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REVIEW: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, lesson one: block off a large block of time when starting this series because you will not want to put it down. Damn, getting sleep and bathing.  Hell,...

REVIEW: Blackheart Knights by Laure Eve

New interpretations of Arthurian myths are hardly new by definition. These stories have been reshaped and told for centuries. In the last few years alone there have been countless variations – from Lavie Tidhar’s...

REVIEW: Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Visually, the proof of Threadneedle by Cari Thomas is one of the most stunning advance copies I’ve been sent. The cover looks like embroidery, to match main character Anna’s magic, based on threads and...

REVIEW: The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Library of the Dead in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to T.L. Huchu and Tor Books. The Library of the Dead is the first...

REVIEW: King of the Hollow Dark by Cat Hellisen

The blurb for King of the Hollow Dark, shown below, reads like it should come with a record scratch and a voiceover that says something like ‘I bet you’re asking how it all came to...

REVIEW: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The House In The Cerulean Sea is a lovely book incorporating unique world-building and characters. It is a cross between Mrs. Peregrins Home for Peculiar Children, 1984, and a bit of Umbrella Academy. It is a captivating...

REVIEW: Widdershins by Alex Alexander

Widdershins begins in the slums, where we meet our protagonist Niclas. It’s difficult to call him hero, as he’s a pretty simple lad and if we’re being honest, he’s not the sharpest tool in...

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: Fable by Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young’s new novel Fable is, in essence, a story about a daughter’s longing for family. The bestselling author mentions in the afterword that the idea for the book came to her just a...

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...