Book Review

Seven Blades in Black

Title: Seven Blades in BlackAuthor: Sam SykesSeries: The Grave of Empires #1Published: Orbit (April 9, 2019)Pages: 704 (Paperback)Rating: 5/5 This is my first Sam Sykes book, but it definitely won't be the last. The novel has great morally gray characters, a unique magic system, and a tale that keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next. And, if… Continue reading Seven Blades in Black

Book Review

Small Spaces

Title: Small SpacesAuthor: Katherine ArdenSeries: Small Spaces #1Published: GP Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2018)Pages: 218 (Hardcover)Rating: 5/5 Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time. So when I heard she was writing a Middle Grade series, I knew I was going to have to read it. And, I'm so glad I did.… Continue reading Small Spaces

Book Review

Royal Assassin

Title: Royal AssassinAuthor: Robin HobbSeries: The Farseer Trilogy #2, Realm of the Elderlings #2Published: Harper Voyager (First published March 1996)Pages: 648 (Paperback)Rating: 5/5 I really liked Assassin’s Apprentice. I loved Royal Assassin. Hobb’s writing is just so damn compelling. “The man who must brag for himself knows that no one else will.” Royal Assassin picks up right were Assassin’s Apprentice left… Continue reading Royal Assassin

Book Review

Assassin’s Apprentice

Title: Assassin's ApprenticeAuthor: Robin HobbSeries: The Farseer Trilogy #1, Realm of the Elderlings #1Published: Harper Voyager (First published May 1995)Pages: 392 (Paperback)Rating: 4/5 I know a common criticism of Robin Hobb, and this trilogy specifically, is that her narrative tends to meander, and there is a lot of unnecessary exposition. But, I didn't find that to be the case at all… Continue reading Assassin’s Apprentice

Book Review

The Blade Itself

Title: The Blade ItselfAuthor: Joe AbercrombieSeries: First Law #1Published: Orbit (First published May 4, 2016)Pages: 503 (Paperback)Rating: 4/5 So Joe Abercrombie is a giant in the fantasy genre, but I've been putting off reading his books for ages. What if I didn't like them? Would I even be able to call myself an SFF reader? But, I shouldn't have worried. This… Continue reading The Blade Itself

Book Review

House of Salt and Sorrows

Title: House of Salt and SorrowsAuthor: Erin A. CraigPublished: Delacorte (August 6, 2019)Pages: 416 (Hardcover)Rating: 4.5/5 I didn't know much about this book going into it, but it was a Book of the Month selection, and I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling. House of Salt and Sorrows is a loose retelling of The Twleve Dancing Princesses,… Continue reading House of Salt and Sorrows

Book Review

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Title: Gods of Jade and ShadowAuthor: Silvia Moreno-GarciaPublished: Del Rey (July 23, 2019)Pages: 352 (Hardcover)Rating: 5/5 Gods of Jade and Shadow is a gorgeous, #ownvoices historical fantasy set during the Jazz Age and inspired by Mexican Folklore. And, I have no doubt that this book will make my top 10 list this year. “Words are seeds, Casiopea. With words you… Continue reading Gods of Jade and Shadow