The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Historical fiction meets fantasy in this story of travel, adventure and friendship during the Victorian era. Merrick Tremayne, a botanist injured while smuggling opium for the East India Company, is sent by them to Peru to steal shoots from the “quinine tree” so that the Company will have its own supply. Merrick finds forests full […]


The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

I listened to this charming story of a young man, unexpectedly pushed into being Emperor of the Ethuveraz, learning to govern while earning his own and others’ respect. Maia, the son of the late Emperor, an imperious and cruel man who is killed in an airship crash, along with the three sons he acknowledges, had […]


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Free will and the freedom to use it are all that Sancia , twenty year old resourceful orphan, wants. Oh, and enough money to buy food for herself. This latest thieving job is way overpaid so she is sure to have enough food for a good long time.  It sounds like it will be easy. […]


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

If you like a lot of science with your fiction, this one’s for you. Due to rapidly increasing bolide strikes from pieces of rock knocked off an impacted moon, Earth is splitting apart and burning. How to ensure that  humanity survives for the next 5000 or so years that the Earth will be uninhabitable? That […]


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This exhilarating story clearly exemplifies the difference for a reader/observer between reading a book and watching a movie. The cruelty and violence in this exciting tale for me would be impossible to watch on the screen (a movie is coming out) but I could “see” what I wanted and continue, horrified but not repulsed, to […]


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Why are so many fantasy and science fiction novels set in Victorian England? Could it be that there were so many changes to the society brought about by new science and technical discoveries?  Nathaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist for the British government. His home is a tiny room where, one day when he awakens, there […]


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The night magic disappeared from Orisha a ruthless king took the opportunity to kill all the maji in the kingdom leaving Zelie without her mother and her people without a way to defend themselves. Fast forward twelve years later, the children of the magi, called diviners, are now second class citizens. They are taxed and […]


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

“I want to be beautiful” In Orleans, Belles are revered above all else, because the people of Orleans are born gray and only the Belles have the power to make them beautiful. Belles can change anything about a person’s physical appearance – from the color of their eyes to the shape of their bodies. Camellia […]


Inda, by Sherwood Smith

Inda, by Sherwood Smith

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. […]


The Wolf by Leo Carew (Under the Northern Sky, Book One)

The Wolf by Leo Carew (Under the Northern Sky, Book One)

Intensely engaging fantasy about two species of humans at war. The Wolf is the young heir to the throne in the invaded northern country; he faces Bellamus, a canny Suthdal general on the make, as well as powerful internal enemies who don’t think he can lead the Black Kingdom against the Suthdal invasion. Dark, imaginative […]