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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 »

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 »

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 Cormorant (Miriam Black #3) by Chuck Wendig

When someone mentions Chuck Wendig, there are a couple of things that come to mind. “Whiskey-imbued soupcatcher-wearing penmonkey master of the profane” is number one. Miriam Black is number two. And the foul-mouthed miscreant is back in The Cormorant, the follow-up to Wendig’s previous hit novels, Blackbirds and Mockingbird. Being able to see how and when people die has always ... 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 »

A Turn of Light (Night’s Edge #1) by Julie E. Czerneda

Even I can appreciate a good romance novel from time to time. Though I am often found enjoying epic multi-volume narratives fraught with battles and magic, once in a while a yearning for something simple takes hold. Thus I took a recommendation to read A Turn of Light, the first in Julie E. Czerneda’s Night’s Edge series. Judging from the cover, ... 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 »