Author Archives: Janea Schimmel


Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned is the seventh book in the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series by Patricia Briggs. There are also three full-length novels and one novella in the companion series Alpha and Omega, making this the eleventh prose installment overall in this universe. Mercy, a shape-shifter living in the Tri-Cities of Washington, has recovered from the events of her honeymoon, and ... Read More »

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess is the third book in Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy, which is a prequel to The Mortal Instruments series (originally a trilogy, Clare has signed for an additional three titles). Clockwork Princess follows Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince. Tessa Gray is an American girl lured to London by the dark magical forces of Mortmain. She escapes their ... Read More »

Giants of Fantasy: Neil Gaiman

With The Ocean at the End of the Lane as one of our top anticipated releases of June 2013, now seems like a good time to resurrect our Giants of Fantasy series with a look at none other than Neil Gaiman. I’m not sure that Gaiman really compares to any other writer. His first major breakthrough as a speculative fiction author ... Read More »

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is currently best known for her young adult Fairyland Series, but she’s also won awards for her adult novels The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden and Palimpset. Her writing is utterly unique from concept to style and always a treat. So we here at The Ranting Dragon were really excited to hear about her latest release, ... Read More »

Kitty Rocks the House (Kitty Norville #11) by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaughn is the eleventh chapter in the Kitty Norville series. The urban fantasy series follows title character Kitty, a werewolf public radio DJ that shocks the world by becoming the first paranormal celebrity. As you might imagine, there are folks who aren’t too happy with her for shining lights into their darkness. Kitty’s back ... Read More »

The Great Fantasy Novel Nomination: The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe

In my search for The Great Fantasy Novel, I had to ask myself a lot of questions. First, what authors were writing at a technical level that I thought was appropriate for the award? From there, what novels were fantasies, and which were representative of the fantasy genre? For example, Audrey Niffinegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is a wonderful novel ... Read More »

The Search For “The Great Fantasy Novel”

If you’ve ever studied American Literature, you will likely have come across the term “The Great American Novel” at least once. It’s something of an obsession here in the States, to have the best and brightest and biggest of something. No sooner has a new work been stamped with critical acclaim and called “The Great Novel of Our Time” then ... Read More »

Twenty Must Read Dystopian Novels – An Introduction to the Genre

It’s been a while since we’ve given you a genre list, and it’s past time for this one. Suzanne Collins put dystopian literature back on the map as a major subgenre of speculative fiction with her Hunger Games trilogy. But what do you read when you set down Mockingjay? Or finish watching the films? What book will fill your need ... Read More »

Bard’s Oath (Dragonlord #3) by Joanne Bertin

Joanne Bertin’s debut book, The Last Dragonlord, was published back in 1998. Two years later, the sequel, Dragon and Phoenix, was released and those of us who’d read them eagerly awaited more. And waited. And waited. And eventually I gave up hope of ever getting my hands on the third book that was promised when Dragon and Phoenix was released. ... Read More »