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…

Audiobook Review: Reign of Iron by Angus Watson
Reviews / November 5, 2015

As usual, this review will be spoiler free for Reign of Iron, however, (also as usual), there may be spoilers for the previous books in the series. In this case I wanted to give an extra reminder/warning, because I discuss how a *huge spoiler* for the series from book two impacted this book.   IF YOU HAVE NOT READ CLASH OF IRON — DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW       Angus Watson has shown he has some serious guts when it comes to his writing. The death of a major character, actually, I would argue THE major character from books 1 and 2 was a huge risk. I mean, for all the talk of authors like Martin showing his characters no mercy and killing them at will, I have to say there has never been a death in ASoIaF as shocking as what we read at the end of Clash if Iron. That would be like killing Arya , Tyrion or Jon Snow, and even Martin hasn’t gone that far. So, the overwhelming question going in to book 3, is how is this series going to survive the catastrophic blow we were left with a the end of the Clash…

Review: Clash of Iron by Angus Watson
4 Stars , Reviews / May 5, 2015

I’m going to be honest, this is a very hard review to write. I make an effort to keep everything spoiler free, and so generally don’t talk much about the ending other than liked it, didn’t like it, etc. Well, I’m going to stick with my spoiler free approach, but my problem is that this book did something completely unexpected and it’s all I can think of! It is not a crazy out of left field thing, it actually makes sense now that it’s happened and I read it, but at the same time I did not see it coming. At all. And it leaves me with less of an idea for where the third book may go. It has literally eclipsed almost every other thought I have had about this book. Luckily almost is not completely, so I will do my best 🙂 First, I don’t know how or why, but I completely forgot just how incredibly funny Age of Iron could be at times. This book quickly reminded me as it had me laughing out loud (literally) within the first 30 minutes of reading. I really enjoy how the humor (dark, snarky, sarcastic all the delicious flavors of funny)…

Stacking the Shelves – March 28, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / March 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post!   SOOO many books! I don’t even know where to start 🙂 I love that problem!   Digital ARCs                                   Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, so I read the first chapter just to feel out the style, and absolutely loved it. I dropped what I had been reading to read this. Many thanks to Saga Press! Clash of Iron by Angus Watson – I loved Age of Iron, I am really looking forward to reading this one as well. Thanks to Orbit! We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory – I have seen a lot of reviews for this and Harrison Squared recently. This one in particular sounds like a book I will love (I think it is darker than Harrison Squared), so I can’t wait to read it! My thanks to Tachyon! Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan – I saw a blurbthat says its great…

Share the Love Giveaway Hop
Giveaway / February 6, 2015

  I’m excited to be participating in the Share the Love Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Herd Hops this year. The way I see it, this is a great chance to not only share some of my favorite authors with everyone, but also to give away a book of the winner’s choice. When deciding how to pick authors for this list, I really had a hard time. There’s just so many! But then I figure no matter who I feature, I can’t go wrong. I wound up selecting 4 authors that I have discovered within the past year. Some of them are debut authors, some of them are established, but they were new to me recently. Plus one all time favorite because I just couldn’t help myself. So here it is:   The winner will have their choice of eBook, physical book or Audible audiobook for any of the books shown in this giveaway. (US only)     Grady Hendrix http://www.gradyhendrix.com What can I say? A horror story set in an IKEA knock-off chain furniture story. Just imagine being not just being in a horror story, but being trapped at work with your coworkers for it! Surrounded by corporate propoganda! This book was so incredibly fun. And while…

14 Favorites of 2014
Lists / December 28, 2014

I love reading Best of Lists, but making them can be quite hard. Here’s my list of favorites from 2014 broken down by subgenre. FAVORITE HORROR     FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION   FAVORITE FANTASY   FAVORITE FANTASY DEBUT

Tough Traveling – Kings

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 to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? KINGS KINGS come in four kinds: Puppet Kings, Bad Kings, Good Kings (rare), and Long Lost Kings. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, and am excited to jump back in. 🙂 It’s fun coming up with these lists, and I’ve missed it. Wow. This is another week where I’m tempted to do a ASoIaF edition. There’s just so many Kings to choose from!! So I’ll do two lists for each of the 4 types of kings. One ASoIaF, and on one from other series so I don’t bore everyone 🙂 I am going to put a disclaimer that my ASoIaF ones might have spoilers. Read at your…

Tough Traveling – Tyrants

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 to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? TYRANTS TYRANTS are like bad KINGS, only truly atrocious…Tourists can tell when a country is ruled by a tyrant because the road to the main city will be lined with impaled corpses. Zadar from Age of Iron by Angus Watson – This King not only has an agenda of pretty much dominance (image a dale that says “DOMINATE” instead of “EXTERMINATE”) … although in this situation, exterminate is actually one of his favorite forms of dominating. He has a twisted little side kick druid (mage) that gets his jollies on torturing and gutting his victims, all of which are compliments of his King.     *Someone* in Mirror Empire…

Age of Iron by Angus Watson
4.5 Stars , Reviews / September 2, 2014

This was a very down and dirty, gripping, enjoyable read. It is dark, twisted, funny and exciting. Despite that, this is going to be a really hard review to write. I enjoyed it. Actually, I really enjoyed it. But the interesting thing is, while reading I could pick out things that I think other people may complain about. So, do I ignore them, since I don’t really care? Or do I let people know, since am sure some readers will. I decided to go with a list of who I think should read this book at their own risk. I’m certainly not going to tell them to not read it, because, like I said, I found it to be a really good story. Who should read this book with caution? People who are easily offended by descriptions of women’s bodies. Personally, I never felt it was out of line in this book, I didn’t feel the women were objectified. But were there descriptions of the female form? Yes. If that bugs you, well prepare yourself. Now you know and can choose to read at your own risk of being outraged. People who don’t like to laugh at dark humor. I don’t know…

Waiting on Wednesday – Age of Iron
Waiting On Wednesday / July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. Wow, I really want to read this book. Like now, today, yesterday. It seems to have all the makings of a book that I will love. Down on his luck mercenary with a war hammer, child and unpredictable, vengeful warrior against a thousands strong army? Excellent. Really can’t wait. Age of Iron by Angus Watson Expected Publication:September 2nd 2014 by Orbit LEGENDS AREN’T BORN. THEY’RE MADE. Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar’s army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar’s most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister’s execution. Now Dug’s on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­– and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that’s going to get them all killed . . .