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Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
 

Spellslinger

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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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Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane

Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane
5

It’s probably a safe assumption that people who read my reviews are familiar with the website TV Tropes. (For those who are not, beware: this website will quite literally eat hours of your time, along with expanding your to-be-read and to-be-watched lists.) There is a certain trope which the site refers to as a Busman’s […]

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A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane

A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane
4.5

Whatever else may be your opinion of A Wizard Alone, you have to admit that you will likely never read any other book which opens with a boy arguing with a DVD player as the DVD player argues back. I’ve noticed in checking out the Young Wizards series from the library that they all come […]

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The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane

The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane
5

Well, here we are. Another month, another volume of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series. By now, you probably all know what to expect from this review: chatter about brilliantly portrayed non-human characters, gushing over the way the theme of wizardry as selflessness continues to come up in the series, and maybe, if I find the […]

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The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review

The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review
4

Some of the best series I’ve read are series that have snuck up on me—ones that I’ve gone into cold, either based on a random cover, a sale or some other arcane reason. The sense of discovery that comes with unearthing a diamond in the rough adds to the reading experience in myriad ways, not […]

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Heart Blade by Juliana Spink Mills

Heart Blade by Juliana Spink Mills
3

Urban fantasy is absolutely my bag. I write it. I read it. I openly pine to live in a world where I can punch a troll in the face on my way home from work. Or to work. Honestly, I’m not picky about when my troll punching gets done. The idea that something big and […]

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A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane

A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
5

Can any self-respecting fantasy author write a series about magic in our world without mentioning Ireland? The answer, of course, is yes, but facts are beside the point. The point is Ireland has a place in the popular imagination (particularly the popular imagination of the sorts of people prone to reading fantasy and thinking about […]

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High Wizardry by Diane Duane

High Wizardry by Diane Duane
5

Even though I’ve only reviewed two books in Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, I’m sure people will be able to guess from the previous two reviews how this one will go. I’ll swoon over the friendship between Nita and Kit, and how the two of them are such a perfect example of a bookish friendship […]

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