Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire

Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire

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 Wizard of Once by Cressida Cowell 2017

The Wizard of Once by Cressida Cowell 2017

The Wizards of Once is a terrific new fantasy by Cressida Cowell, the creator of How to Train Your Dragon.  This is the first in a new series,  introducing the 2 main characters,  a Wizard boy named Xar and a Warrior girl named Wish. The book has the best illustrations: spell books,  snow cats, giants, […]


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

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 50 Shades of Grey look like a kid’s book, and writing that would make poets weep with envy!


The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

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 […]


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Junior librarian, Lazlo Strange, knows many stories, but only one story fills his dreams both at night and every spare waking moment. This is the story of Weep. A city not only lost to the desert for over 200 years, but a city that has also lost its very name. Nobody can remember its true […]


The Silence of Medair/Voice Of The Lost, by Andrea K. Host

The Silence of Medair/Voice Of The Lost, by Andrea K. Host

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 […]


Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

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 […]


Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others by Jo Walton

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 […]


All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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 […]


The Girl With All The Gifts by Mike Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by Mike Carey

This is the expanded version of a short story called “Iphigenia in Aulis” that Mike Carey wrote for a collection of horror stories set in schools (An Apple For The Creature). To describe the premise beyond that would spoil the story for you, so I will just say that it is beautifully written and has […]