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 »

Rapture (Bel Dame Apocrypha #3) by Kameron Hurley

It has been two years since Kameron Hurley shocked the science fiction community with her debut novel God’s War. Now, Hurley’s blood-soaked trilogy has come to an end with the novel, Rapture. Does Hurley end the trilogy with a flourish or a whimper? The answer cannot easily be heard under the rousing applause that Rapture deserves. Rapture is one of ... Read More »

The Alchemist of Souls (Night’s Masque #1) by Anne Lyle

The Alchemist of Souls is Anne Lyle’s debut and the first in the Night’s Masque series. It’s an alternative history set in Elizabethan England. When English explorers reached the New World, they not only found Native Americans, but a mythological race of beings called the Skraylings. They’ve become major trading partners of England, but not everyone wants to see those ties ... Read More »

Casket of Souls (Nightrunner #6) by Lynn Flewelling

Lynn Flewelling debuted with Luck in the Shadows, the first book in the Nightrunner series, back in 1996. Originally a trilogy, she returned to the series in 2008 for what so far has been an additional three books. The series follows Alec and Seregil, spies, assassins, and all ’round adventurers, as they work for the crown of their adopted home, Skala. For Casket ... Read More »

Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane #4) by Jaye Wells

This review contains spoilers for Red-Headed Stepchild, Mage in Black and Green-Eyed Demon. Sabina and company have returned from the city of New Orleans after the final showdown with her grandmother. Maisie hasn’t fared well after the nightmarish ordeal and Sabina is having problems dealing with her place in mage society. Various other characters are all having their own little emotional ... Read More »

Dancing with Bears (Darger and Surplus #1) by Michael Swanwick

Darger and Surplus are con men who have lied there way onto a caravan carrying a gift of immense value from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Moscovy. But there are obstacles in the way of getting the gift to the Duke, which embroils the characters in political schemes, the agendas of religious zealots, drug rings and so forth. So ... Read More »

The Cold Commands (A Land Fit for Heroes #2) by Richard Morgan

This review contains minor spoilers for The Steel Remains. The Cold Commands is the much anticipated sequel to The Steel Remains, the 2008 fantasy debut of acclaimed science fiction author Richard Morgan. After a three year hiatus, the second installment of A Land Fit for Heroes has finally arrived—and it will not disappoint. No holds are barred in this fast-paced ... Read More »

The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance #3) by N.K. Jemisin

Many fantasy fans loved N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms. Yet, a lot of these readers were put off by The Broken Kingdoms being set a decade later with an entirely new protagonist. Indeed, The Broken Kingdoms almost seemed like a stand-alone novel set in the same world. Fortunately, it wasn’t so. The story in The Broken Kingdoms was spun forth ... Read More »

Huntress by Malinda Lo

Huntress is Malinda Lo’s second young adult novel.  It is billed as a prequel to Ash, though the threads that tie the two books together are light; for example, the main characters do not overlap.  In Huntress, we follow two young women, Kaede and Taisin, who learn that they must embark on a journey to the city of the Fairy ... Read More »

Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash is a gay retelling of the Cinderella tale that challenges the assumptions underlying many fairy tales—namely, that all girls merely yearn for their princes to come rescue them from their lives.  While the protagonist Ash does wish she can escape the clutches of her cruel stepmother, as the story progresses, she discovers that her dreams may lie with the King’s Huntress ... Read More »