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Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #1)
I can't remember the last time I felt so torn about a book, and so conflicted about a review. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, a...more
Jul 25, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
There's at least one book each year that strives to be the next big mainstream/genre crossover . . . one book that tries to achieve a sort of mainstre...more
Mar 18, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
Scourge of the Betrayer (Bloodsounder's Arc, #1)
I actually finished Scourge of the Betrayer last week, but it's taken me a few days to decide precisely how to approach a review. It's such an oddly s...more
Apr 16, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Red Sparrow
Like the coldest, most diligent of intelligence officers, I have been patiently sitting on the secrets of this book for nearly 6 months now. I was qui...more
May 28, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3)
‘Dark times call for dark choices. Choose me.’

For all you Jorg haters out there, that one line, that simple declaration, sums up The Broken Empire bet...more
Aug 11, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1)
While we may only be a month into 2014, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that Brian Staveley may just have the debut of the year with The Emp...more
Jan 14, 2014
Nov 13, 2013
The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga, #1)
There aren't too many books that make me take a step back and say "Wow" but this is one of them. The Mirror Empire had an absolutely amazing beginning...more
Aug 07, 2014
May 20, 2014
Prince of Fools
Mark Lawrence's The Broken Empire was something of a grimdark masterpiece, a fantasy trilogy with a dark protagonist, set in a time of post-apocalypti...more
Apr 08, 2014
Aug 11, 2013
The Barrow
There is definitely a new trend in epic fantasy, one that I first encountered late last year with The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic. It's a trend towards...more
Feb 18, 2014
Oct 30, 2013
Pines (Wayward Pines, #1)
Damn, but it's been a very long time since a book sucked me in as quickly, and as deeply, as Pines did. I originally picked this up a few months ago,...more
Aug 10, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
It's not often that I can look at a book blurb and wholeheartedly agree, but Bait: A Novel is, in fact, a case of "Jaws meets Lord of the Flies meets...more
Aug 22, 2013
May 29, 2013
Veil of the Deserters (Bloodsounder's Arc, #2)
Veil of the Deserters is everything I was looking for in the highly anticipated follow-up to Scourge of the Betrayer. What Jeff Salyards has crafted h...more
Apr 2014
Jun 18, 2013
Christian Nation
When I first read the synopsis for Christian Nation, I was excited. It sounded like a fantastic alternate history/future dystopian novel, built around...more
Jun 30, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
River of Stars
A sequel in terms of setting and history, if not character or plot, River of Stars sees Guy Gavriel Kay return to the Chinese-inspired world of Under...more
Mar 28, 2013
Oct 04, 2012
Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga #3)
The End is Here! The Riftwars are Over!

And so we find ourselves at the end of another long-running fantasy series, left with nothing more than the pa...more
May 13, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
City of Stairs
Although definitely steeped in elements of epic fantasy, and wholly dependent upon a complex mythology, City of Stairs is really an urban fantasy, one...more
Aug 21, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
Deadhouse Gates: Book Two of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Everything that Gardens of the Moon promised, this book delivers. Stronger and more focussed than the first volume, Deadhouse Gates adds a few 'quest'...more
Jun 19, 2007
Feb 28, 2011
Three Graves Full
I've always been a huge Hitchcock fan, even though I grew up well after the height of his career. Personally, I like his darker films, those with a bi...more
Jan 31, 2013
Aug 29, 2012
The Scar
The Scar is one of the most original and most intriguing fantasy novels I've read in quite some time. It's a shame that the cover blurb tries so hard...more
Mar 12, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Under Heaven
When I sit down to immerse myself in a book, the overall narrative style is important in drawing me into the author's world, but it's generally the so...more
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 28, 2011
The Martian
While I picked up the ARC of this several months ago, I almost didn't bother to give it a read. The "Apollo 13 meets Cast Away" tagline sounded intere...more
Feb 13, 2014
Aug 28, 2013
The Iron Wolves (The Rage of Kings, #1)
Holy crap, but The Iron Wolves was a hell of a lot of fun! It's as if Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber reached out from beyond the grave to collabora...more
Dec 23, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
The Book of the Crowman (Black Dawn #2)
It's taken me a little while to decide how I feel about The Book of the Crowman. I'll be honest. I am somebody who reads for story, for plot, for char...more
Feb 04, 2014
Sep 28, 2013
The Summoning: A Supernatural Dark Fantasy
There is something unique about the British horror novel . . . a certain feel and sound that sets it apart from its North American counterpart. I'm no...more
Apr 11, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
The Troop
What could be worse than being stranded on an uninhabited island? How about being stranded there with a deranged lunatic who is infected with highly-i...more
Feb 11, 2014
Jun 03, 2013
Traitor's Blade
I enjoyed this - immensely at times - but I find myself oddly conflicted as to how much I really liked it. I suspect it's one of those books where my...more
Jul 10, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
Moth and Spark
Although my taste generally runs more towards epic fantasy door-stoppers, with massive world-building and bloated casts of characters, Moth and Spark...more
Feb 28, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
Of Bone and Thunder: A Novel
Not having read Chris Evans before, I picked this up based solely on the cover blurb of "Apocalypse Now meets The Lord of the Rings." It was a bit of...more
Oct 07, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
The Lost Goddess
Never having read anything by Tom Knox, I will freely admit that it was more the cover here than the cover blurb itself that attracted my interest her...more
Jan 19, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
Phantom (Sword of Truth, #10)
What is there left to say about Terry Goodkind and The Sword of Truth saga that hasn't been said before? At times, he has been nothing less than brill...more
Jun 28, 2007
Feb 28, 2011
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