Fantasy

B+
Romanov

I knew going in that Romanov would be an emotional read. A fantasy novel about the Russian royal family’s incarceration told from the view point of Grand Duchess Anastasia, it could hardly be a cheery book; after all, the horrifying historical ending to that imprisonment is common knowledge. Howev ...

A-
The Gilded Wolves

Combining the cleverness and action of a heist movie with a touch of fantasy and whole lot of charm,  The Gilded Wolves is a story of colonialism, power and corruption. But mostly, it’s a tale of friendship and finding a place for ourselves in a world that has no room for us.# When God destroy ...

A
Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield follows up The Thirteenth Tale with Once Upon a River, a story of mysticism and religion colliding during the time when Darwinian theory was first taking hold. On the bank of the Thames at Redcot, there once sat a magical inn called the Swan at Radcot, which becomes known for be ...

B+
The Scar

Do you like pirates? Not sophisticated swashbucklers or gorgeous heroes on the high seas, but people who are both murderers and visionaries, daring and repulsive, fiercely individual outlaws banding together in a complex patchwork society? That’s China Miéville for you. The Scar, the second novel ...

A+
Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver is a lush, richly imagined, gloriously magical fantasy novel that takes its inspiration from Russian and Jewish folklore. A story full of adventure, wit, dangerous fey and clever queens, it is everything, EVERYTHING that a fairy tale for adults should be. Irina is the plain daught ...

B
Prisoner of the Crown

Jeffe Kennedy offers an exciting new look at the world she created in her Twelve Kingdoms and Uncharted Realms series with Prisoner of the Crown. The opening tale in the trilogy about the lost princess of Dasnaria, this is one of the best books in this fantasy saga. It is a standalone novel, so you ...

B
The Queen of Sorrow

Note: This review may contain spoilers for previous books in series. It’s finally here, the final book in Sarah Beth Durst’s Renthia trilogy, and I have mixed feelings. On one hand, The Queen of Sorrow beautifully wraps up most of the threads from the previous books, leaving just one or two f ...

B
Perdido Street Station

The first time I read China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, I was not only confused, I was repelled. Too much was happening in a rank, unpleasant world where everything seemed to end badly for everyone. I kept the book only because I’d paid good money for it. A few years later, I read it a ...

D
Wonderblood

I was utterly thrilled to get a copy of Julia Whicker's Wonderblood for review, as it seemed like it would be right up my alley. I'm a huge fan of dystopian fiction, rival queens, and anything having to do with carnivals, and this book contained all of those elements. Unfortunately though, I was una ...

B+
Call of Fire

When it comes right down to it, sequels are hit or miss. When the author does a fantastic job of setting up an alternate history in book one, as Beth Cato does in Breath of Earth, it’s a really hard act to follow. In the end, Call of Fire is a good follow up, but doesn’t quite match the intensit ...