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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
 

Descendant of the Crane

Review

 
Todd Lockwood Interview – The Summer Dragon
 

Todd Lockwood

Interview – The Summer Dragon

 

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
4.25

“Tagline Intentionally Left Blank” One of my favorite parts of writing reviews is coming up with a snappy tagline that compares the book in question to iconic stories. The publisher has promoted Descendant of the Crane as a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones, and while it does have an intricate plot and luscious world building, its […]

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One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
4.5

In January 1986, 15-year-old Nick is told that he has cancer. He begins chemotherapy and struggles to maintain as much of a normal life as he can. But a girl has joined his Dungeons and Dragons group, and a mysterious man has started following him around—a man who looks curiously familiar. Nick is drawn into […]

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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver – Series Review

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver – Series Review
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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is a six book historical fantasy series by British author, Michelle Paver. The series consists of Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Outcast, Oath Breaker and Ghost Hunter. It is aimed at younger readers, but can be enjoyed by a range of ages. We follow a twelve-year-old boy, named Torak, who […]

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Soul Render by T. L. Branson

Soul Render by T. L. Branson
4

“Stormbringer in a stone.” Middle school marked the rebirth of my interest in fantasy, and after reading heroic fantasy stories like Dragonlance and Dragonriders of Pern, I was taken aback by Elric of Melnibone. The ability of Stormbringer to suck souls utterly horrified me: raised in a Southern Baptist household, the idea that the essence […]

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Sowing by Angie Grigaliunas – SPFBO #4 Finals Review

Sowing by Angie Grigaliunas – SPFBO #4 Finals Review
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*Disclaimer* Writing and reading is a subjective art. What some folks will absolutely love, others will dislike. It is a bit like Marmite in the UK—normal people dislike it intensely, but some weird folks actually enjoy the taste of warm road surface and fresh roadkill upon their tongue. To each their own, I suppose. Sowing […]

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The Son of Summer Stars by Meredith Ann Pierce

The Son of Summer Stars by Meredith Ann Pierce
4.5

Spoiler Warning: Minor spoilers for The Birth of the Firebringer, Dark Moon and The Son of Summer Stars. “Little unicorn,” he answered mildly, “attend. We gryphons are not the ones who trespass Ishi’s Vale. But consider: with the birth of your flock’s long-sought Firebringer, does not time at last betide you to depart and reclaim […]

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
4

Sometimes trips to the local charity shop can be a bust. There are however rare occasions where you’ll find a gem. For me, that gem was Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Confession time: the only other works by Gaiman that I’ve read are The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stardust, Hansel & Gretel […]

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
4.25

If GRRM wrote a mix of The Incredibles and Avatar, with a necromancer heroine. Last year, Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone came in second to RF Kuang’s The Poppy War on my personal list of Most Anticipated Debuts. After seeing Ms. Adeyemi’s interview with Jimmy Fallon (he lauded her success at an early […]

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Gryphon Riders Trilogy by Derek Alan Siddoway – Series Review

Gryphon Riders Trilogy by Derek Alan Siddoway – Series Review
4.25

My first recollection of gryphons in fantasy literature was in Dragons of Winter’s Night. In a world where dragons and their riders were in the spotlight, I was enamored with the lion-bodied, eagle-headed creatures ridden by the reclusive Silvanesti elves. Specifically, ridden by Alhana Starbreeze, who I adored probably because of my teenage obsession with […]

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
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As a big fan of titles by Becky Chambers and Pierce Brown, this space adventure by Sanderson sounded like a no brainer. In the online announcement that Sanderson made, he noted that it would be sold under the young adult branch in the US but under science fiction in the UK; it definitely felt like […]

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Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander

Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander
4.5

Between the Shade and the Shadow has a haunting, fast paced narrative that kept me enchanted from beginning to end. A gripping coming-of-age story about a rebellious adolescent girl and her wolf companion, it’s Island of the Blue Dolphins meets The Golden Compass meets The Hunger Games, except in this case, the heroine isn’t human. […]

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Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix – Series Review

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix – Series Review
5

Five Great Charters knit the land. Together linked, hand in hand. One in the people who wear the Crown. Two in the folk who keep the Dead down. Three and Five became stone and mortar. Four sees all in frozen water. Written by Australian author Garth Nix, the Abhorsen trilogy is set in the fictional […]

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