Category: Fantasy

  • Best Served Cold – by Joe Abercrombie

    Ok, I know I said I was done with Joe Abercrombie, however I don’t really enjoy leaving things unfinished; the existence of additional books in the First Law universe was there, nagging at the back of my mind, so I decided I could as well go ahead and read them.

  • Even Though I Knew The End – by C.L. Polk

    Even Though I Knew The End has been on my radar since its publication; when one of the online book clubs where I discontinuously hang out chose it as a subject for this month’s discussion, I decided it was time to give it a go.

  • Luck In The Shadows – by Lynn Flewelling

    Sometimes ago I mentioned I was planning to read the Nightrunner series for a book club I had joined. In the end, I was caught up reading other books and I didn’t precisely respect all deadlines, however I did manage to start the series. So let’s talk about its first novel, shall we?

  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? – by N.K. Jemisin

    If you know me, odds are you know how much I love N.K. Jemisin: I have read and enjoyed all her novels and some of her shorter works, and whatever she publishes is on my auto-buy list. So, why hadn’t I read this specific book yet? Perhaps because, in general, I am not always the greatest fan of short story collections; I must say, however, that this one ended up being a very satisfying read. Not that I expected anything less.

  • The Changeling – by Victor LaValle

    As I mentioned, this book has been lying in my stash for a while. All this time, I thought I had at least a vague idea of what I could expect from it – but as soon as I started it, I realised I was in uncharted territory. So I just went and enjoyed the ride, allowing myself to be surprised at every page.

  • The Black God’s Drums – by P. Djèlí Clark

    If you follow this blog you’re already familiar with P. Djèlí Clark, author of the Dead Djinn universe. This time I decided to read one of his other works; a novella that is similarly set in an alternate history where folk myths are real, but has its own distinctive setting, as well as a language that fits it.

  • Ninth House – by Leigh Bardugo

    After realising that long-awaited Hell Bent, second book of the Alex Stern series, had now been published, I decided to re-read (or re-listen) the first volume before diving into its continuation. I remember enjoying Ninth House the first time I read it, even though with some reservations, and going back to its horrifically magical Yale proved to be an intense but captivating journey.

  • The Deep – by Rivers Solomon

    After the beautiful and harrowing experience that was reading An Unkindness Of Ghosts, I was determined to read everything by Rivers Solomon, sooner or later. So when The Deep was selected as a subject by one of the online discussion groups I occasionally hang out with, I decided that the time had come.

  • Moon Witch, Spider King – by Marlon James

    Moon Witch, Spider King is the second book of the same Dark Star series to witch Black Leopard, Red Wolf belongs. It is not, however, a direct continuation on the same plot, but a different perspective on the same world, and partly on the same events. Not unlike the previous novel, it is definitely a peculiar read, that relentlessly plays with the player’s discomfort.

  • She Who Became The Sun – by Shelley Parker-Chan

    She Who Became The Sun is one of those books that come surrounded by an aura of strange, ill-fitting expectations: advertised as “Mulan meets the Song of Achilles”, greatly hyped by the same content creators that generally promote YA fantasy novels, it is actually a not really that romantic, not even so magical retelling of the rise to power of the first Ming Emperor. Even though I was aware that the blurb was somehow misleading, I still approached it expecting something lighter and cacthier than the novel was actually ever meant to be.