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Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

I’ve read a few Anastasia retellings in the last year (Heart of Iron and LIFEL1K3) but this is the one I’ve been waiting for. Listen, I’m all for science fiction.  I like sci-fi.  But my heart belongs to fantasy and Nadine Brandes’ retelling has hints of magic, historical fiction, and alternate history.  This is the Anastasia retelling I’ve been trying to find for a couple years.  So let me tell you why, outside the genre, I love it. Nadine Brandes’s Fawkes received a bit of love from the blogging community last year.  I was never supremely interested in Fawkes, but now that I’ve […]

Posted April 25, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

So.  Middlegame. I have a lot of feelings about this book, and I bounced back and forth a lot about whether or not I enjoyed it.  Middlegame is a really smart book, filled with impressive research.  Asphodel Baker wanted to change the world by taking humanity to the Impossible City and giving us a utopia… but her successor, Reed, wants to use the Impossible City to rule the world.  Reed has spent his career engineering twins to embody the doctrine.  When he loses control of the one set of “cuckoos”, he sends his executioner out to solve the problem, but […]

Posted April 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
King of Fools by Amanda Foody

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

In Ace Of Shades, Erienne Salta liked dresses and devoured cookies like they were oxygen.  She was naive and interesting and determined and had grit. I miss that Enne.  Because in King Of Fools, our protagonists seem like entirely different people.  Levi is all over the place, and the charm that made me enjoy him in the first book seems to be lost now because Levi’s just a hot mess.  The darling bite of his personality seem to have shifted to Jac.  And Lola, so full of promise? She faded to the background.  We have a lot of new faces […]

Posted April 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne starts out with potential.  It tells the story of the succession of a kingdom – two children born to the royal family.  One child is born blind, the other a child with albinism.  The nobility is at first aghast, for these are not “normal” children.  Nonetheless, the burning throne claims both children as heirs.  A third child, the daughter of an outcast brother of the regent, is presented.  The burning throne accepts her too, but the royal family doesn’t, and her father swears revenge. The story sets itself to be a fight for the throne between […]

Posted April 3, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I want to start off this review by refuting the claim that it’s a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones.  I honestly believe that got me in the wrong mindset from the beginning, because that comparison left me wanting so much more.  Descendant of the Crane features a fairly messed up royal family, but otherwise, this is its own thing. The opening of the story is great.  We start just after the death of the king.  The atmosphere is gloomy and unpredictable, even dangerous.  The main characters steal into a disreputable district to seek forbidden magic.  It’s a great beginning.  It pulled me […]

Posted March 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

If you’re looking for a deeply dark fantasy world, littered with monsters, then Wicked Saints is for you.  It’s gruesome and gritty and filled with an excellent amount of magic and uncertainty. Our protagonist, Nadya, is the last Cleric.  She has been chosen by the gods to deliver Kalyazin from the endless war with Tranavia and bring the gods back into perspective.  While Nadya is backed by the goddess of death, she is able to commune with all the gods.  This is historically unheard of.  Driven by rage and piety and hopes of revenge, Nadya follows the mysterious Malachiasz into the heart […]

Posted March 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //