The Night Eternal (The Strain #3) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This review contains spoilers for The Strain and The Fall The final book in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s collaborative trilogy of vampire horror novels, The Night Eternal brings to an end the events begun in The Strain and continued in The Fall. Taking place two years after the conclusion of The Fall, The Night Eternal features a drastically ... Read More »

The Fall (The Strain #2) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This review contains spoilers for The Strain The second entry in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain trilogy, The Fall picks up directly where the first book left off. With most of the trilogy’s heavy exposition having been covered in The Strain, The Fall is much more focused on direct conflict with the vampires. The infection continues to ... Read More »

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant is the conclusion to Veronica Roth’s highly popular Divergent series. And ohhh boy, was I excited about it. I read a good amount of young adult books, and this series was one of my absolute favorites. I had just finished rereading the first two and was completely pumped to read what I was sure would be a great conclusion to ... Read More »

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 »