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Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1)
liked it
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
Crimson Shore (Pendergast, #15)
liked it
The first two-thirds of Crimson Shore were absolutely fantastic – the very definition of a page-turner. The Poe-esque hidden burial chamber, they myst ...more
Oct 13, 2015
Aug 07, 2015
The Scarlet Gospels
it was amazing
Like many fans, I entered into The Scarlet Gospels with significant expectations. Not only is it Clive Barker's first novel for adults since 2007, it' ...more
Mar 24, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
Dragon Teeth
really liked it
Unlike so many ghost-written novels that are 'polished' after an author's death, Dragon Teeth does feel like the completed manuscript it is purported ...more
Apr 04, 2017
Jul 29, 2016
Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3)
it was amazing
Wow. I finished this over the weekend, and I am still struggling to find the right words to convey what a massive emotional impact it had on me. Assas ...more
Feb 28, 2017
Dec 05, 2016
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
really liked it
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
The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)
liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed The Aeronaut's Windlass, no doubt about it. It was a fast-paced, action-packed, imaginative bit of fiction with a lot of elements ...more
Sep 14, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)
it was amazing
The Grace of Kings is, in a word, stunning. Normally I try to avoid making comparisons with my reviews, but here it's fitting. Ken Liu's debut possess ...more
Apr 02, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
liked it
I'm feeling very ambiguous about Revival. It's far too ambiguous in parts, and not nearly ambiguous enough in others. It lacks any sort of subtlety in ...more
Nov 15, 2014
Nov 11, 2014
The Obsidian Chamber (Pendergast #16)
really liked it
To fully understand and appreciate the Agent Pendergast novels, you have to look at them in terms of thematic story arcs. The first four novels, endin ...more
Sep 20, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
Beyond Redemption (Manifest Delusions, #1)
it was amazing
R. Scott Bakker. Steven Erikson. Peter Watts. When you think of dark, epic, mind-bending genre fiction from north of the 49th parallel, these gentleme ...more
Jun 16, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1)
really liked it
Kings of the Wyld is a book I'd seen kicking around on social media - mostly in the circles of grimdark - but one to which I really hadn't paid much a ...more
Feb 20, 2017
Jan 31, 2017
The Heart of Stone
really liked it
I had the great pleasure of meeting Ben Galley through Mark Lawrence's inaugural Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off contest. While the coming-of-age elem ...more
Mar 14, 2017
Feb 24, 2017
Blue Labyrinth (Pendergast, #14)
it was amazing
With their 14th entry in the Special Agent Pendergast saga, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child not only get their hero back to his prime, but they get ...more
Nov 10, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
The Dinosaur Lords  (The Dinosaur Lords, #1)
really liked it
I first became aware of The Dinosaur Lords back in November of last year. Once I got wind from Victor Milán that ARCs were appearing in the wild, I be ...more
Jul 13, 2015
Sep 24, 2014
Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)
really liked it
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
City of Blades (The Divine Cities, #2)
it was amazing
As much as I came to see City of Stairs, the first book of The Divine Cities, as a remarkable multi-genre crossover success, it took me a while to war ...more
Jan 19, 2016
Jul 20, 2015
Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounder's Arc, #3)
it was amazing
While I enjoyed Scourge of the Betrayer, the first book of Bloodsounder's Arc, it was Veil of the Deserters that really opened my eyes to what Jeff Sa ...more
Nov 30, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1)
it was amazing
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
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #1)
really liked it
Being a late-comer to the Lays of Anuskaya (the trilogy is still on my TBR list), Twelve Kings in Sharakhai serves as my first real introduction to th ...more
Aug 11, 2015
Sep 04, 2014
Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, #1)
liked it
Larry Correia is an author best known for his guns-and-monsters, no-holds barred, testosterone-soaked urban fantasy sagas, Monster Hunter Internationa ...more
Oct 21, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
The Dragon Engine (The Blood Dragon Empire, #1)
really liked it
Although it shares the same world as The Iron Wolves and The White Towers, Andy Remic's first book in The Blood Dragon Empire is an entirely different ...more
Aug 25, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
Fool's Quest  (The Fitz and The Fool, #2)
it was amazing
At one time, the second (or middle) book of a trilogy was a thing to be dreaded - a book to be endured as a necessary sort of narrative bridge, with t ...more
Jul 27, 2015
Sep 10, 2014
Saint's Blood (Greatcoats, #3)
it was amazing
Talk about your emotional roller coasters. I started out clutching the side of my e-reader with anticipatory glee, loving the sheer excitement of each ...more
Apr 25, 2016
Jul 20, 2015
Knight's Shadow (Greatcoats #2)
it was amazing
I know it sounds like hyperbole and hype, but Knight's Shadow truly is a must-read book, a title that I quite literally could not put down. I found my ...more
May 22, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
Scourge of the Betrayer (Bloodsounder's Arc, #1)
liked it
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
Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War, #1)
it was amazing
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 Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga, #1)
it was amazing
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
The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #3)
it was amazing
With the publication of The Last Mortal Bond, Brian Staveley bids a fond farewell to The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. Looking back on the scope of ...more
Mar 15, 2016
Jul 20, 2015
The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty, #2)
it was amazing
In my review of Ken Liu's debut, I said it possessed all the epic grandeur, intelligence, and dignity of a Guy Gavriel Kay novel. Now, having read the ...more
Oct 06, 2016
Jan 13, 2016
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