The Black Shriving by Phil Tucker
 

The Black Shriving

Review

 
Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga
 

Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
 

Godsgrave

Review

 

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
4.5

“A girl like you has no place in this sort of business.” “Believe me, Captain,” Mia replied. “You’ve never met a girl like me.” Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave, the second book in the Nevernight Chronicles, is not an easy book to review. This isn’t because the book isn’t outstanding – it is. You should buy it. […]

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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
5

The Blue Sword takes place in a setting reminiscent of British Imperialism, where the Homelanders have occupied the Royal Province of Daria for a generation. Penniless and with few prospects after the deaths of her parents, Harry Crewe is sent to join her brother, a soldier at the remote desert outpost. While she finds life […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 

Well everyone, we have somehow managed to navigate the perils of 2017 to survive all the way into October! I think we all should be congratulated on this sterling effort, since I originally figured this would be a quick money-making opportunity. Everyone would stop coming to Urskuul’s Reading Circle after the first few months and […]

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The Silent Shield by Jeff Wheeler

The Silent Shield by Jeff Wheeler
4.5

Spoiler Warning: It is difficult to craft a review of the fifth book in a series without spoiling some degree of what has come before. I’ve done my best to limit spoilers to the first trilogy of Kingfountain books but if you’re looking to read the entire saga with little or no foreknowledge, go buy […]

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Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
4.5

And so we’ve reached the end of the line. Not for my writing for Fantasy-Faction, of course. That, hopefully, will carry on for a long time. No, I mean my reviews of the Young Wizards series, as this month I read the latest installment, Games Wizards Play. It probably doesn’t surprise anyone at this point […]

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A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane

A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
4.5

Maybe it’s because Mars is named for the Roman god of war, but something about the Red Planet has captured human imagination, or at least the imagination of Western media. Think about it: when there are invaders from within our own solar system, where do they most often come from? It’s a trope that’s over […]

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The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler

The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler
4

Spoiler Warning: While what follows is a spoiler-free look at The Hollow Crown, discussion of the 4th book in a series and the start of a new trilogy necessarily “spoils” much of what came before. If you plan on reading Wheeler’s Kingfountain novels but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, suffice it to say […]

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The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki – Volumes 1-7 Series Review

The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki – Volumes 1-7 Series Review
4.5

Do you like folklore? Pretty imagery? Stories reminiscent of fairytales without being a direct retelling or adaptation? If so, you should read The Ancient Magus’ Bride. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is the story of Chise Hatori, a girl who happens to be able to see into another realm. Unfortunately, what Chise often sees is frightening. […]

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Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
4.25

“I’ve recently discovered that people rarely tell the whole truth.” “Is that what you’re here to do then, Kellen?” Osia’phest asked hopefully. “Tell the whole truth?” I smiled. “No, my Lords Magi, I’m not here for that.” In Spellslinger, the first book in Sebastien de Castell’s new young adult fantasy series, Kellen, a young mage-in-training […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first two books in the Bone Season series: The Bone Season and The Mime Order. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the first two books. Good afternoon lovely people! And, for those of you who are reading this in a different time zone, […]

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Wizards at War by Diane Duane

Wizards at War by Diane Duane
5

At long last, I can finally say something I’ve wanted to say since reading Wizard’s Holiday but couldn’t, for fear of spoilers: How about that cliffhanger? I haven’t seen a cliffhanger in one of Diane Duane’s books before – and given that I’ve made it through nearly a dozen, I do think I can say […]

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
5

“The library knows its own mind…When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.” I want to be stolen by a library. Pick me! Pick me! All wishing aside, there are books where you soak in words so beautifully written that sometimes you don’t need to turn the pages just yet. Laini Taylor writes […]

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