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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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Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Everfair by Nisi Shawl
4

“The settlers of Everfair had come here naively at best, arrogantly at worst. Due to the orders of the king they had found the country seemingly empty. In the fight against Leopold, their assistance had been most valuable, and they had also brought to the cause the help of Europeans and Americans who would never […]

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Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan
4.5

Ravaged by the Nazi Secret Service during World War II, Romanian resistance forces turn to one of their leaders, Professor Van Helsing for any way out. To fight these monstrous forces, Van Helsing raises a legendary monster from centuries of slumber: Prince Dracula himself. Once he was the ruler of Transylvania. Prince Vlad Dracul, is, […]

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Michael J. Martinez Interview

Michael J. Martinez Interview 

I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to catch up with author Michael J. Martinez about once a year, thanks to his ability to so quickly write fantastic books for us to discuss. In 2015 we talked about the end of his dual-universe sci-fi/fantasy Daedalus trilogy. This year we both dressed up in our best James […]

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James
4.5

Gilded Cage began life as a Wattpad success and it’s easy to see why. Sitting halfway between the YA and adult markets, James’ story has a wide appeal and deals with popular themes. While the dystopian ‘us and them’ set-up is familiar, the world of Gilded Cage is far more comprehensively realised than many of […]

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Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
3.75

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal presents an alternate World War I where a soldier’s duty doesn’t end when the shell falls or the bullet finds a target. Spiritualism is real, and mediums have given the Allies the edge. Although death and betrayal are at the heart of this book, a cast of plucky, charming […]

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Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
3.5

Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay’s 13th novel, interweaves several individual tales into a larger story highlighting the pain and opportunity and fragility of living between clashing empires in an alternate Renaissance Europe. Although Kay likes to say his books are histories that take a quarter-turn to the fantastic, in this case, he […]

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Hidden Treasures: Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood

Hidden Treasures: Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood
4.5

Hidden Treasures is a series that reviews small press and digital first SFF. Okay, so this is technically science fiction rather than fantasy. But even if you’re a die-hard fantasy fan, don’t let that put you off. Azanian Bridges will make you think – hard – as all good sci-fi does. Yet at the same […]

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Bloodfeud by Ben Galley

Bloodfeud by Ben Galley
3.75

Just like its protagonist, Ben Galley’s Scarlet Star Trilogy is a series constantly on the move, constantly growing and changing from a coming-of-age fantasy/western hybrid to an adventure set in an alternate London. With the final book in the trilogy, Bloodfeud, Galley wraps up a consistently strong self-published series that introduced readers to likeable characters, […]

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The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston

The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston
3.5

The Shards of Heaven is the debut novel of professor and Writers of the Future winner Michael Livingston. It’s a historical adventure fantasy that asks how heirs to Julius Caesar—already in possession of tremendous power—would wield the godlike powers of heavenly artifacts, and how those decisions would have affected ancient Roman history. The novel picks […]

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The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
4

Zombies and vampires are so yesterday. Angel mythology appears to be the new frontier. The House of Shattered Wings spins its tale about The Fallen, angels who have been cast out of heaven for reasons unremembered. They set up camp on Earth in an alternate history of Paris, France. Houses are founded by the most […]

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
5

One of my most anticipated books of this year comes out on September 10th – you may have seen people like Naomi Novik, Lavie Tidhar and Ann Leckie lauding Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. Or you may have seen the finished hardback, which is beautifully covered in enough gold foil to make a dragon […]

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