Upcoming on the Dragon: An Editor’s Note

This week’s been a little on the dull side here at The Ranting Dragon, and I apologize for that. It’s the holiday season, which means life for all of our staff members is just that much more hectic than usual. Which isn’t a really good excuse, but it’s what we got. That being said, it’s a little late in the ... 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 »

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne

The latest installment in Kevin Hearne’s bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles picks up where the fifth book, Trapped, left off: with Atticus, a two thousand-year-old Druid, fleeing for his life across Europe. Having pissed off both the Greek and Roman pantheons and with all of the paths off the material plane closed to them, Atticus, his trusty wolfhound, Oberon, and his ... Read More »

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy #1) by Brian McClellan

Fantasy, like most genres, seems to move in phases. Whether it’s an increase in grit, an abundance of vampires, or just plain old sentimentalism, there are noticeable trends that rise and fall. This is not a bad thing as trends are fun and allow us to try more of what we like, but trends need trendsetters. I would assert that ... Read More »

Orcs: First Blood (First Blood #1-3) by Stan Nicholls

While perusing my local fantasy outlet for a new journey, I stumbled across a certain book. From the cover, which grimaced at me behind shaded eyes, I was instantly intrigued. Doubling this was the lone title, Orcs, placed strategically beneath the glare of the creature upon the page. These factors, along with the countless pages of hype on both the front and ... Read More »

The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker

From the mind of Helene Wecker comes her debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni. Set in 1899 New York City, the story follows the lives of Chava, a female golem, and Ahmad, a male Jinni, as they try to co-exist with the local immigrant communities. The story is one of self-discovery and soul-searching as these two non-humans strive to ... Read More »

The Children of Men by P.D. James

The Children of Men, a 1992 dystopian novel by P.D. James, takes place in a near future where, for unknown reasons, humanity has become completely infertile and now faces its inevitable extinction. Before I begin this review in earnest, I would like to add one caveat: the 2006 film adaptation of this novel, Children of Men, is one of my ... Read More »

The Golden City (Golden City #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney

Historical fiction has slowly been on the rise—well, within the demographics of my reading material, anyway. There’s just something about a story that integrates fantasy with the history of our world that appeals to me—when it’s done well. And J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut novel, The Golden City, does it exceptionally well. Set in Portugal at the turn of the twentieth ... Read More »

Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire

In this seventh installment of Seanan McGuire’s bestselling urban fantasy series, October “Toby” Daye is finally getting her life in gear. She’s doing her job, her squire’s training is progressing, and she has a boyfriend in the local King of Cats, Tybalt. However, it’s not all green fields and rosebuds in Toby’s life. When the local changeling population begins to ... Read More »

The Grim Company (The Grim Company #1) by Luke Scull

Released earlier this year in the United Kingdom and then released in the United States in September, The Grim Company is Luke Scull’s debut novel. Welcome to the Trine, a world where wizards have murdered the gods. Nigh-immortal, these Magelords have taken control of a divided world, many of them ruling large cities. After hundreds of years of a despotic ... Read More »