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REVIEW: The Last Bloodcarver by Vanessa Le

Vanessa Le’s The Last Bloodcarver is a Vietnamese-influenced YA fantasy. Set in a world in which rare blood magic allows wielders to heal, they are ostracised and hunted for their power. The fear of...

REVIEW: Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle

If you’re like me and love books (almost) as much as physical objects than you do as stories, Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle should be on your to-buy list. A dark academia story about...

REVIEW: Until the Last by Mike Shackle

The stakes couldn’t be higher in Until the Last, the final installment of Mike Shackle’s The Last War trilogy, a grimdark military fantasy inspired by real-life stories of resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World...

REVIEW: Shadows of Nyn’Dira by H.C. Newell

H.C. Newell mines new emotional depths in Shadows of Nyn’Dira, the third entry in her dark epic fantasy series, Fallen Light. Shadows of Nyn’Dira builds upon her already strong worldbuilding and character development from...

An Interview with Mariely Lares

Mariely Lares is a Mexican-American debut autor who has swept us away with her novel Sun of Blood and Ruin. A historical fantasy set in a post-conquest Mexico, full of strong characters, mythology and...

REVIEW: Sun of Blood and Ruin by Mariely Lares

Set in post-conquest Mexico, Mariely Lares’ Sun of Blood and Ruin is a fast-paced, smart historical fantasy. It is built around a multi-layered reimagining of the Zorro legend – the masked vigilante, the sorceress...

REVIEW: The Banished by H.C. Newell

H.C. Newell captures the brutal aftermath of Curse of the Fallen with her novella, The Banished, which is essential reading for fans of Newell’s dark epic fantasy series, Fallen Light. While the main books...

REVIEW: The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon

It is not a foreign concept, in fantasy, to have two elements like light and darkness set as oppositions. In fact, it can almost be argued that it’s done too often. Thea Guanzon’s execution...

REVIEW: The Forbidden Realms by H.C. Newell

H.C. Newell puts the fun back in dark fantasy with The Forbidden Realms, the exhilarating second volume of her Fallen Light series and the follow-up to her highly accomplished debut novel, Curse of the...

REVIEW: Forged by Blood by Ehigbor Okosun

Ehigbor Okosun debuts her refreshing new voice in a tale following Dèmi, a young woman who has had everything taken from her in an empire that wants her dead. Magic-users, known as Oluso, are...