“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.