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REVIEW: Witchsign by Den Patrick

Witchsign by Den Patrick is a slow burn of a novel but promises a solid foundation for the Ashen Torment series. Patrick, whose previous stories included the dark fantasy series Erebus Sequence, writes Witchsign as...

REVIEW: Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike

J. Zachary Pike’s Orconomics on the surface, looks like your typical fantasy story. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. The thing is five pages into the book; you know that you are entirely...

REVIEW: The Boundless by Peter Newman

I received a review copy of The Boundless in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Peter Newman and Harper Voyager. The Ruthless was my favourite fantasy read of 2019 and that lead...

REVIEW: Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Angel Mage by Garth Nix is a competent foray into the grimdark subgenre meant for young adult (YA) readers. Taking place in a setting derivative of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, the narrative follows the...

REVIEW: The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams

I discovered the name Mazarkis Williams late in the game. It was a lucky accident that I stumbled across her short story Violet in the anthology The Art of War. I loved it. Williams...

REVIEW: Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Every now and then our team gets approached separately by the same publicist, or by two seperate publishers altogether, to review a book. And when that happens we end up with something that’s rare...

An Interview with Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison is a New York Times best-selling author of The Hollows Series, The Madison Avery Series, The Peri Reed Chronicles, and two graphic novels that take place in The Hollows world. Kim Harrison sat down with...

REVIEW: American Demon by Kim Harrison

Sometimes the end of something is just the beginning of a new chapter. Things don’t have to end. Characters don’t have to stop because, with some, there is so much more story to tell—case...

REVIEW: The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Obsidian Tower in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Melissa Caruso and Orbit Books. “There are two kinds of magic. There is the kind...

5 Grimdark Books that Won’t Suspend Your Idea of Truth, Reality, or Science

Scientists are human beings too, and like all humans we want to add narratives to our data and experiments. Despite the temptation to influence, such desires must be resisted. Even if the human condition...