A Western film set in a desert with an Arabian feel, supernatural beings hiding in the shadows and a Prince out to take back a kingdom. Rebel of the Sands is a mashup of many types of story, but it works. As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I… Read more »
The Waer of the Gwydhan Valley live peacefully, keeping their sheep and crops with thanks to their small gods. But when young waer Lowell Sencha finds a woman washed up on the riverbank, trouble is about to descend on the quiet valley and its people. Waer is far from a… Read more »
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War was released just before the launch of Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft‘s fifth expansion, and coincided with a scenario in-game in which players take part in the major battle from either the Alliance (Theramore’s Fall) or Horde (Theramore’s Fall) sides. By the way, if you’re… Read more »
This is a review for the second book in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, and so contains mild spoilers for book one. You may wish to read my review for A Crucible of Souls instead.
A slave population, denied reading and writing. A girl, taken from her island home as a girl and chosen to be trained as Tutor to the royal family. A prince, wishing to be a better man than he perceives his father to be. The premise of Sword and Verse sounded… Read more »
A society of werewolves and other paranormal creatures in Scotland, in New Zealand and around the world – sound a bit familiar? Who’s Afraid? is certainly similar to other paranormal stories in some ways, but has more heart than many I’ve read. Tommi Grayson lives in Dundee, Scotland. After her… Read more »
Lady Helen’s adventures have been described by one publicist as “Elizabeth Bennet meets Buffy”, and that pretty much sums this book up in a few words. By turns witty, delicious Regency society drama and dark, action-packed adventure, I could not put it down. Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to step… Read more »
A stand-alone story involving an isolated Chinese village, written by a well-established YA author: Sounds amazing, right? Well, in a lot of ways, it was. The book is only short and the pace is relentless, at least once Fei leaves the village. I loved the idea of a village perched… Read more »
The people of the federated countries are not happy with the burgeoning industrialisation and their replacement with machines or with “constructs” (people with mechanical limbs) creates a simmering tension. The leading council of the realm is barely holding on to power, while fighting amongst themselves. A Vanishing Glow is a combination… Read more »
This review is for the second book in this series, and so contains spoilers for the first. You may wish to go and listen to Philippa and I chat (in a non-spoilery way) about Snow Like Ashes instead!