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Review: The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger

The Empire’s Ghost is epic on many levels. The massive empire of Elesthene is now history, fractured into separate lands. Magic has become fable, thought to be rooted in superstition rather than historical fact. The story gives viewpoints from several rulers, all with their own agendas and ruling styles. You also get the view point of many citizens and soldiers...

Review: Holver Alley Crew by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Holver Alley Crew is the first book in a new series by Marshall Ryan Maresca. I have to say, I find this publishing schedule a bit fascinating. Keep in mind, all of his series are executed in a way that (at least so far), they can be read in any order and can be read independently of each other. This...

Review: With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu

The Shattered Sands trilogy was by far one of my favorite finds of last year. With Blood Upon the Sand continues to deepen the intrigue and entanglements, and displays the harsh desert environment is not the only thing to fear in Sharakhai. It will also take your emotions and bend them to its will, ripping them through fear to excitement,...

Review: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty is a cohesive blend of science fiction, mystery and thriller. It starts off strong with a new crew of six clones awaking under mysterious circumstances. They quickly realize their memories are not fully up to date, and it looks like it is quite apparent at least some them were murdered (thus triggering these new clones to...

Review: Firebrand by Kristen Britain

Just a quick reminder that while my review is spoiler free for Firebrand, there are likely spoilers for the previous books. There is something about returning to read a new book the Green Rider series that just makes me happy. Maybe it is because I this is one of the first series I read in the fantasy genre, but I...

Backlist Burndown Review: Rat Queens

I’ve not read all that many graphic novels, and Rat Queens is quite a departure from the ones I have read. The title of this volume is “Sass and Sorcery” and quite frankly, that’s very fitting, particularly the sass. Rat Queens is a group of mercenaries, made up of irreverent, sarcastic women who enjoy indulging in their share of drink,...

Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I love a great vampire book when it has a good dose of darkness to it, a feel of danger that overwhelms the romanticism. Certain Dark Things is far from the darkest vampire story I’ve read, but it still has a great balance and in addition, it also has a very interesting setting. The story takes place in Mexico City,...

Review: Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

Den of Wolves was a wonderful conclusion to the Blackthorn and Grim trilogy. If you read the first two, you can expect more of Marillier’s fluid prose, that quickly brings emotional connections to characters in a way that just feels simple and natural. The style of her writing just flows, and I honestly can’t pinpoint how it works so much...

Review: The Burning Isle by Will Panzo

The Burning Isle is a book that captivated me from the very beginning. It’s fun, fast paced and I immediately felt connected to the protagonist, Cassius. I  found myself both rooting for him and also growing more curious about him with each page. The story is told from his POV, and has a series of interspersed flash back chapters that...