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Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

  Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan is an ambitious fantasy on an undeniable epic scale. The cover of this book is a perfect representation. It captures Tamas looking tired, worn down on the throne, grasping his weapon, all on a dais covered with spilt blood and a discarded crown. The Age of Kings is dead . . . and...

Dreams and Shadows by Robert C. Cargill

  Dreams and Shadows by Rober C. Cargill will open your eyes to the darker side of the fae as it illustrates a very interesting take on fairy tales. The creepy, disturbing, and frankly terrifying nature they bring to the human world.  The story follows the life of two boys. Ewan, who was raised among the magical and mystical creatures...

Heartwood by Freya Robertson

I was looking forward to Heartwood since I heard about it months ago. It’s a book about knights, war and magic. Excited to get an ARC of this from Angry Robot, I was eager to finally read it. Sadly, I was disappointed. I don’t know exactly what style of book I expected, but the one I got just unfortunately did...

Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

  Looking back over my book club reads for the year, Fevre Dream was one of my favorites, so I decided to write up a review of it. I am a huge fan of ASoIaF, but had not read Martin’s Fevre Dream. With such a successful series, you have to wonder about earlier books by the author. Will they live...

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan is a beautifully written epic fantasy. I enjoyed Altered Carbon, but I can’t say I noticed Morgan’s prose as much as I did in this. There are three points of view in this, and I have to admit to a strong preference for Ringil. I feel like he is the star of the...

The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu

  The Deaths of Tao is a continuation of everything that was done right in Lives of Tao. Action, suspense, humor, and yes, plot as well. It jumps in several years after Lives of Tao ended. Roen is no longer the overweight bumbling new host that entertained us in the first book. But that does not mean he is any less entertaining. Roen is...

Where do you talk about the books you read?

Where do you talk about the books you read?

So, I am working on a post about my experience with online forums and book clubs and thought it would be interesting to include some data from other readers in it. Thanks for taking a moment to fill out my poll (you can select multiple options):

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

  The Republic of Thieves is one of those books that make me second guess all the other 5 star ratings I have doled out this year. In some ways it felt very familiar (in a good way) to go back to reading a story by Lynch. Once again, I love his prose. I love the irreverent nature of the...

The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan

  The Rose and the Thorn is the second half of Riyria Chronicles, a duology prequel to the previously released Riyria Revelations, by Michael J. Sullivan. I loved Riyria Revelations, so I was very eager to read these. One of the aspects that make these books so enjoyable is that Sullivan has created a very fun and interesting dynamic between his two main characters,...