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

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
4.5

Spoiler Warning: To the extent possible, I have done my best to minimize spoilers for the entire Shades of Magic trilogy. However, this is a review of the third book in a trilogy, so some details might have been inadvertently revealed. If so, I apologize in advance. When V. E. Schwab recently visited the Washington, […]

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
4

The fourth book of an ongoing series is a troublesome prospect. Stagnation and repetition are potential pitfalls, and there is no doubt that Marie Brennan totters on a precarious ledge at times during In the Labyrinth of Drakes. Isabella, not-quite-yet Lady Trent, certainly has to deal with many of the recurring themes from the first […]

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The Black Guard by A. J. Smith

The Black Guard by A. J. Smith
3.5

The Black Guard has been described as “Martin meets Lovecraft,” and doesn’t disappoint on either count. With bleak personal stories of loss and hardship, wars between rival nations and a plot to resurrect a dead god, the novel is packed with action and intrigue. The book is not without its flaws, there are moments where […]

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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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Pilot X by Tom Merritt

Pilot X by Tom Merritt
5

What if a time traveller lived in a world where disrupting the timeline could destroy everything in the universe-except himself? Pilot X is the Ambassador of the Alendans, a race with the ability to move through space and time as guardians of the timeline. Though his people have been locked in ongoing conflict with the […]

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Relics by Tim Lebbon

Relics by Tim Lebbon
3.5

‘I like the fact there can be so many secret places in a city filled with people. It gives me hope.’ ‘Hope for what?’ Dean frowned, unsure. He searched for the words. ‘For wonder,’ he said at last. ‘Mysteries. Mysteries are important, don’t you think?’ Mystery. Wonder. Secrets. If you recall, these are three things […]

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Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig
4

Spoiler Warning: This review does not spoil Empire’s End. However, events of the first two books in the trilogy are discussed and, to a certain degree, spoiled. I’ve tried to leave as much unspoilt as possible. Proceed at your own risk. And now we know how all those ships crashed on Jakku. With the third […]

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Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
4.5

If you have not read the Fablehaven series that preceded this book, you are missing out. I will even come right out and say that I think it is better than the Harry Potter series. (*gasp*) But there it is. I am shocked that this has not been picked up and adapted for the big […]

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The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
4.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. When you understand what the world is, you have two choices: Become a part of that world and perpetuate that system forever and ever, unto the next generation. Or fight it, and break it, and build something new. […]

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Blindsight by Peter Watts

Blindsight by Peter Watts
4.5

Imagine you are Siri Keeton. So begins this hard science fiction novel from Canadian author Peter Watts. It is 2082. It is the day of the Fireflies. Sixty-five thousand objects burn up in Earth’s atmosphere. The beginning of an invasion? For two months nothing more is seen or heard. Then a deep space probe picks […]

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
3.5

Mythology is meant to be told and retold, down through the generations. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, is the latest telling. As Gaiman recently described it in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, this collection is his version of a “cover song” or his take on the role of Hamlet. It’s a clever metaphor […]

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Apocalypse: An Epic Poem by Frederick Turner

Apocalypse: An Epic Poem by Frederick Turner
4

Apocalypse is an epic poem about humanity’s struggle against the end of the world. When I was first pointed in its direction, and began reading, I was a little conflicted about potentially reviewing it here as it seemed to be too straight sci-fi for our little fantasy corner. However, there has always been crossover appeal […]

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