“The Queen is Dead” by Kate Locke

The Queen is Dead is the second novel in Kate Locke’s The Immortal Empire trilogy, an urban fantasy series that reimagines the Victorian era, but with lots of undead and otherwise plagued creatures.  The protagonist, Xandra Vardan, is having a hard time dealing with the fact that she’s the queen of the goblins.  Until recently, she didn’t evenRead more

“The Awakened Kingdom” by N.K. Jemisin

the awakened kingdom

The Awakened Kingdom is a novella set in the same world as N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.  The Three gods that rule the universe have been in mourning since the loss of their son Sieh, the Trickster God.  Hoping to fill the void, they give birth to a new godling who calls herself Schill.  Schill realizesRead more

“Blood Rights” by Kristen Painter

Blood Rights by Kristen Painter is set in a futuristic world filled with vampires.  Chrysabelle is a Comarre, or, as the vampires call them, a blood whore.  Think of a skillful courtesan or geisha, trained to entertain with grace, but also bred and raised in such a way as to have the tastiest blood imaginable. Read more

“The Killing Moon” by N.K. Jemisin

Tired of fantasy set in some tired permutation of medieval Europe?  The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin is the book for you!  The story takes place in a fantasy world that is loosely based on ancient Egypt, but with some major differences.  It’s not the stereotypical pharaohs and mummies and cat-gods and tombs, but ratherRead more

“Love Minus Eighty” by Will McIntosh

Love Minus Eighty is a futuristic story that describes the love lives of a handful of intersecting characters.  Mankind has developed the technology to revive the dead provided that their bodies are frozen shortly after their deaths.  Of course, this technology is prohibitively expensive for people without resurrection insurance, which is most of the humanRead more

“The Kingdom of the Gods” by N.K. Jemisin

The Kingdom of the Gods

I recently participated in a readalong of The Kingdom of the Gods, book three in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.  To conclude most readalongs, I like to post a spoiler-free review for anyone who didn’t read along but is curious about the book. The first two books in The Inheritance Trilogy are narrated by mortals, butRead more