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 →

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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 →

On History and Fantasy

As a bookworm, the thing that I enjoy reading most, besides fantasy, is historical fiction. I've always had a fondness for history and, for me, reading books which take place in historical settings is just as magical as exploring carefully constructed secondary worlds. Much of fantasy is based on history, in some way or another.... Continue Reading →

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