Assassins or Thieves

The Curse of Chalion (Chalion #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold

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From the science-fiction genius that is Lois McMaster Bujold comes her first foray into a high fantasy series: The Curse of Chalion. Like many excellent fantasies, this story weaves a narrative of great creativity that is sure to please any genre buff. Set in a world completely of her own making, this story was written in 2001 and was successful ... Read More »

Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2) by Seanan McGuire

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When someone asks me to recommend an urban fantasy to them, there are a couple of authors that automatically spring to mind. Seanan McGuire is one of them. For those of you who’ve been around here for awhile, it’s been pretty abundantly clear from my reviews of McGuire’s Toby Daye novels that I adore her writing. And how that particular ... Read More »

Thieves’ Quarry (Thieftaker Chronicles #2) by D.B. Jackson

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Set three years after the events of the first book, Thieftaker, this second installment in D.B. Jackson’s Thieftaker Chronicles sees a return to the life of conjurer and thieftaker Ethan Kaille. Ethan has been doing well for himself, making money enough to live comfortably while staying under the radar of Sephira Pryce, Boston’s primary thieftaker. The British navy has blockaded ... Read More »

Orcs: First Blood (First Blood #1-3) by Stan Nicholls

While perusing my local fantasy outlet for a new journey, I stumbled across a certain book. From the cover, which grimaced at me behind shaded eyes, I was instantly intrigued. Doubling this was the lone title, Orcs, placed strategically beneath the glare of the creature upon the page. These factors, along with the countless pages of hype on both the front and ... Read More »

The Grim Company (The Grim Company #1) by Luke Scull

Released earlier this year in the United Kingdom and then released in the United States in September, The Grim Company is Luke Scull’s debut novel. Welcome to the Trine, a world where wizards have murdered the gods. Nigh-immortal, these Magelords have taken control of a divided world, many of them ruling large cities. After hundreds of years of a despotic ... Read More »

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Constructed from the unfinished writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin is a stand-alone story from the First Age of Middle-Earth taking place long before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. While approximately 75 percent of the book previously appeared in various sections of Tolkien’s other writings, his son, Christopher Tolkien, edited the entire tale together into ... Read More »

A Discourse in Steel (Tales of Egil & Nix #2) by Paul S. Kemp

A Discourse in Steel is the second book in Paul S. Kemp’s new sword and sorcery series, Tales of Egil and Nix. In this book, our intrepid heroes try once again to retire, and fail once again to avoid falling headlong into crazy adventures and deadly peril. Building on previous successes Second books are always tough. There’s a bit of a ... Read More »

Thieftaker (Thieftaker Chronicles #1) by D.B. Jackson

When the daughter of one of Boston’s wealthiest is murdered with no apparent cause of death, her family goes to the only person they can: Ethan Kaille, conjurer. Upon investigation, it is readily apparent to Ethan that the girl was murdered with magic. However, he has competition that doesn’t appreciate his being hired for this particular job. Throw in two ... Read More »

The Hammer and the Blade (Egil and Nix #1) by Paul S. Kemp

The Hammer and the Blade is a series-debuting novel by New York Times bestseller Paul S. Kemp. It introduces us to the adventuring duo of Egil, a warrior-priest, and his erstwhile companion Nix, a sneak, rogue, thief, and general ne’er-do-well, as they loot tombs, quaff ale, and generally get in over their heads. Hilarity ensues. A Tale of Egil and ... Read More »

The Postmortal by Drew Magary

What if you could simply stop aging? This is the question that lies at the heart of Drew Magary’s debut novel, The Postmortal. Told through what is essentially a series of electronic diary entries written by a man named John Farrell, The Postmortal chronicles the near-future where a cure for aging has been discovered and humanity has taken its first ... Read More »