“The Guild of Assassins” by Anna Kashina

The Guild of Assassins is the second book in Anna Kashina’s series The Majat Code.  If you haven’t read the first book, see my review of Blades of the Old Empire instead, as this review will contain spoilers from the first book. When Kara made the decision to disobey her orders to save Prince Kythar’s life, she wasRead more

“The Book of the Crowman” by Joseph D’Lacey

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The Book of the Crowman is the second book in Joseph D’Lacey’s Black Dawn series, an ecological post-apocalyptic horror story about what happens when mankind stops respecting the Earth and the land itself begins to fight back. The story is told from the perspectives of two different characters, representing both the future and the past. Read more

“The Mirror Empire” by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley is one of the most stunning epic fantasies I’ve read this year.  The setting is unique and plays a major role in the story.  Magic exists, but magic is controlled and influenced by the stars.  Para, Tira, and Sina cycle through relatively frequently, and people with an affinity toRead more

“Blades of the Old Empire” by Anna Kashina

An ancient order of evil magicians called the Kaddim have risen from the ashes and threaten King Evan’s lands.  Only two people appear to be immune to their power:  Prince Kythar, and his bodyguard Kara.  Prince Kythar isn’t supposed to exist, because it’s forbidden for royals to have magical talent.  He should have been killedRead more

“Black Feathers” by Joseph D’Lacey

Black Feathers is the first book in The Black Dawn, a series by Joseph D’Lacey that is set in the aftermath of an environmental apocalypse in a world not unlike our own.  When I saw this book at Barnes & Noble, I was immediately sucked in by the opening lines of the prologue, and knewRead more

“The Mad Scientist’s Daughter” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

When I requested The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, it was actually by mistake.  I had confused it with a YA novel about Frankenstein’s daughter (proof that the …’s Daughter naming trend has gone too far), and thought I’d read it on a whim.  This turned out to be the best mistake of 2013.  The Mad Scientist’sRead more

“iD” by Madeline Ashby

The first book in Madeline Ashby’s Machine Dynasty series, vN, was one of my favorite books that I’ve read all year.  The plot of vN features the story of Amy, a self-replicating robot whose failsafe fails.  This means that she is in the relatively unique position of being a robot capable of harming humans. TheRead more

“Morlock Night” by K. W. Jeter

I received a copy of Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter from the fine folks at Angry Robot in exchange for an honest review.  Angry Robot puts out some awesome books, and if you haven’t already, you should definitely check them out. Morlock Night is a steampunk novel that picks up where H. G. Wells’ The Time MachineRead more

“vN” by Madeline Ashby

Amy Peterson seems like an ordinary little girl, but she’s not.  She’s a vN, short for von Neumann machine, a self-replicating robot.  Her normal childhood is only possible because she’s eating a restricted diet, preventing her from growing at her normal speed. Madeline Ashby imagines a world where robots are governed by specific rules.  OneRead more