Magician: Master (Riftwar Saga #2) by Raymond E. Feist

A few spoilers from the previous novel, Magician: Apprentice, are scattered throughout this review Magician: Master is the second novel in Raymond Feist’s best-selling Riftwar Saga. In my previous review, I gave Magician: Apprentice quite a hard time for staying so close to the standard Tolkien-esque tropes (dwarves, elves, etc.). I was not particularly eager to read Magician: Master;  I ... Read More »

Return to the Willows (The Wind in the Willows #2) by Jacqueline Kelly

When choosing to write a posthumous sequel to a book that is arguably one of the finest examples of children’s literature to date, you must do so very carefully. Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, first published in 1908, laid the literary groundwork for novels such as Richard Adams’s Watership Down and even Brian Jacques’s Redwall series. So to say ... Read More »

The Dread (The Fallen Kings Cycle #2) by Gail Z. Martin

The Dread by Gail Z. Martin, sequel to The Sworn, is the second book in The Fallen Kings Cycle and another example of the recent rise in duologies over trilogies. This cycle tells the continuing story of King Tris Drayke after The Chronicles of the Necromancer series as he struggles to protect his burgeoning kingdom from a threat from across the northern sea. A fantastic ... Read More »

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1) by N.K. Jemisin

It will hopefully be obvious to anyone who has read the Inheritance trilogy—or read our reviews of The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods—that N.K. Jemisin is an exemplary innovator of the fantasy genre. Her fresh take on epic fantasy pushes the boundaries of imagination, and her work might well be destined to become a literary ... Read More »

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman

The Rise of Ransom City is a sequel of sorts, following Felix Gilman’s The Half-Made World—a wonderful, genre-bending novel released some two years ago. That book concluded with a satisfying ending, but the story definitely didn’t end there. In The Rise of Ransom City, Gilman returns to the half-made world from a completely new perspective. In a stroke of mad-genius brilliance, Gilman has created ... Read More »

Magician: Apprentice (Riftwar Saga #1) by Raymond E. Feist

Raymond Feist initially wrote a long novel called Magician, the beginning of Feist’s bestselling Riftwar saga. Magician was considered far too long, and so it was split into two separate books: Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master. This review is about the former, Magician: Apprentice. The story begins when an orphan named Pug gets lost in a forest during a frightful storm. ... Read More »

Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker #1) by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker is a young adult novel by Paolo Bacigalupi, who received great acclaim in the literary world for his debut novel, The Windup Girl. A sequel to Ship Breaker, entitled The Drowned Cities, is due for release in the spring of 2012. Bacigalupi’s first YA novel takes place in a future that mirrors the world he created in The Windup Girl: ... Read More »

The Measure of Magic (Legends of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

This review contains slight spoilers for The Bearers of the Black Staff. The second half of the Legends of Shannara duology by Terry Brooks, The Measure of Magic continues the story begun by The Bearers of the Black Staff. Five hundred years after the events of the Genesis of Shannara trilogy, the barrier of magic hiding the survivors led to ... Read More »

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award and one of Entertainment Weekly’s ten best books of the year in 1996, The Sparrow is the debut novel of Mary Doria Russell, an academic who had only previously written scientific articles and technical manuals. I found within her novel a story that pulled me from the first chapter to the last and immersing ... Read More »

Roil (The Nightbound Land #1) by Trent Jamieson

Roil is the impressive first installment in The Nightbound Land duology by Trent Jamieson, up-and-coming Australian author of the urban fantasy trilogy Death Works. Jamieson’s newest novel showcases a powerful imaginative streak, creating a darkly fascinating world and successfully combining elements of science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and horror. Roil is an apocalyptic tale set in a world called Shale, which lies ... Read More »