Enter God of Gnomes, by Demi Harper (aka, Laura Hughes), which […]

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The Brightest Shadow by Sarah Lin

The Brightest Shadow by Sarah Lin
4.5

“When Epic Fantasy Meets Cultivation” Sarah Lin is best known for revolutionizing the English-original cultivation (or xianxia) subgenre with her late 2019 release, Street Cultivation. Instead of cultivators wearing flowing robes and belonging to martial sects who dueled in quaint towns and countrysides, it featured gritty back alley duels and mobile apps that measure energy. […]

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
4.5

Reviewer’s Note: Upon finishing this novella, which took six days the first time around, I immediately wrote an initial review where I rated it 6/10 stars. Then, I re-read it, knowing how it ended. Two hours later, I was done, and was smacking my head at having missed the subtlety. NOT “Handmaid’s Tale meets Game […]

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Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien
4.5

Mean Girls meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…on ice! (or I, Tonya meets Jin Yong) As an wuxia film aficionado, and the parent of two competitive ice skaters (word of caution to those of you with young kids: ice skating is expensive!), Henry Lien’s debut middle-grade (MG) fantasy, Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword, […]

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Nightblade’s Vengeance by Ryan Kirk with Live Interview!

Nightblade’s Vengeance by Ryan Kirk with Live Interview!
4.5

Shogun meets the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. With over a thousand reviews on Amazon, Ryan Kirk’s Nightblade trilogy is perhaps the most popular Asian fantasy, with the exception of Will Wight’s Cradle series. I had listened to book one a couple of years ago, and while I enjoyed the characters, story, and worldbuilding, I didn’t […]

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The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith

The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith
4.75

The Last Jedi in Paris. Figuring the audience for a fantasy sequel is smaller than that of a book one, I haven’t written a review of one for Fantasy-Faction in quite a long while. However, The Glamourist, Luanne G. Smith’s follow-up to her amazing debut, The Vine Witch, had me so engrossed, it deserved more […]

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Victor Gischler Interview – A Fire Beneath the Skin

Victor Gischler Interview – A Fire Beneath the Skin 

A few weeks ago, we reviewed Victor Gischler’s A Fire Beneath the Skin series. Today we are catching up with the author to talk about it and his many other projects! I was surprised to see Wikipedia has an entry on you, and I confess, I did some background research on it. A quick look […]

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