Browsing all articles by J. C. Kang.
Napoleonic Wars? Check. Age of Sail naval culture? Check. Hints of Asian civilizations? Check. Dragons? Check. The only thing that could make me want to read His Majesty’s Dragon more would be an Ominous Dark Lord bent on world domination. Oh, wait, there is some short megalomaniac mentioned often in Naomi Novik’s alternate world novel. […]
Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for the previews books in the series. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the rest of the books. It has all been building up to this. At the end of The Iron Circlet, the kragh leader Tharok is beating down on both Kethe and Asho, […]
Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for books 1 – 3 of the Chronicles of the Black Gate series. Please read with caution if you’ve yet to finish the first two, just in case The Iron Circlet’s cover had you buying the books out of order. The Iron Circlet’s cover reveal came around late March […]
Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for books one and two of the Chronicles of the Black Gate series. Please read with caution if you’ve yet to finish the first two. But, you HAVE read them, right?!? I took pages of copious notes while listening to and reading The Siege of Abythos, book three of […]
Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for book one in the Chronicles of the Black Gate series. Read with caution if you have yet to finish The Path of Flames. The seeds (some of them noxious weeds) planted in The Path of Flames start to germinate and sprout in The Black Shriving, book two of […]
Of the fantasy books I have read this year, three of my favorites have been Alec Hutson’s Crimson Queen, Jonathan French’s The Grey Bastards (winner of SPFBO 2016), and Phil Tucker’s The Path of Flames (SPFBO 2016 finalist). All have received both critical acclaim and reader adoration. What drew me into their worlds was how […]
Just when I thought I wouldn’t soon read an indie fantasy book as beautifully crafted as Alec Hutson’s Crimson Queen, I was pleasantly surprised by Phil Tucker’s The Path of Flames. I’d known about The Path of Flames since its release, and had followed Tucker’s meteoric fantasy debut and subsequent releases; but, like my experience with Crimson […]