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Tough Traveling – Invisible College (hidden schools)

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free...

Waiting on Wednesday – Fool’s Assassin

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. What can I say? I absolutely reading about love Fitz and whatever tragic adventures come his way. We thought we were done after the Tawny Man trilogy, but I am ecstatic to learn we are not. Really can’t wait to read...

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

  If the blurb isn’t enough, here’s the trailer. It gives quite a good feel for the tone of the book: [video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_Xo3A5UTjso”]   I just loved this book. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I think it is better to go into this one knowing as little as possible. But as you can likely gather from...

Monthly Musings – May 2014

This is a new monthly feature I am going to try, where I look back at what I read (or tried to read) during the past month. I also plan on highlighting my experiences in any book club reads I did during the month as well. I will always start with any books I would label as a surprise find/underread...

The Three by Sarah Lotz

The Three by Sarah Lotz is a truly fascinating story. The manner in which it is told is even more fascinating. The premise, four separate planes, across the world on four different continents crash on the same day. And somehow, there are three survivors, all children. What are the odds? Four fatal crashes all on the same day? And three of...

Tough Traveling – Immortals

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so...

Waiting on Wednesday – Hellsblood Bride

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. This one is a ways out. There are a ton of books between now and then that I am waiting on, but I just saw the cover and the publication date, so I’m excited. This is the second book in Chuck...

Irenicon by Aidan Harte

I love when a book that wasn’t on my radar comes my way and takes me by surprise. This is exactly what happened with Irenicon by Aidan Harte. I had heard of the book, recognized the cover, but honestly didn’t know much about it. When I took a closer look and realized that the main protagonist was actually female and...

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

This is a spoiler free review, but assumes you have read The Promise of Blood, so it is probably not spoiler free for that. If you are new to the series, I suggest you check out my review for Promise of Blood and know that I feel Crimson Campaign is on par with the first book.   Once again, I...

Tough Traveling – Hidden Kingdoms

  This feature originated Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn. Here’s his outline for what it is and how it works. Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy. A feature/meme started here at Fantasy Review Barn, Tough Traveling is yet another...