Fantasy

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

An incredibly unique epic fantasy heavily influenced by African Mythology. Not for the faint of heart, full of sex and violence of every kind, this story is nonetheless a revelation. It chronicles the lives of Tracker, a mercenary with an uncanny sense of smell, and his lifelong friend and sometimes lover The Leopard, a shapeshifting cat-man. Together they join a fellowship of superpowered warriors and witches, on a quest to find a boy who might be the key to saving the world. A massive book to tear through, with a very strong cast of characters of every sort, lots of nuanced queer representation, and a surprisingly apt critique of toxic masculinity. Loved it! ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) by Freya Marske - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250788870
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Published: Tordotcom - November 2nd, 2021

This book is a multi-genre basket of sweets tied up together with a really lovely prose ribbon; there's Fantasy (magic!), Romance (queer love!), and Mystery (moïder!). The author not only sets a compelling plot and realistic world building, she also fully explores the characters, their challenges, their strengths, and their journeys. Delightful. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


The Beautiful Ones: A Novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250785565
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Published: Tor Books - April 27th, 2021

Another charming story from bestselling author, Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The Beautiful Ones, at its heart, is a romance novel that follows a young woman named Nina as she makes her societal debut looking to be swept away by love. She soon meets entertainer/magician Hector who takes her under his wing in order to teach her how to use her own magical abilities. They never expected to fall in love, but how long can their courtship last when secrets and past relationships threaten everything? ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780345339683
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Published: Del Rey - July 12th, 1986

A perfectly breezy little fantasy adventure that gets you all the Middle-Earth you need. A favorite of mine as a child, it read a lot different to me as an adult... no longer was I charmed by the angry sword-swinging King Under The Mountain, rather I was disturbed by how he is driven mad by immense wealth, his unleashing of a natural disaster (dragon) on innocent civilians, and his refusal to take responsibility for his actions. Very familiar! If you haven't read this since you were young, you owe it to yourself to revisit this classic. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Piranesi by Susanna Clarke - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635577808
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

Wow, this one was an unexpected gem! Our story follows a man called Piranesi who lives in a labyrinth of a house, with halls upon halls and haunting statues and entire seas. He spends his days exploring the house- monitoring the tides and mapping the stars, charting each hall and unearthing the infinite wonders inside. This story is like a puzzle box, and bit by bit we learn more and more about Piranesi’s otherworldly home and how it came to be.
Reading this book gave me the same feelings as reading Harry Potter as a child- filled with warmth, wonder, and magic. Finishing it felt like waking from a spectral dream that you just want to close your eyes and return to. I’ve never read anything like it before, and this charming and quirky little book has earned a place among my most memorable and special reads. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


A Touch of Malice (Hades X Persephone) by Scarlett St. Clair - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781728258478
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Published: Bloom Books - August 27th, 2021

This is the third spicy installment in the “A Touch of Darkness'' books and practically redeemed the series for me! “Malice” shows the growth that came from the unfortunate, immature plot of its predecessor; Persephone is done making rash decisions, and in good time, as her mother Demeter is ravaging the Upperworld with a fatal blizzard, a human terrorist group known as the Triad is attacking gods and godesses, and her engagement to Hades gets unwanted attention from the Olympians, who fear that their marriage will bring an end to their long-held power. Lots of plot, but also lots of romance, discussions of grief and trauma, and a jaw-dropping cliffhanger that’ll make you ache for the fourth installment. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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