Top Ten Tuesday – Backlist Books I Need to Read Like Yesterday
Top Ten Tuesday / November 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Ten Backlist Books I Want to Read The only thing hard about the list this week was getting it down to only ten books. There are so many backlist books I want to read, and they unfortunately fall by the wayside entirely too often. I used to make an effort to read at least one backlist book every month, but I just haven’t been able to do that this past year.  

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for March 7, 2017
New Releases / March 7, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share!   FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   FANTASY                     URBAN FANTASY       SCIENCE FICTION         HORROR       FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   Etched in Bone Bishop, Anne 3/7/2017 Gather Her Round Bledsoe, Alex 3/7/2017 Silence Fallen Briggs, Patricia 3/7/2017 The Bone Witch Chupeco, Rin 3/7/2017 Archangel Fortune, Margaret 3/7/2017 Smells Like Finn Spirit Henderson, Randy 3/7/2017 The Holver Alley Crew Maresca, Marshall Ryan 3/7/2017 Sins of Empire McClellan, Brian 3/7/2017 Magic for Nothing McGuire, Seanan 3/7/2017 Seven Surrenders Palmer, Ada 3/7/2017 The Lovecraft Squad Probert, John Llewellyn 3/7/2017 The Song Rising Shannon, Samantha 3/7/2017 Lotus Blue Sparks, Cat 3/7/2017 Hunger Makes the Wolf Wells, Alex 3/7/2017 Empress of the Fall Hair,…

2017 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / December 12, 2016

Once again, it’s time to look ahead and get excited for what the new year has in store for us. Here’s a list of upcoming releases that I think are worth keeping track of, all either first and series or standalones. I read predominantly Fantasy, particularly epic fantasy, and my list definitely reflects that. This list wound up twice as long as I aimed for, and I know there are still more great books coming out not listed.   Looking forward to something you don’t see on the list? Share it in the comments!   EPIC FANTASY         FANTASY          SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   EPIC FANTASY       Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy. The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be…

Review: The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
4 Stars , Reviews / February 21, 2015

The Autumn Republic brings an exciting and tense, yet satisfying conclusion to the Powder Mage Trilogy. It is wrought with subterfuge and political juxtaposition. There are bloody battles both mundane and magical, that bring fear and tension and excitement to the reader. There are unexpected and surprising twists. And underneath it all,there are the relationships and characters that help bring the story to life. This book is not just action and intrigue, there are also touching moments between the people we have spent 3 books with, characters we have grown to love. I do enjoy getting the different perspectives in this book and series, as there is so much going on politically I don’t think there’s any other way to truly understand the scope of the story. In the first two books I had a clear preference for Taniel’s sections. While I am still quite eager to read them, there is one character that has finally challenged him a bit for my “favorite”. Nila, the laundress turned mysterious Privileged, the one who can draw from the Else without the use of gloves. Despite not having the luxury of formal training sessions, she does start to learn to harness and use her powers and we start to get a glimpse of just…

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
4 Stars , Reviews / May 25, 2014

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 enjoyed the world that Brian McClellan has created for the Powder Mage Trilogy. There’s a wonderfully engaging blend of politics, intrigue, magic and even meddling Gods. And this one comes packed with emotional, tense and emotionally tense moments. The Crimson Campaign contains three storylines, which may be connected at some point in the larger picture, but in this, they were all rather distinct and could be stories that would hold on their own. As is typically the case when I read stories like this, I developed preferences among them, Taniel’s storyline taking seat as my favorite. Ahh, yes. Taniel Two-Shot. Everyone’s favorite gunpowder snorting addict is back, fighting on the frontline. Ka-Poel is once again there with him. She is still one of my favorite characters even though she is not a predominant one. Maybe the fact that she can’t…

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
4 Stars , Reviews / October 29, 2013

  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 I have killed it.   First off …. Have you heard a better line than that? I absolutely love it. It’s chilling and powerful . I said this book was ambitious, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t achieve what it was striving for. In a country on the verge of war, where the nobles lived an easy life of excess while the commoners were starving, Field Marshal Tamas organized a coup. A brutal, blood stained coup that no one could have ever imagined possible. In it’s wake, Tamas is now still facing war with the Kez, but is also dealing with an internal rebellion of Royalist that are looking for him to pay for his treason. And if that is not enough, there are of course complications from the church and from unions. Politically, this book is full of layers…