A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
 

A Conjuring of Light

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When Characters Shed Names
 

When Characters Shed Names

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
 

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Review

 

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The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane

The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane
5

Well, here we are. Another month, another volume of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series. By now, you probably all know what to expect from this review: chatter about brilliantly portrayed non-human characters, gushing over the way the theme of wizardry as selflessness continues to come up in the series, and maybe, if I find the […]

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A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane

A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
5

Can any self-respecting fantasy author write a series about magic in our world without mentioning Ireland? The answer, of course, is yes, but facts are beside the point. The point is Ireland has a place in the popular imagination (particularly the popular imagination of the sorts of people prone to reading fantasy and thinking about […]

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High Wizardry by Diane Duane

High Wizardry by Diane Duane
5

Even though I’ve only reviewed two books in Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, I’m sure people will be able to guess from the previous two reviews how this one will go. I’ll swoon over the friendship between Nita and Kit, and how the two of them are such a perfect example of a bookish friendship […]

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Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane

Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
5

The second book in Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, Deep Wizardry, is just as good as the first, I’m happy to say. Nita and Kit, the young wizards who thwarted the Lone Power, reappear just as they were in the first book: young, brash, and in ever so slightly over their heads. They are also […]

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So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
5

I think it’s a safe bet that most people who visit this site have wanted to be a wizard at some point (and a safe bet that some of us still do). Unfortunately, as far as I know, none of those wishes have come true, which is why we turn to books. If we can’t […]

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
5

It’s a safe bet to assume that most if not all of us have heard of Shirley Jackson, regardless of how much of her work we’ve read. My first experience with her writing came from high school, when I was exploring the school library to see what sorts of books were available that couldn’t be […]

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The Key by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren

The Key by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren
5

This review contains spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish Fire (Eld) and The Key (Nyckeln). Engelsfors has been saved from the cult of positivity that attempted to take it over, and while one might think an event of the magnitude of the climax of Fire (including the better part of the […]

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Fire by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

Fire by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
4.5

At the end of The Circle, the five surviving Chosen Ones had defeated Max, the (hot) new teacher who had been blessed by demons in their attempt to come to our world and destroy it. This wasn’t the last battle the Chosen Ones would have to face, but it was at least a step toward […]

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The Circle by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren

The Circle by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren
4.5

The majority of the books I read, whether fantasy or another genre, were written in English and published in either America or Britain. It is, therefore, a wonderful surprise when I stumble across a book that has been translated from another language and springs from another culture. It gives me a chance to broaden my […]

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Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
5

Call it what you will: a bordello, a brothel, or a whorehouse. No matter what your name for it, a building that holds prostitutes (or courtesans, Companions, or soiled doves) is a vital part of scenery for certain genres. Westerns in particular spring to mind, though I will admit that most of my knowledge of […]

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Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
5

In my life, I’ve found that there are a few different sorts of books I wind up reading. Some are gifts. Some are books I explicitly sought out. And some are books I discovered randomly, requesting from the library and renewing and re-renewing until I’ve forgotten the reason I requested them in the first place. […]

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Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
5

Mirka of Hereville has defeated a troll in a knitting contest and won her home back from a meteorite that tried to take her place in her family, but now she faces a challenge both potentially more familiar to her readers and more difficult: babysitting her bratty six-year-old half-sister Layele. Mirka, being Mirka, doesn’t take […]

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