Book Reviews

Saturnine by Dan Abnett

I’m really starting to hate Dan Abnett. The man cannot fail. When I was in my late teens and the Black Library was still in its infancy, two books - First and Only and Xenos – proved right off the bat that the new publishing arm of Games Workshop wasn’t just going to...

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

The Ninth House had been recommended to me by so many people and received so many awards, I finally decided to take the plunge. I ended up coming away feeling it was smart and well-written, but ultimately not for me. The premise was interesting, mixing ghosts and...

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne

I’ve been following John Gwynne for a long time, ever since the publication of his first book, Malice, back in 2012. I remember it coming out with little fanfare, relying on word of mouth along with John’s constant presence on twitter and goodreads. Ten years later...

Interviewing Immortality by Bill Conrad

I really like a book that keeps you guessing. Interviewing Immortality, Bill Conrad's debut novel, is one of these books, a fast-paced page-turner that really kept me engaged from the first page to its satisfying conclusion. Bill have managed to deftly mix a plethora...

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

I enjoyed this book quite a bit! Plenty of other reviewers will tell you (including a plethora of quotes on the back of the book itself) that it's similar to other "end of the world" stories like King's The Stand or McCammon's Swan Song, and kind of is, in parts at...

She Named Me Wolf by Tenkara Smart

Tenkara has created something very special here with her novel "She Named Me Wolf". It's quite unlike anything I have ever read, deftly mixing childhood angst, alcoholism, abuse, and even some supernatural elements. The story follows Wolf over a period of roughly...

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Reading Rhythm of War, Sanderson's 4th novel in the magnificent Stormlight Archive has led me to two major realisations: 1) This man is an absolute master of world-building and overarching plot. Everything is meticulously detailed, from the history, to the culture to...

We Are the Dead by Mike Shackle

I enjoyed my time with Mike’s We are the Dead, although not quite as much as I thought I would. On paper this debut series had everything I look for in a gritty fantasy novel: its simple prose and fast-paced storytelling, its medieval realism with a dash of oriental...

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

So, this was a really difficult one for me to review. It did not start well. For several hundred pages (close to half of the entire book) the story follows Rin through her formative years at Sinegard military academy. There were so many tropes here I was nearly...