Revenant Eve (Dobrenica #3) by Sherwood Smith

Revenant Eve is the third book in Sherwood Smith’s ongoing Dobrenica series, which also includes Coronets and Steel and Blood Spirits. The series follows Kim Murray, a young modern American woman who finds out her grandmother is actually the long-lost princess of a small European country called Dobrenica. This isolated country is also brimming with magic, so when Kim walks ... 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 »

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 »

Katya’s World (Russalka Chronicles #1) by Jonathan L. Howard

Jonathan L. Howard, author of the humorous Faustian series Johannes Cabal, ventures into new waters with Katya’s World, the opening to a new science fiction series aimed at young adults. As the title implies, this book follows fifteen-year-old Katya of the planet Russalka, a world with no landmasses aside from its polar ice caps. Ever since the original Terran settlers ... Read More »

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks


If you’re familiar with my reviews, you probably suspect that epic fantasy is my favorite genre. I call myself a Wheel of Time fanboy; I travel fifty miles to get Brandon Sanderson’s newest books on their release day, and I love me some Peter V. Brett. Give me traditional fantasy and I’m a happy man. And though I prefer the ... Read More »

The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle #1) by Miles Cameron

The plot synopsis claims that leading a mercenary company takes “all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it,” and that “the Red Knight has all three.” So, too, does The Red Knight have three elements of a good fantasy novel. It has an interesting plot, engaging characters, and fantastical aspects that are plot-relevant. ... 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 »

Mockingbird (Miriam Black #2) by Chuck Wendig

Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig’s fantastical first Miriam Black novel, opened with a scene that made my eyes go wide and then stick to the pages like a starved dog with a side of meat. It pulled me along, chapter by hectic chapter, leaving me panting and glad that I had found out about his books when he had already published a ... Read More »

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Already an accomplished journalist and graphic novelist, G. Willow Wilson makes her novel writing debut with Alif the Unseen, an urban fantasy that feels like surreal science fiction. It follows a teenaged Arab-Indian hacker, who goes by the handle Alif, as he defies internet laws in an unnamed Middle Eastern security state. His aristocratic lover jilts him and then his ... Read More »

The Janus Affair (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #2) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris is the second of a group of loosely connected stories in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, recounting the action-packed adventures of Ministry agents Books and Braun. These books (though there are only two, but we’ll extrapolate) appear to be chronological, but can stand alone, rather than as a series with ... Read More »