The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316334006
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Published: Orbit - December 9th, 2014

After her mother dies, Yeine Darr is summoned to the city of Sky, where the Gods are enslaved, and she is named an Heiress to the King. She is ultimately thrust into a power struggle with the other two Heirs and soon realizes that the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the first book in her Inheritance trilogy. It features exquisite world-building, well-rounded characters, and a romance that will leave you asking for more (not because it was lacking, but because it was THAT good). The diversity that Jemisin writes into the story, from race to sexuality, is also something to keep an eye on. The following two books are set in the same world, following different characters, but each book is just as good as the previous one. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The) by Erika Johansen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062290380
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea, who was raised in exile, is escorted by the Queen’s Guard back to the palace of her birth, where she will be expected to take her late mother’s place as Queen of the Tearling. Soon, Kelsea discovers that there are some who will stop at nothing to deny her the crown, even if it means using dark blood magic to do so. The Queen of the Tearling is a novel filled with action, magic, and a touch of mystery. The world-building is on a whole new level, as are the characters and their relationships with each other. You will absolutely fall in love with Kelsea and her guard Lazarus (the Mace), mark my words. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy #1) by Brian McClellan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316219044
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Published: Orbit - April 8th, 2014

Ever wondered what would happen when you mix magic with an industrial revolution? Well, Promise of Blood is your answer. Field Marshal Tamas has overthrown the King and executed the corrupt aristocrats, now he must reckon with war, royalists, and internal strife. But when dark omens begin to appear, Tamas’ problems might involve far more than just angry citizens; they might just include battling the Gods. McClellan’s debut is filled with everything you love in a Fantasy novel. Political intrigue moves the plot forward, while the unique gunpowder and elemental magic weaves action into the story. However, the best part would have to be the incredibly flawed cast of characters. None of them are perfect, but that’s what makes them so easy to connect to. McClellan’s subtle character development and slow burning plot have proven him to be a master storyteller. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

Bloody Rose (The Band) by Nicholas Eames - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316362535
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Published: Orbit - August 28th, 2018

It's not easy growing up in the shadow of your forebears, particularly when your father was the frontman of the most renowned band in history. All her life, Rose has been trying to find herself - and losing herself. When her band, Fable, has one final gig with the prospect of a peaceful retirement at the end, they enlist Tam as their new bard - herself trying to escape the long shadow cast by her own father - and set out. Of course, with a horde running roughshod through the countryside, nothing is as simple as it seems. Like its own precursor, Bloody Rose is told from the point of view of a secondary character, and like Rose, the novel stands to rise above even the greatness of that which came before. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis

Kings of the Wyld (The Band) by Nicholas Eames - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316362474
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Published: Orbit - February 21st, 2017

What if there were a fantasy world inspired by rock ‘n’ roll of our past? The usual group of adventurers - “bands”, obviously - go from town to town, but rather than their gigs being to play music, it’s to kill whatever goblins, centaurs, or what-have-yous are troubling the town. Bands gain glory and renown for their exploits, but clearly it was better in the old days. But now, to save the frontman’s daughter, it’s time to get the band back together for one last tour. They may be old, but Saga is about to show the new kids what real heroes look like. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis

NVK: A Novel by Temple Drake - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781590519356
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Published: Other Press - November 26th, 2019

NVK was given a terrible review by Publisher’s Weekly. Thankfully I read the book before I read the review.
This novel is an overlapping story. It’s a flashpoint of sudden sexual desire that smolders. It’s when the “what if” actually happens. It’s the story of a curse brought about by a singular act to survive. It is a love story and horror story all in one. So, to the reviewer at PW ~ you were looking for something else. I found what the author intended. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner


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