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Assassin’s Apprentice

Title: Assassin's Apprentice Author: Robin Hobb Published: March 1996 Blurb: Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in… Continue reading Assassin’s Apprentice

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The Court of Broken Knives

Title: The Court of Broken Knives Author: Anna Smith Spark Publisher: June 2017 Blurb: They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust. In the richest empire the… Continue reading The Court of Broken Knives

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The Poppy War

Title: The Poppy War Author: R.F. Kuang Publisher: May 2018, Harper Voyager Blurb: When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating;… Continue reading The Poppy War

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His Majesty’s Dragon

Title: His Majesty's Dragon Author: Naomi Novik Publisher: 2006, Del Rey Blurb: Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will… Continue reading His Majesty’s Dragon

SPFBO

Behind the Blogger: SPFBO 5 Edition

Hello, lovelies! SPFBO 5--or, the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off--is officially a go, with 300 entries received, all ten judges signed up and only a week away before the reading officially begins! For those of you in the community, you'll know that I joined in late last year to help out another judge and I positively… Continue reading Behind the Blogger: SPFBO 5 Edition

Books, SPFBO

Aching God: SPFBO Finalist

Title: Aching God Author: Mike Shel Rating: 5 out of 10 (NOT OFFICIAL SCORE; TSWI SCORE ONLY) Blurb: “Closer, mortal. You are here, finally, to feed the Aching God…” The days of adventure are passed for Auric Manteo. Retired to the countryside with his scars and riches, he no longer delves into forbidden ruins seeking… Continue reading Aching God: SPFBO Finalist

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The Return of the Shadow

Title: The Return of the Shadow Author: J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Blurb: In this sixth volume of The History of Middle-earth the story reaches The Lord of the Rings. In The Return of the Shadow (an abandoned title for the first volume) Christopher Tolkien describes, with full citation of the earliest… Continue reading The Return of the Shadow