Book Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Summary: Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, The Bird King is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret--he can draw maps of places he's never seen and bend the shape... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Summary: Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Summary: Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of... Continue Reading →

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, aka Waiting on Wednesday, is a weekly meme originating from Jill at Breaking the Spine and now hosted by Wishful Endings. If you’re interested in participating, stop by Wishful Endings to link up your posts. Lady Helen has retreated to a country estate outside Bath to prepare for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn, yet she... Continue Reading →

Book Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

Summary: In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all. Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Summary: Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Seat of Magic by J. Kathleen Cheney

Summary: It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger. Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in... Continue Reading →

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 →

This Week in Reading: Weredeer Adventures, Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy, LitRPG, and Austen-esque Fantasy

Last week I only managed to finish two books so the other two are back on my list to finish up this week. I have just a bit more free time this week so I'm hoping to get through, or at least get part way through, all four books on my list this week, but... Continue Reading →

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