Book Review

Trail of Lightning

Title: Trail of Lightning Author: Rebecca Roanhorse Publisher: Saga Press Blurb: While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter,… Continue reading Trail of Lightning

Book Review

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

Book Review

Seven Shades in Black

Title: Seven Shades in Black Author: Sam Sykes Publisher: April 2019, Orbit Books Blurb: Among humans, none have power like mages. And among mages, none have will like Sal the Cacophony. Once revered, now vagrant, she walks a wasteland scarred by generations of magical warfare. The Scar, a land torn between powerful empires, is where… Continue reading Seven Shades in Black

Book Review, SPFBO

Ruthless Magic: SPFBO Finalist

Title: Ruthless Magic Author: Megan Crewe Rating: 8 out of 10 (NOT OFFICIAL SCORE; TSWI SCORE ONLY) Blurb: In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die... or kill. Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure… Continue reading Ruthless Magic: SPFBO Finalist

Book Review, SPFBO

The Anointed: SPFBO Finalist

Title: The Anointed Author: Keith Ward Rating: 7 out of 10 (NOT OFFICIAL SCORE; TSWI SCORE ONLY) Blurb: Being a hero is a choice. Xinlas’s life goal is modest: he wants to be a living legend, revered in song and story. And he’s off to a good start. He faced death once, and won. His… Continue reading The Anointed: SPFBO Finalist

Book Review, SPFBO

Symphony of the Wind: SPFBO Finalist

Title: Symphony of the Wind Author: Steven McKinnon Rating: 8 out of 10 (NOT OFFICIAL SCORE; TSWI SCORE ONLY) Blurb: A bounty hunter with a death wish. A girl with fearsome powers. A kingdom on the brink of destruction. Serena dreams of leaving her harsh desert home behind in her very own airship. But when… Continue reading Symphony of the Wind: SPFBO Finalist

Book Review

Terminal Alliance

Title: Terminal Alliance Author: Jim C. Hines Publisher: November 2017, DAW Books Blurb: When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest… Continue reading Terminal Alliance