Another darkly beautiful romantic fantasy by the talented Hannah F. Whitten.
Review: The Magician’s Daughter by H.G. Parry
Cozy, atmospheric fantasy set in a historical setting. The kind of book that makes you feel as if magic is real.
Review: Ithaca (The Songs of Penelope #1) by Claire North
A beautiful retelling of Penelope’s life through the eyes of goddess and protector, Hera.
Review: The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings
Alex Jennings captures the spirit of New Orleans in The Ballad of Perilous Graves.
The Children of Gods and Fighting Men (Gael Song #1) by Shauna Lawless
Synopsis The first in a gripping new historical fantasy series that intertwines Irish mythology with real-life history, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is the thrilling debut novel by Shauna Lawless. They think they’ve killed the last of us… 981 AD. The Viking King of Dublin is dead. His young widow, Gormflaith, has ambitions […]
Review: The Undertaking of Hart & Mercy by Megan Brennan
Emotional, beautiful, weird, lovely, romantic fantasy.
Review: The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) by Chelsea Abdullah
The Stardust Thief is author Chelsea Abdullah’s debut novel and the first in the author’s series The Sandsea Trilogy. There are so many aspects of the book that make it a great read, but in the end it comes down to phenomenal storytelling for me.
Review: Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater
An entrancing, enlightening fairytale novel that blends the lines of history, fantasy, and romance.
Review: Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
A gorgeous retelling of Kaikeyi.
Review: The Hunger of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Trilogy #2) by John Gwynne
The Hunger of the Gods is the second in John Gwynne’s Bloodsworn Trilogy, and one of the most anticipated fantasy releases of 2022. I loved the first book, as well (read my of The Shadow of the Gods), so I was looking forward to reading this one, as well. Let there be no doubt – it did not disappoint.
Review: The Bladed Faith (Vagrant Gods #1) by David Dalglish
The Bladed Faith is the first in David Dalgishes’ new series, Vagrant Gods. Dalglish, who has proven himself a master of action over the last several years (and is fresh off the phenomenal finale of his last series, The Keepers) has managed to publish yet another fascinating fantasy series. I came for the amazing cover and intriguing synopsis and stayed for the fantastic fight sequences, amazing storyline, and compelling characters.
Review: Age of Ash (Kithamar #1) by Daniel Abraham
As a lover of science fiction, I can appreciate the breaking of the status quo. Every so often, genres like cyberpunk or post-apocalyptic fiction came in to stir shit up and make it messier, so to say. But fantasy, I’ve found, is much more comfortable resting on its laurels—challenges to foundational fantasy conventions have been slower, and few and far between. In the last decade or so, though, the intention from authors to actively challenge fantasy’s history has been growing.
Daniel Abraham’s newest novel Age of Ash, book one in The Kithamar Trilogy, seems to do just that. It tackles the notion of “epic fantasy,” questioning the epic-ness of it all and how big battles and a fast pace have dominated that landscape. But beyond that, Age of Ash is a heartfelt story that grounds itself in genuine characters in grim circumstances. What follows is a novel that is epic in its ideas and execution, but relatable in its perspectives and emotions.