World Building

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson

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Possibly the most-hyped release of 2014, and certainly The Ranting Dragon’s most anticipated novel for the year, is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. And it sure lives up to the hype! This huge sequel to The Way of Kings and the second novel in The Stormlight Archive (of a planned ten) is the epitome of epic fantasy. Words of Radiance is ... Read More »

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 »

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

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 »

The Rook (The Chequy Files #1) by Daniel O’Malley

Once again, I was perusing the fantasy section when, out the corner of my eye, I spotted a weird little book. On the cover I saw no swarthy ax wielding barbarians or calligraphic titles but a simple red, black, and white color scheme. The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley, written in bold, white Arial font, was the title of this oddly ... 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 »