Reviews

Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is a very good example of a young adult dystopian work. Even though it is considered to be part of Lowry’s The Giver quartet, this novel can stand alone. Many who are fascinated with the dystopian genre, like myself, will find this book to be a fascinating introduction, but an introduction nevertheless. As a young ... Read More »

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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The name “Dracula” brings to mind darkness and evil to this day. He ignited the literary obsession with vampires and still inspires our imagination and remains to a fascinating subject in literature. Elizabeth Kostova’s novel The Historian is an extremely rich piece of historical fiction that traces the adventure of Paul, Elizabeth’s father, as he seeks to find both his missing ... Read More »

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

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Right in the middle of a Miyazaki movie binge, one of my friends announced an exciting factoid: the movie we had just finished watching was originally a book. Surprised by this revelation, I asked where I could find it, to which she said, “Right here.” Like magic, she produced a tattered book with the words “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne ... Read More »

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 »

Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons

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Three is the conclusion of the young adult dystopian trilogy Article 5, written by Kristen Simmons. It was preceded by Article 5 and Breaking Point, two strong novels that left readers expecting a lot from the trilogy’s conclusion. Three definitely lives up to those expectations. In this trilogy, the United States is recovering after a devastating civil war. Insurgents all ... 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

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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

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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 »

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 »