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Michael Dodd

Michael Dodd

Michael Dodd

Michael spends his days writing software user documentation, and in his free time runs Track of Words where he keeps himself busy writing reviews and author interviews. If he could spend every hour reading or writing about books, he absolutely would. You can find him at www.trackofwords.com or on Twitter @track_of_words - come along and say hi!

REVIEW: The Keeper’s Six by Kate Elliott

Combine power-hungry dragons and realm-travelling magic with a contemporary fantasy setting and you get something like Kate Elliott’s novella The Keeper’s Six, which sees wearily determined mum Esther breaking the rules and getting her...

REVIEW: The Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi

Set in an African-inspired world full of wonder and horror, Moses Ose Utomi’s novella The Lies of the Ajungo is a powerful, beguiling blend of parable and fantasy. As part of a bargain with...

REVIEW: Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

Demons, angels and dangerous bargains meet in C.L. Polk’s brilliant novella Even Though I Knew the End, set in a vividly drawn 1940s Chicago and featuring a sapphic romance and sinister blood magic. When...

REVIEW: Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Book three in Tamsyn Muir’s brilliantly strange The Locked Tomb series was originally supposed to be Alecto the Ninth but somewhere along the way plans changed, the trilogy became a series, and Nona the...

REVIEW: The Dying Squad by Adam Simcox

Add a little detective drama to a fun, imaginative urban fantasy (arguably rural fantasy, as its real-world elements take place largely in the quiet Lincolnshire landscape) exploring the afterlife, memory, identity and justice, and...

REVIEW: What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

The third novella in Ben Aaronovitch’s fantastic Rivers of London series, What Abigail Did That Summer takes place at roughly the same time as the events of the novel Foxglove Summer, and pretty much...

REVIEW: Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Following on from his novella Dogs of War, Adrian Tchaikovsky’s novel Bear Head is a brilliantly observed, drily funny and deeply grim science fiction story of biotech, artificial intelligence and political greed. Despite living...

REVIEW: The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast

In the post-pandemic America of Kristin Cast’s young adult novel The Key To Fear, life in the city of Westfall is entirely geared towards staying safe and healthy. Fifty years after the Cerberus virus...

REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliot

The first book in a new trilogy billed as ‘gender-swapped Alexander the Great in space’, Kate Elliott’s Unconquerable Sun is both a complex political thriller and an action-packed coming of age story, wrapped up...

REVIEW: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The second novel in Tamsyn Muir’s The Locked Tomb series, Harrow the Ninth follows on closely from its predecessor Gideon the Ninth, continuing the same story but taking Harrow’s arc in an unexpected direction....