Category Archives: Epic fantasy

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Recommended for fans of Hardinge Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   1/2 “They had found the edges of each other’s temper, like jagged rocks under a placid skin of water.” Frances Hardinge is an amazing writer. She is one of … Continue reading

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Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

Recommended for fans of light fantasy Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   Further story-telling strides have been made since the first two installments of Pendric and his demon, Desmonda. This is a straight-up mystery that brings the gang of the … Continue reading

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Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

Recommended for fans of light fantasy Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★    An improvement on the first book, Penric and the Demon, the shaman’s story picks up four years later. Penric has finished school and is working for the … Continue reading

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Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Recommended for fans of D&D, questioning Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 This was bananas. To be clear, I don’t mean ‘bananas’ in the wierd-fiction, ‘Authority’ kind of way, but in the ‘end up in a completely different … Continue reading

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The Wandering Inn by Pirateaba

Read November 2018 Recommended for fans of MMOG, never-ending stories ★     ★    ★    The Wandering Inn is a web serial and literary version of a role-playing game, which really ought to say all you need to know–except … Continue reading

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Vallista by Steven Brust

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of assassins and complex fantasy worlds ★    ★   ★    ★   1/2 I’ve been a fan of Brust’s Draegera books since 1988 or so, and all have a spot on my physical bookshelves. So clearly, … Continue reading

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Jhereg by Steven Brust

Last read 2012 Recommended for fans of assassins and complex fantasy worlds ★    ★   ★    ★   The release of Iorich sent me down the path of re-reading the Taltos series. While Iorich was enjoyable and engrossing, memories sent me back … Continue reading

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Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Read May 2018 Recommended for fans of heists ★    ★    ★    1/2 Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the few authors I watch out for. Recently, I finished his early award-winning book (Philip K. Dick, Edgar, Anthony), The Company Man, … Continue reading

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In Shades of Grey by Melissa Myers

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of In the Name of the Wind ★    ★    ★      A friend and I were talking about children’s books, and one lifelong reading preference that I’ve only gradually reined in is a … Continue reading

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MageBorn by Stephen Aryan

Read  August 2017 Recommended for fans of epic fantasy ★    ★    ★    ★    Mage Born is the first epic fantasy I’ve really enjoyed in a long, long time. Plotting surrounds a group of people connected to the Red Tower, a … Continue reading

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