Tag: fantasy

Sep 28

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightengale

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden I enjoyed this book quite a bit for the fantasy elements, but especially for the vivid portrait of life in rural Russia back in the days when boyars still gave tribute to the khans to keep the horde at bay. Even Vasilisa, the daughter of a feudal …

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Jun 21

Book Review: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman This novel is quirky and fun and about people who are slightly exaggerated (but still believable). The story is funny and lighthearted while still managing to be sad enough to make me cry. (Is it reductionist to say it reminds me of Swedish …

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Oct 25

Book Review: Fated

Fated by Benedict Jacka This fantasy novel has a great premise. Alex Verus is a mage whose main power is that he can see the future. He can’t throw fireballs, he can’t make wards, he can’t turn people into stone, but with divination, he can hold his own among people who do. He runs a …

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Jun 18

Book Review: His Majesty’s Dragon

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik If you love dragons, this series is not to be missed. It’s a cross between the Horatio Hornblower series and the Dragonriders of Pern. What happens when a British naval captain captures a ship that has an unhatched dragon egg on board? Well, he must do his duty and …

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Jun 07

Book Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan If this novel had been the same strength as the third one, I would not be eagerly anticipating book #5, but this novel really kicked it up a notch. Politics play a much larger role in this novel, as Lady Trent and Tom Wilkins work with the …

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