The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence
 

The Girl and the Mountain

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Leather and Lace by Magen Cubed
 

Leather and Lace

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The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
 

The Bone Shard Daughter

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The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
4.5

Frankenstein meets Hacker meets Solo meets Legend of Zelda, in an Asian family drama. Given my interest in Asian-themed fantasy, it came as a surprise that I didn’t hear about Andrea Stewart’s debut novel, The Bone Shard Daughter, until about a week before it launched to a parade of glowing critical reviews. Of course, Stewart […]

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The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
4.5

Dragons are one of the most familiar—and overused—tropes in fantasy. These mystical beings intrigue and fascinate all who have heard of them. However, since oral tradition, dragons were either an Eastern or a Western entity. This is strange because if most dragon species can fly, then why could they be found in just two regions […]

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The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart – Spoiler Free Review

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart – Spoiler Free Review
5

The Bone Shard Daughter is the first book in The Drowning Empire trilogy and marks Andrea Stewart’s debut into epic fantasy. It is a multi-perspective story set in a fictional empire made up of many islands. For decades, the extremely unpopular emperor has ruled, but now his rule is starting to crumble and there are […]

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We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
4.25

I originally read We Ride the Storm when it was a finalist in the fourth Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO), and I could immediately see why it fared so well in that competition (you can read the Fantasy-Faction review here). I loved it well enough that when Orbit picked it up, I jumped at the chance […]

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The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan

The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan
5

The hype surrounding a debut novel can be anxious for positive and negative reasons. This is because the author is waiting to find out what readers and critics thought of the book. The success of the book can put the author on a spectrum ranging from bad to cult fandom to excellent to classic. Yet, […]

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A Time of Courage by John Gwynne – Spoiler Free Review

A Time of Courage by John Gwynne – Spoiler Free Review
5

A Time of Courage is the concluding instalment to the Of Blood and Bone trilogy and is the seventh book to be set in the world of the Banished Lands. Of Blood and Bone is set one-hundred years after the events of the Faithful and the Fallen series. A Time of Courage picks up soon […]

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The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
5

Every once in a while, a book is released and it’s all everyone talks about. How great the story is, how rich the characters are, how the worldbuilding matched the dark tones and the originality of the story, etc. And, it was the author’s debut book! When I finally read (or, more accurately, listened) to […]

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
4.75

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for The Eye of the World. “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.” Why did it take me so long to […]

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The Spider by Leo Carew – Spoiler Free Review

The Spider by Leo Carew – Spoiler Free Review
4

The Spider is the second book in the Under the Northern Sky trilogy. It starts closely after the events of the first book, The Wolf. Once again, we follow the main protagonist, Roper, as he tries to secure his position as Black Lord, as well as Bellamus, a highly intelligent Sutherner who aims to bring […]

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The Bone Ships by RJ Barker

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
5

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. Then the dragons disappeared. But the battle for supremacy on the high seas persisted. When the first dragon in centuries is spotted in far-off waters, both sides see a chance to shift the balance of […]

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One Way by S. J. Morden

One Way by S. J. Morden
4

Frank Kittridge is a middle-aged convict, doing time for killing his son’s drug supplier. His wife has divorced him and moved away with their son; he hasn’t heard from either of them since he went inside. He’ll never see them again and will die in prison serving his 120-year sentence. He’s not a typical murderer; […]

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Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes
4.75

Seven Blades in Black is the first book in The Grave of Empires series. The central theme is the contest for power between mages—those with any magical or superhuman ability—and non-mages—regular humans. Before the events of this book, the Empress—a mage from a lineage of powerful mages—gave birth to her first child and heir, who […]

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