Fantasy

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

The Tethered Mage is the first book in a series, set in a world where magic is scarce, and those who wield the power are tightly controlled by the ruler of the land. They are known as falcons, and when their talents are discovered they are bound to someone who is able to control their... Read More »

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

I have a love-hate relationship with Robin Hobb, and I am afraid that it is mostly hate, given her track history. I was somewhat hesitant at picking up another Fitz book, especially one which is another 700 page doorstop of a book set essentially after Fitz has retired from public life. Retiree adventurers don’t seem... Read More »

Hero by R A Salvatore

Hero is the third in the latest series of books set in the Forgotten Realms by R A Salvatore, and stars his usual characters of Drizzt, Regis, and sundry others to one degree or another. I have previously reviewed books 1 and 2 in this series – Archmage and Maestro¬†and I had some mixed feelings... Read More »

Archmage by R A Salvatore

Drizzt Do’urden is one of the most iconic characters in the Forgotten Realms universe, and it was with some regret that I realised I had missed several previous trilogies written by R A Salvatore. It did not take long for me to catch up with where the world was at, as the author does a... Read More »

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

Hans Christian Andersen meets the denizens of Swamp People in this dark, and disturbing pseudo-fairy tale set in the Louisiana bayou. Deadlight Jack brings together a cast of interesting characters, drawn into a world beyond the one we ordinary folk see around us.¬†The two main roguish protagonists access abilities, and insight which some might see... Read More »

Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan

Portal of a Thousand Worlds is a book by the well-known fantasy author Dave Duncan, set in an alternate version of 19th Century China, and is filled with lots of political, and courtly intrigue. I haven’t read a Dave Duncan book in quite a while, but was intrigued by the premise, and setting of this... Read More »

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Goldenhand is the 5th book in the Old Kingdom series by Australian author Garth Nix. I will confess that the original trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time, and I have been eager to read every addition to the series. The series is set in a land which is divided between a... Read More »

The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M Colby

The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M ColbyThe Cogsmith’s Daughter is the tale of Aya, the daughter of a city’s last cogsmith, who has been forced into the life of a prostitute after her father was executed by the king for the high crime of being unable to fix the prince’s pet clockwork bird. As a young woman she is drawn into... Read More »

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild is a fantasy novel set in an interesting world, where humans are essentially trapped in a city which is both on the border of everywhere, and cut off from everywhere else at the same time. Labrys Town is a tightly controlled world, where magic is outlawed, and citizens live in fear of... Read More »

The Thief’s Daughter by Jeff Wheeler

After taking a dislike to the first book in the series, I thought I would give the second Kingsfountain book a chance to redeem itself. I was disappointed to find that my problems with the first novel, which mostly involved boring characters, and borrowing far too heavily from real world history for its own good,... Read More »

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