“The Vanishing Throne” by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne is the second book in the Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May. It’s a series about a young woman who defies societal convention to fight the fae, who aren’t the pretty Disney type, but rather are evil incarnate. If you read The Falconer back in 2014 like I did, you’ll probably have completely forgotten the plot. IRead more

“The Pages of the Mind” by Jeffe Kennedy

The Pages of the Mind is a fantasy romance novel by Jeffe Kennedy. It’s a continuation of her series The Twelve Kingdoms, but is also the start of its own series within that world. The Pages of the Mind also works pretty well as a standalone, because although The Twelve Kingdoms series consists of fantasy romance stories thatRead more

“An Oath of Wintersteel” by JM Guillen

An Oath of Wintersteel is the latest book by evil mastermind JM Guillen, who has fast become one of my favorite authors. Guillen’s series The Paean of Sundered Dreams is a lot like Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, in that all of his books are set in a shared multiverse despite different times, characters, planets, and even genres. TheRead more

“The Immortal Crown” by Kieth Merrill

This is the week where I finish all of the books that have been sitting on my Goodreads “Currently Reading” shelf forever.  I started reading The Immortal Crown by Kieth Merrill back in May, and despite really liking the plot, it’s taken me a while to finish it.  It’s a pretty hefty dose of epic fantasy, andRead more

Mini-Reviews: Books by Jeffe Kennedy & Emily Gee

The Crown of the Queen by Jeffe Kennedy is a novella that takes place in between two fantasy romance trilogies in the Twelve Kingdoms world.  You can find it in the For Crown and Kingdom duo with another novella by Grace Draven. Actually, a novella isn’t quite the right word for it.  I prefer to think of For Crown andRead more

“The Summer That Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel explores the loss of innocence in a sleepy Ohio town.  Fielding Bliss is a kid growing up in Breathed, Ohio.  His dad is a judge, and has been struggling with the ethical implications of his role.  When he started his career, he saw everything in black and white,Read more

“Kingfisher” by Patricia McKillip

Patricia McKillip has long been one of my favorite authors, and when I heard about Kingfisher, I knew I had to read it.  McKillip creates ethereal and breathtaking works of art, and I expected Kingfisher to be exquisite.  However, this novel doesn’t live up to her earlier stories.  It’s not that Kingfisher is bad, per se, but rather thatRead more

DNF Review: “The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter” by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan is a steampunk fantasy novel about a young woman who leads a double life.  Elizabeth Barnabus grew up as part of the circus, and learned from an early age how to use illusion to manipulate an audience.  After her parents’ untimely deaths, Elizabeth cross-dresses and pretends to be herRead more