Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (spoiler free)
 

Fool’s Assassin

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters
 

On The Trail Of Evil

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Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
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After a fair debut from this author with her Starcrossed trilogy, this new beginning of another left a bit to be desired. What compelled me to pick it up was the blurb: Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them […]

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Vowed by Liz de Jager

Vowed by Liz de Jager
4.5

Vowed is the second book in The Blackhart Legacy and reunites us with kick-ass hero Kit Blackhart. I was impressed by Kit the first time around and I’m pleased to say that this subsequent adventure impressed me even more. Vowed has the feel of a detective story, which contrasts nicely with Banished’s straight-up action adventure. […]

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Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies – Part Two

Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies – Part Two 

Welcome back to our stroll down memory lane in the city of Sanctuary. We’re revisiting the Thieves’ World series, the twelve anthologies that resulted from an idea by Robert Asprin and friends to write sword and sorcery stories in a shared universe. The concept made an impact on generations of readers, including best-selling fantasy author […]

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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
4.5

Illusions of Fate pleasantly surprised me with its depth. The blurb on the back suggests merely another “girl goes to court, girl feels like an outcast, girl meets boy, TRUE LOVE,” story, but instead I found a story that follows the same framework but focuses instead on a black woman’s struggle in a racist, white […]

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Art Imitates Life, Life Imitates Art: Where will SFF Go Next?

Art Imitates Life, Life Imitates Art: Where will SFF Go Next? 

Genre has a strong history of leading to invention in the real world. From Star Trek’s influence in a whole myriad of ways, to Iron Man’s suit (Yes, this is really happening!). Science fiction and fantasy also do a great job of incorporating and playing with the tech and science of our day. They make […]

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Self-Published Fantasy and Me

Self-Published Fantasy and Me 

When it comes to music, my collection of indie and underground albums equals or surpasses that of my major label collection. I own literally thousands of creator-owned, independently published comics. Some of my favorite movies are low-budget independent releases. But I have completed exactly one self-published novel. And it wasn’t easy to see it through […]

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The Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb (Spoiler Free Review)

The Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb (Spoiler Free Review)
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Spoilers follow for Hobb’s first, second and third trilogies. No spoilers for the Rain Wilds Chronicles. After the impressive Tawny Man trilogy, Robin Hobb once again switches the action back to Bingtown and the Rain Wilds, the vivid, dangerous southern regions home to the nautical dramas of the Liveship Traders. A continuation of those events, […]

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Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious by V. E. Schwab
4.5

V. E. Schwab’s Vicious is built around a handful of characters with superpowers, but precious few – if any – superheroes. That’s part of what makes it so much fun. Schwab’s dialogue crackles with sharp edges and gallows humor, drawing the reader in with a dark story whose tone is established through the voice of […]

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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
4.5

City of Stairs is the story of spies, murder (of both men and gods alike), hidden histories and the resulting lies that are taken as gospel, politics, finance, miracles, colonization and conquest, and more. While I’m listing this as epic fantasy, it has elements of noir, urban fantasy, and the new weird. I know this […]

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
3.5

The YA trilogy that started with Shadow and Bone concludes with Ruin and Rising – with quite a few unhappy readers. Apparently, the uproar is over a relationship that didn’t pan out. You can’t please everyone, obviously, but the process did keep you guessing until the very end. After all, isn’t that what contributes to […]

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Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan

Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan
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For those awaiting The Autumn Republic, the third and final book in Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy, February 2015 feels as though it’s a long way away. Fortunately, McClellan has supplemented his trilogy with three short stories (“Hope’s End”, “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” and “The Face in the Window”) and two novellas (Forsworn and […]

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
4.5

Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead is fantasy of a different flavor. Instead of taking our world and adding magic (such as Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops), this is a world born of magic that has progressed to a point that mirrors our modern age. It’s a story of magical corporations and […]

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