“Those who loved The Tiger’s Daughter for its slow burn romance will find The Phoenix Empress a stirring, compassionate book.”
In the land of Iwagoto, an old danger is returning. Every thousand years, someone with the right prayers can summon up a dragon to grant their wish—for good or for ill.
Esmae is born cursed—destined to destroy her mother’s kingdom that her twin brother is to inherit.
Reader warning: This review contains spoilers.
Dark elves and rogue warriors battle for the fate of a savage world in an action-packed, high fantasy relaunch of R. A. Salvatore’s Dungeons and Dragons-inspired franchise.
The Armored Saint is a book that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.
This heady blend of sci-fi, romance, and revolution reels in the reader from the start.
Sancia Grado starts this book facedown in the mud, and things don’t get much better for her from there.
In her follow up to The Half-Drowned King, Linnea Hartsuyker continues her novelization of Snorri Sturlison’s “The Saga of Harald Harfagr” in an immaculately researched story that stands u
“King of Ashes is the entertaining beginning to a welcome new series by a fantasy great.”
“Ragnvald danced on the oars, leaping from one to the next as the crew rowed. Some kept their oars steady to make it easier for him; some tried to jostle Ragnvald off when he landed on them.
“It was a small gesture of defiance, a candle against the dark night, but later Jian would remember that moment and think, That is when it really began.”
“Cold-Forged Flame is an exciting and engaging start to a new series.”
Tor is really knocking it out of the park with these short novels and novellas they've been publishing recently. The Ghoul King is another good one.
Trying too hard with Celtic mythology and a modern setting in KingFisher, McKillip fails to reach her full award-winning potential (she has won the World Fantasy Award previously), in this
“a satisfying coming-of-age story via a fantastical adventure.”
Jim Butcher long ago proved that he had what it takes to write long, complex, but wildly readable series.
“daring, relentlessly imaginative, and stunningly ambitious.”
“A pulp story with a more mature and thoughtful edge.”
“. . . absorbing and detailed, different from anything else out there . . .”
“. . . an addicting read. . . . N. K. Jemisin knows exactly what she’s doing as a fantasy writer.”
“Laini Taylor writes with a lush use of words. They’re lyrical and sweeping. The characterizations are layered and full-bodied.
“. . . a great read . . . a quickly paced thriller with elegant writing and fully drawn characters.”
Language is magic. It allows us to communicate the intangible as well as the concrete; to relate history, invent story, and blend both into the sometimes maddening mix called legend.