Ten Fantasy and Science-Fiction Novels Worth Reading in April 2014

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Our second monthly list of Novels Worth Reading is again filled with ten wonderful new speculative novels. While April lacks the level of anticipation Sanderson’s Words of Radiance brought to March, it promises to be another amazing month for our genre. As with last month, this will be a very balanced list. Featuring five female and five male authors—including one ... 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 »

Free Giveaway: Signed InCryptid Novels by Seanan McGuire

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The InCryptid novels by Seanan McGuire have quickly become one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and for me that’s saying something. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, the books feature protagonists from the Price family, a family of cryptozoologists dating back generations. They have one charge:  to protect the cryptids (monsters) of the world from extinction at ... Read More »

Ten Fantasy and Science-Fiction Novels Worth Reading in March 2014

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One of The Ranting Dragon’s missions is to provide you, our readers, with some help in picking your next book to read. This is a mission we’ve always taken very seriously, trying to deliver informative reviews of recently released books. In the past, we also provided you with monthly lists of book releases to watch out for. Unfortunately, we’ve neglected ... 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 »