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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 »

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow: Book 1) is the debut fantasy novel of author Anthony Ryan. I must admit to being somewhat unsure of my own reaction to this book. It had been lying amidst the pile of books on my desk for months now, a meaty tome with a cliché title, cover, and almost unforgivable tagline: “Born for battle, bred ... Read More »

Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid #3) by Seanan McGuire

When I first met Seanan McGuire at New York Comic-Con 2010, I hadn’t read any of her books. But after a conversation with her in the mad rush that is a signing line, I knew that I would enjoy her books. But I couldn’t anticipate just how much. Today, she is one of my most-favorite authors, and I blame her ... Read More »

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider

Dragon Age gamers and fans, like myself, were pleased to hear about the arrival of tie-in novels by Dragon Age Lead Writer David Gaider. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent just playing the Dragon Age games. The plot of the game is one of my favorite fantasies. So more Dragon Age? Yes, please! Gaider’s first novel, Dragon ... Read More »

The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rucker Eddison

Do you miss the days when fantasy epics were like mythological stories? Are your heroes lacking a certain fanciful prose reminiscent of Charlemagne, Achilles, or Thor? Has the recent trend of non-poetic prose left you longing for the good old days? Well have no fear, for Eric Rucker Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros is available at your nearest bookstore. Published in ... Read More »

The Night Eternal (The Strain #3) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This review contains spoilers for The Strain and The Fall The final book in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s collaborative trilogy of vampire horror novels, The Night Eternal brings to an end the events begun in The Strain and continued in The Fall. Taking place two years after the conclusion of The Fall, The Night Eternal features a drastically ... Read More »

The Fall (The Strain #2) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This review contains spoilers for The Strain The second entry in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain trilogy, The Fall picks up directly where the first book left off. With most of the trilogy’s heavy exposition having been covered in The Strain, The Fall is much more focused on direct conflict with the vampires. The infection continues to ... Read More »

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

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 »

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne

The latest installment in Kevin Hearne’s bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles picks up where the fifth book, Trapped, left off: with Atticus, a two thousand-year-old Druid, fleeing for his life across Europe. Having pissed off both the Greek and Roman pantheons and with all of the paths off the material plane closed to them, Atticus, his trusty wolfhound, Oberon, and his ... 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 »