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Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) by Sue Lynn Tan - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780063031302
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Published: Harper Voyager - January 11th, 2022

Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a lush story based on Chinese mythology with gorgeous writing and characters you can root for. It is a coming of age story about a young woman who wants to prove herself and save her mother from a lonely fate. Classic romance and fantasy tropes collide to create a fairytale-like novel you will absolutely devour. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) by Marlon James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735220201
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

What a joy to return to the wholly original Afrofantasy world of Booker-winner Marlon James’ Dark Star Trilogy. Moon Witch, Spider King–which can be read as a standalone–offers a Rashomon-like perspective on the events of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, but that is only a fraction of Sogolon’s life. From her origins as an abused girl in a termite hill to an attendant in the royal court to the explosive discovery of her fickle powers, this book offers unparalleled world-building and character development with James’ remarkable, defamiliarizing prose. Drawing inspiration from mythology, pre-colonial history, and the different beats or tropes of African storytelling, James yet again (and maybe even better than before) does what Tolkien did for Germanic mythology and GRRM did for British history and geography. Mad kings, shapeshifters, love & heartbreak, shocking violence, strong-girl-bildungsroman, water sprites, scary nuns, and the sangomin–maybe his greatest contribution, a genuinely scary assortment of monstrous mutant children turned assassins. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Jasmine Throne (The Burning Kingdoms #1) by Tasha Suri - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316538510
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Published: Orbit - June 8th, 2021

A plot-driven, fast-paced narrative intricately laced with complicated people and relationships. The story unfolds with new colors and textures being woven in continually, culminating in a wholly original image, and ends as it begins, as a story built on the strength of its women. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) by Joe Abercrombie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316387316
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Published: Orbit - September 8th, 2015

Want some lovable characters? Some pure, righteous heroes? Look elsewhere! But if you're interested in some complicated, scarred, murderous jerks you've come to the right place. The various protagonists are so well constructed they're impossible NOT to root for, even if they're sometimes difficult to like. Abercrombie does an excellent job of shrouding the big picture story, but the protagonists really drive the story (often in very violent fashion). A great series for any fantasy lover, with a grim core but enough dark humor to keep the story humming. I loved every minute of it. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250816214
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Published: Tordotcom - November 9th, 2021

An eerie novella following a perfectly content woman living in a perfect suburbia with a perfect husband. Everything is absolutely perfect; that is until Sophia starts questioning things- like why her husband is away so much, and why the basement is always locked, and why all her neighbors seem so invested in Sophia’s happiness. Comfort Me with Apples is a twisty ride with mind-blowing reveals and a grand slam ending. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente - Book Review

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Published: Tordotcom - November 9th, 2021

Comfort Me with Apples is a short but thrilling new novella from bestselling author, Catherynne M. Valente. It is so twisted that you will not know where the story is headed until you're right in the thick of it. Trust me, you will want to go into this completely blind. It is utterly jaw-dropping. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


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