Crucible of Gold (Temeraire #7) by Naomi Novik

In Naomi Novik’s marvelous alternative history Temeraire series, the British armies fight the French warmonger Napoleon Bonaparte—and both armies possess an air force of dragons. It’s a concept that merges everything that’s good about fantasy, combining an imaginative, meticulously detailed historical setting with dragons, swords, battleships, and gunpowder. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Temeraire series is one of ... Read More »

The Search For “The Great Fantasy Novel”

If you’ve ever studied American Literature, you will likely have come across the term “The Great American Novel” at least once. It’s something of an obsession here in the States, to have the best and brightest and biggest of something. No sooner has a new work been stamped with critical acclaim and called “The Great Novel of Our Time” then ... Read More »

Azure Bonds (Finder’s Stone #1) by Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb

Azure Bonds, written by Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb, was published in 1988 and tells the story of a sell-sword named Alias who awakens one morning to find a mysterious tattoo on her arm with no memory of how it came to be there. Her quest to uncover information about the symbols inscribed thereon leads to battles against powerful magic ... Read More »

Game Review of Dead Space (2008)

In preparation for Dead Space 3, I decided to go back and replay the series thus far so to remind myself of the story, and to properly review them. Dead Space was released in October of 2008 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. This review is of the Xbox 360 version. It is the year 2508, and you ... Read More »

Elminster Enraged (Sage of Shadowdale #3) by Ed Greenwood

Elminster Enraged is the third book in Ed Greenwood’s Sage of Shadowdale series. It follows the arch wizard Elminster’s experiences after the death of the Goddess of Magic, Mystra, and the spread of the Spellplague, which renders magic a dangerous and unreliable force. Though no fourth book appears to have been announced yet, the story is such that I imagine ... Read More »

Top Twenty Most Anticipated Novels of July 2013

This month, The Ranting Dragon again brings you a list of the twenty most anticipated science fiction and fantasy novels coming out. Composed by our team with blurbs written by Rebecca, Janea, Garrett, and myself, this list aims to aid you in finding your next book to read. It goes to show what a wonderful year 2013 really is for ... Read More »

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Material #3) by Philip Pullman

This review contains spoilers for The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife. The Amber Spyglass is the final novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. It tells the tale of Lyra Silvertongue and Will Parry as they come of age. While the first book solely focused on Lyra, the second and third branch out to a range of characters that ... Read More »

Elfshadow (Forgotten Realms: The Harpers #2; Songs & Swords #1) by Elaine Cunningham

Elfshadow, the first of Elaine Cunningham’s forays into the Forgotten Realms, is both the second book in the multi-author, open-ended The Harpers series as well as the first book in Cunningham’s smaller Songs & Swords series. The latter series follows the characters of Arilyn Moonblade and Danilo Thann, who are introduced in this work. Elfshadow tells the story of a mysterious assassin who is murdering Harpers, a ... Read More »

Game Review of Persona 4: Golden

For the last few years, remakes have become a fashionable trend in the video game industry.  These remakes range from beloved Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPG) such as Final Fantasy IV to the whimsical Mario 64. Although the former titles evoke recognition in most gamers, the title I am reviewing probably will not: Persona 4: Golden, which is a remake of the ... Read More »