Author Spotlight: Judith Merkle Riley

This originally appeared as part of the Author Appreciation series on the r/fantasy forum. You can check out more of the Author Appreciation series here. Judith Merkle Riley is not known as a fantasy writer, but an author of historical fiction. However, all of her works do include elements of the supernatural/the occult/fantasy, so I... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Timeless by Gail Carriger is the fifth and final book in her Parasol Protectorate series. Summary:  Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

THANKS TO THE PUBLISHER AND NETGALLEY FOR PROVIDING ME WITH A COPY FOR REVIEW, THIS DID NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK IN ANY WAY. The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg is the latest story set in the world she created with The Paper Magician. If you're familiar at all with The Paper Magician... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May is the final book in her Falconer Trilogy, a historical YA series set in Victorian Scotland featuring a young girl that is born fated to hunt down and kill the Fae. The Fallen Kingdom picks up right where The Vanishing Throne has left off. What's left of the world... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Half Killed by Quenby Olson

The Half Killed by Quenby Olson is a sort of Victorian murder mystery centering around Spiritualists. Only, what if all spirit mediums weren't charlatans? What if some of them could really communicate with spirits? And what if some of those spirits had ill-intent? From Goodreads: Dorothea Hawes has no wish to renew contact with what... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Paper Magician Series by Charlie N. Holmberg

I read this entire series in three days time so I'm going to talk about all three books here in one big review. The fact that I read them all so quickly will probably give you a head's up on how much I enjoyed reading these. Spoiler: I liked them a lot. The Paper Magician... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier is a Celtic take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. From Goodreads: Whistling Tor is a place of secrets, a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress of a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the district in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is a mostly YA historical romance with a tiny fantastical element that becomes a big part of the later plot, but I'm going to review it here anyway because I absolutely loved this book (and here at Way Too Fantasy there is no discrimination about... Continue Reading →

Time Travel and Historical Fantasy

Last week we talked about Historical Fantasy, and after bringing up my definition of the distinction between Alternate History (involving something that could really happen, but didn't, such as Germany losing the Franco-Prussian War, or Kennedy surviving the assassination attempt) and Historical Fantasy (involving something that couldn't happen, like dragons serving in the Air Force,... Continue Reading →

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