Oh, actually, 8 Seasons…
 

Oh, actually, 8 Seasons...

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Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith
 

Radiant

Review

 
Fantastical Biology – Part Eight: Fantasy Diseases
 

Fantasy Diseases

Fantastical Biology – Part Eight

 

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Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith
4

Karina Sumner-Smith’s debut novel is an edgy tale of friendship and the dark economies of magic. She twists traditional fantasy elements in utterly unique ways and creates an overall enjoyable read. Xhea lives on the rough streets of the Lower City, below the floating towers of the City where those with innate magic trade and […]

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
5

Just when I think the series can’t get any better, I am proven wrong. Boy, was I wrong. One would expect book number eight in the series to be simply another entertaining read that one comes to expect from this husband and wife writing team. One would be wrong. As the title suggests, there is […]

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Exile: The First Book of Ever by James Cormier

Exile: The First Book of Ever by James Cormier
3.5

I read this book as part of Mark Lawrence’s Self Published Challenge. James Cormier’s Exile pleasantly surprised me. I’ve never had any luck with reading self-published work, although I know there’s some good stuff out there, so my expectations were low. Fortunately, Cormier’s story grabbed my attention right away, and within a chapter I realized […]

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The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato
4.5

I think it can safely be assumed that healers have a certain reputation in fantasy works: they’re good for saving people’s lives but not much else. If someone in a group needs to play the part of a damsel in distress, a healer is the easiest one to fill that role. After all, healers are […]

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Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
4

My regular readers know that I’ve recently revisited some old-school fantasy by re-reading the Thieves’ World books. And one of the anthologies in the shared-universe fantasy series was called Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn, in reference to a pub by that name that served as a focal point of activity in the legendary city of […]

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The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe

The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe
5

“We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and […]

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The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene

The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene
5

The Hunter’s Kind is a clever and multi-layered book, which builds magnificently on Smiler’s Fair, the first in The Hollow Gods series. Levene made a name for herself as a new generation fantasy writer, pulling up old tropes like weeds and planting the fresh, bright and compelling ideas that this genre needs to flourish. If […]

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
3.5

My first novel by this author did not readily impress me at the beginning. A child-operated book-smuggling outfit run by a greedy, cold-hearted family—not all that unique of a plot device. Then, we find out it’s because physical books are a rarity, not found in the open, because The Great Library of Alexandria doles out […]

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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
4.5

We open on an oddly dressed girl walking down a road and refusing a ride from a stranger because she does not want to have to kill them, reasoning that it’s already been a busy day, what with her already doing away with a nosy Detective. It’s a jarring opening that immediately takes the readers […]

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Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal
4.5

Of Noble Family is the fifth and final book in the Glamourist Histories series by Mary Robinette Kowal, set in an alternate version of the Regency period with magic in the form of glamour. Readers have shared Jane and Vincent’s lives through various trials and adventures, in a series that explores many different types of […]

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The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes

The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes
4

A few months ago, I reviewed Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries and Rogues (you can find that review here), and noted that the anthology’s protagonists had a certain moral flexibility that fans of grimdark would certainly enjoy. The best you could say of this collection of miscreants was that a few were thieves. The rest […]

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The Warrior Prophet by R. Scott Bakker

The Warrior Prophet by R. Scott Bakker
5

The Warrior Prophet is an immense book. Bakker has pushed through the teething issues of his debut and flowered into an incredible effort as the story of the Prince of Nothing pushes into the Holy War that the whole first novel was building towards. Though similar to Darkness in terms of themes and writing style, […]

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