First in a series, this fast-paced and exciting book introduces a complex world filled with strong, unique characters. The plot itself is fairly simple: a young noble boy is sent to the martial academy, where he makes friends with the despised younger brother of the King’s heir – and then things spiral out of control. […]
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This is Sword & Sorcery at its finest! There is swashbuckling action and adventure aplenty, but also a good deal of heart and character development as well. The plot will keep you guessing the whole way through…and this is the first in a series of six (although each book stands alone), so there’s plenty more […]
First in the ongoing “October Daye” series, but the world-building and story are fully fleshed out in this novel. McGuire has an encyclopedic knowledge of fairy tales (the dark, un-Disney-fied kind) and folk lore, and they all come out to play here. Your heroine is a half-fey, half-human changeling who just spent the better part […]
The first in an epic fantasy/alt-history series, centered around a courtesan/spy in a fantasy version of medieval France. More political intrigue than Game of Thrones, sex that makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a kid’s book, and writing that would make poets weep with envy!
This is one of the early classics of fantasy literature, with a huge influence on writers of the genre as a whole. The story is familiar – a mortal man marries a fairy princess – but it continues well past the “happily ever after,” and the writing and language are lyrical and haunting. A truly […]
What if you were the hero promised by legend – and then failed? Medair an Rynstar was supposed to be that hero, but a critical error at what should have been her moment of triumph means that she has awoken 500 years after the invasion she was meant to stop. Now, the country she loves […]
This book swept the major science fiction awards when it came out, winning the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, BSFA Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award and Locus Award – and all of them well-deserved. It’s a terrific concept, and executed to perfection. The world-building is comprehensive and engaging, and the author’s ability to convey the experience of […]
This book is a love letter to anyone who grew up immersed in sci-fi & fantasy, who dreamed of Impressing their own dragon and finding their karass and going on their own quest, who felt completely out of sync with the “real” world, but ultimately wanted to find their own place in it. The framework […]
A medieval murder mystery, set in England during the reign of Henry II. After several children are murdered in Cambridge, the town blames the Jewish community, and Henry sends for a medical examiner from the medical school in Salerno, Italy, to help solve the case and restore order. The fact that the expert they send […]
It may seem strange to say about a book in a series called “The Murderbot Diaries,” but this was just a whole lot of fun! It’s full of classic sci-fi elements like a stranded team on a hostile planet under attack from unknown sources, but tells the tale from the viewpoint of the team’s assigned […]
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