Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay | a review

‘Villages or farms on a violent border divided by faith didn’t become peaceful because of pen strokes in courts far away.’

Children of Earth and Sky is inspired by Renaissance Europe and follows a range of characters: an angry woman pretending to be someone she’s not, an artist travelling to a dangerous city, a boy training to be a soldier, an apathetic merchants son  and a young woman who is out to avenge her family. These characters come together and apart to weave a wonderful tale of loss, war, love and loyalty. Kay does not disappoint.

I really took my time with this one, time to savour Guy Gavriel Kay’s sumptuous prose. Let’s not beat around the bush, Continue reading


The City of Brass | S A Chakraborty | a review

I have mixed feelings about The City of Brass. I largely enjoyed it: it was refreshing to read a fantasy with a setting other than feudal Europe and I particularly enjoyed the djinn and other fantastical creatures in this story. The writing is good and it was certainly compelling enough to keep me reading all day. Sadly, there are a few things in City of Brass that I didn’t really enjoy.

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The Bitter Twins | Jen Williams | a review

The Bitter Twins by Jen WilliamsHappy publication day to this beauty! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams towards the end of last year and just reading through my notes to write this review got me excited to read it again! It certainly packs an emotional punch, so be prepared.As it is a sequel (to The Ninth Rain, in case you didn’t know – go read that first, it’s great!) I won’t dwell on the plot, I’ll just say that it continues on a little after the ending of The Ninth Rain and while we get a lot of answers, a whole host of new questions are raised. Luckily, Williams’ fantastic writing and intriguing characters still leave me with plenty to chat about.

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Guns of the Dawn | Adrian Tchaikovsky | a review

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian TchaikovskyFirst of all, I loved this book. It’s definitely one that I’ll reread many times and I am still thinking about it a week after finishing it.

This is going to be long, I’m not sorry. I’ll start with what I loved. (Which is pretty much everything!) This is my first Tchaikovsky and is not my usual fantasy pick. I like my fantasy feudal. Technology (including any sort of gun/grenade/canon) is normally a huge turn off for me when I’m looking to escape reality. Guns of the Dawn, obviously, contains guns. Lots and lots of guns – it is primarily a story about humanity and warfare. I am so glad I took a risk and read it as it is about so much more than that too. I would like to preface all this with saying that this is definitely fantasy lite. Yes there are warlocks who can conjure fire and the countries are imaginary, but the magic does not have a huge role in the story at all.

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Written In Red | Anne Bishop | a review

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Looking for a good paranormal urban fantasy where the shifters/vamps/etc aren’t humanised so pretty young girls have an excuse to fall in love with them? This is it.

Anne Bishop is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors. Continue reading

Twelve Kings | Bradley P Beaulieu | a review


Twelve Kings by Bradley P BeaulieuTwelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu is the first book in a six book epic fantasy series set in the great city of Sharakai, deep in the heart of an oppressive desert landscape. This is the kind of fantasy I’ve been searching for. A world of sand dunes, fighting pits & kings; tribes, waking gods & monsters. Sex, lies, betrayals: determination, ruthlessness, skill all together makes Twelve Kings one of my favourite reads.

It is wonderful. and I’ll tell you why.

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The Bear and the Nightingale | Katherine Arden | a review

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenEver since I devoured Catherynne M Valente’s Deathless, I’ve been on the look out for good literary adult fairytale-esque stories steeped with folklore and simmering with magic. I think The Bear and the Nightingale delivers. Set deep in the Russian countryside, we follow Vasilisa (immediately a nod to Russian folklore) from her birth to the
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Mythos | Stephen Fry | a review

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry

I’m always a bit skeptical when new Greek mythology books are released as they are all too often factual exploratory analyses of the myths, breaking down the meaning or impact rather than actually telling me (or retelling!) the actual stories. And so it was with no small sense of trepidation that I began Mythos. I am so glad I did as it proved to be exactly what I’ve been searching for.

What makes this retelling of Greek myths different from all the others that I have collected over the years is the coherent chronology Continue reading

2017 Reading Wrap Up

Happy 2018! I hope you’ve all enjoyed a lovely festive break and haven’t had too hard a shock to your system by getting back to work.

2017 was a bit of a mixed bag for me, looking back I don’t feel like that many books stand out. I read a lot of average books this year, which is a bit disappointing. However, there are a few good things to discuss. My Goodreads Reading Challenge was 150 books and while some months I totally beat the target, others I slumped and there was a time when I thought I wouldn’t make it. I’m happy I managed 151 in the end but I’m not really using a high target going forward as I think the pressure made me read too many average books. Yet powering through made me realise that my tastes have developed again, I’ve moved away from YA and embraced Regency Romances and more Urban Fantasy with Fantasy in general remaining as my numero uno genre. Continue reading

My 2017 Favourites | Book List 2 of 2

As I was unable to keep myself from only writing a few sentences about my top 10 reads of 2017, here is my second round of favourite books of the year. If you would like to see the other half, check out my first post here. In no particular order….

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

I enjoyed this one so much I was unable to write a decent review when I first read it, so I will try my best to describe why you need to read this book here. The Ninth Rain has everything a fantasy book should have Continue reading