The Black Shriving by Phil Tucker
 

The Black Shriving

Review

 
Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga
 

Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga

Article

 
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
 

Godsgrave

Review

 

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
4.5

“A girl like you has no place in this sort of business.” “Believe me, Captain,” Mia replied. “You’ve never met a girl like me.” Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave, the second book in the Nevernight Chronicles, is not an easy book to review. This isn’t because the book isn’t outstanding – it is. You should buy it. […]

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
4.5

Katherine Arden’s debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, was as charming and magical a debut novel as you could hope to find in 2016. Drawing comparisons to Neil Gaiman, Naomi Novik, and Robin Hobb, Arden’s debut became a bestseller, but more importantly, it marked the introduction of an incredible new voice, one that repackaged […]

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Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
4.25

“I’ve recently discovered that people rarely tell the whole truth.” “Is that what you’re here to do then, Kellen?” Osia’phest asked hopefully. “Tell the whole truth?” I smiled. “No, my Lords Magi, I’m not here for that.” In Spellslinger, the first book in Sebastien de Castell’s new young adult fantasy series, Kellen, a young mage-in-training […]

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Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell
4.5

Sebastien de Castell’s four-book Greatcoats series feels like a direct rebuttal to the term “grimdark,” and I mean that in the best way possible. That’s not to say that I dislike grimdark novels (I don’t), or to say that terrible things don’t happen in de Castell’s novels (they do). But at the end of the […]

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The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan

The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan
3.75

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for The Waking Fire, the first book in Anthony Ryan’s Draconis Memoria series. There is a scene in the second chapter of Anthony Ryan’s second novel in the Draconis Memoria, The Legion of Flame, in which Lizanne Lethridge, spy for the Ironship Trading Syndicate, is called before the board […]

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Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
4.5

Robin Hobb’s genius isn’t flashy. The world she has created is fully articulated, complete with complex characters and histories, detailed magical systems, and fully realized political intricacies, yet she rarely is mentioned alongside Brandon Sanderson and others recognized as fantasy’s greatest world-builders. Her prose isn’t particularly flashy in the same way as writers such as […]

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Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
4.25

Brian McClellan earned scores of new fantasy fans with the Powder Mage Trilogy. With Sins of Empire, the first book in his new Gods of Blood and Powder series, McClellan may have found an entirely new level. As he demonstrated in the Powder Mage Trilogy, characters continue to be McClellan’s greatest strength, as his latest […]

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
4.5

As a fantasy reader who makes his living in marketing and communications, I am perhaps more jaded than most when it comes to books that are compared to some of the greatest in the genre prior to their release date. How many times have we seen books touted as “the next Lord of the Rings,” […]

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
4.5

This review contains spoilers for the first book, Six of Crows. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. “Ketterdam is made of monsters. I just happen to have the longest teeth.” With Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to her outstanding Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo has taken on a nigh […]

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The Raven by Aderyn Wood – SPFBO Review: And Then There Were Two

The Raven by Aderyn Wood – SPFBO Review: And Then There Were Two
3.25

The SPFBO team are making steady progress in our search for a finalist. To avoid cruelly stretching things out, we’ll be posting (in no particular order) individual reviews for those who don’t make it as and when we eliminate them. Now, only two books remain as we say farewell to Aderyn Wood and The Raven. […]

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Emergence edited by J. M. Martin

Emergence edited by J. M. Martin
3.75

Emergence is a shared-world anthology that takes full advantage of its format, building one story atop the next to create a three-dimensional world that ultimately reaches its peak with Edward M. Erdelac’s “Perennial”. As Ragnarok Publications Editor-in-Chief Tim Marquitz explains in the book’s introduction, he originally intended to write a superhero novel, but soon realized […]

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Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle
4.25

Like a warm summer afternoon, Peter S. Beagle’s upcoming novel, Summerlong, is charmingly quiet yet deeply thoughtful, with an ambiance that will keep readers spellbound to the final page. Beagle’s first full-length novel since Tamsin published in 1999, Summerlong features an older couple, Abe and Joanna, who initially seem content with their lives. The pair […]

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