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REVIEW: The Woods All Black by Lee Mandelo

I fell in love with Lee Mandelo’s writing when I read his debut, Summer Sons. Now he’s back with queer, atmospheric The Woods All Black. This is a slim novella, but it doesn’t hold...

REVIEW: A Season of Monstrous Conceptions by Lina Rather

Bisexual Sarah is a widow and a midwife. But she’s also one of those born with monstrous deformities. Most often, these children get killed at birth due to fear of the unknown and the...

REVIEW: The Shadow Cabinet by Juno Dawson

The Shadow Cabinet is the follow-up to last year’s Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, taking us back to Juno Dawson’s reimagining of a powerful coven as part of the UK government. For those of you...

REVIEW: Dragonfall by L.R. Lam

Dragonfall, the first book in L.R Lam’s The Dragon Scale Trilogy, is a slow burn, full of angst, moral dilemmas and emotionally damaged characters. When it all comes together, it culminates in an exciting...

REVIEW: The Judas Blossom by Stephen Aryan

The Judas Blossom is an ambitious, majestic and brutal historical fantasy read that impresses throughout. The novel skilfully covers an era, areas, and cultures that are not typical with fantasy novels or historical retellings....

REVIEW: The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

Some books are so magical you know within a few pages that they will end up on your favourites shelf. The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty is such a book. I was...

REVIEW: The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi is an incredible book that gripped me from the very start and didn’t let go…and it still hasn’t, days after I finished it. It is an African and...

REVIEW: World Running Down by Al Hess

World Running Down is the first traditionally published novel by Al Hess. I first read his self-published novel Mazarin Blues last year for the first Self-Published Science Fiction Competition, and loved it. Valentine Weis...

REVIEW: Godkiller by Hannah Kaner

“You are not welcome here, Godkiller” is a simple statement that piqued my curiosity when I opened the package that included Hannah Kaner’s upcoming fantasy debut. I was so intrigued that I opted to...

REVIEW: The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai

Magic. Suffrage. Revolution. These are the three things at the centre of Hadeer Elsbai’s debut The Daughters of Izdihar. Set in an Egyptian-inspired world, probably around the turn of the twentieth century in terms...