Genre: Fantasy

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Aug 18
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

I am still on a high from this book. I'm actually avoiding reading anything else so that I can prolong the feeling The Falcon Throne has left me with.

Reading epic fantasy can get a little repetitive, especially since these things have trends. Not too many people are writing Shannara and Sword of Truth like epic fantasies with magic and swords and wizards and elves. The genre is moving towards courtly politics, the fates of bastards and kings and princesses, with magic subtly woven into it. These kinds of works tend to read more like novelisations of our own histories...

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Jul 24
Kalona’s Fall by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Kalona’s Fall by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Reviews 4 ★½

P.C Cast and Kristin Cast have been writing full length novels since 2007 (I did a Goodreads search), so there is really no excuse for how poorly written this novella is. The dialogue is artificial, the storytelling confused, and the novella comes across as laboured.

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Jul 23
Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Reviews 6 ★★★★½

I know that many fans were a bit worried when he announced that he’s writing a YA novel set in a whole new world. I don’t know why they were worried – Abercrombie proves that he is a skilled and adaptable writer with Half a King.

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Jul 21
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I always approach the last book of any series with some caution. After all, this book will be how I remember the series for a long time to come. So I’m happy to say that Ruin and Rising is a fitting and brilliantly crafted conclusion to the Grisha trilogy, one that fans will be sighing over happily for years to come.

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Jun 19
Small Shen by Kylie Chan

Small Shen by Kylie Chan

Reviews 4 ★★★★

Small Shen is not to be missed by fans of Chan’s works, but it’s also a perfect jumping off point for those who have never tried her before. Although stylistically quite different from her other works, the quality of the storytelling and amazing characters are all present, and I think readers will thoroughly enjoy the multimedia element.

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Jun 16
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Sea of Shadows is the first book by Kelley Armstrong that I have read, but I have a bunch of her other books, and this has encouraged me to read them! I’ve enjoyed the novel and will continue to read about Ashyn and Moria’s adventures.

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Jun 09
The Caller by Juliet Marillier

The Caller by Juliet Marillier

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

The Caller is a hard book to review. When I turned the last page of this book, I couldn’t help but be sad. I’ve grown to love the characters in the Shadowfell series and the world they live in, and I’ve found it hard to say goodbye.

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Jun 03
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Reviews 0 ★★★½

The Emperor’s Blades is one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. It sounds like a promising début: an awesome world populated by people who aren’t all white, some sinister sounding magic and politics, and a story following the Emperor’s three children after his death.

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May 26
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

Reviews 2 ★★★★½

This beautifully written story is perfect for readers just entering their teens, or for those who want to relive the metamorphosis from child to something else. I think The Castle Behind Thorns will ensnare all who pick it up, and can’t really recommend it enough.

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