Book Reviews

Wyrd Gods – Review

A unique type of fantasy that excels in successfully drawing on mythologies; the uninitiated however may need to put in a bit more work to appreciate it fully. Author – Susana Imaginário Pages – 394 Thankyou very much to Susana for providing me with an audiobook copy of Wyrd Gods in exchange for an honestContinue reading “Wyrd Gods – Review”

Hex – Review

A brilliantly creepy and original horror story that is unfortunately let down by one or two aspects. Author – Thomas Olde Heuvelt Pages – 404 Hex was a book that actually managed to scare me, which is exactly what I was looking for and had been for a while. Hats off to Nick Borelli whoContinue reading “Hex – Review”

Amethyst – Review

Author – Jesse Nolan Bailey Pages – 133 Format – eBook The One Sentence Review This thought provoking novella proves two things: that humans are just as scary as monsters and that you don’t have to write an epic to leave a lasting impression on a reader. The Review First of all, Thankyou to JesseContinue reading “Amethyst – Review”

The Sandman – Review

Narrated by Neil Gaiman & performed by a full cast, based on The Sandman graphic novels, created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg. Written by Neil Gaiman Adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs Wow, what a fantastic experience this Audiobook production was! I could honestly listen to this again straight away and thoroughlyContinue reading “The Sandman – Review”

Pacific Monsters – Review

Editor – Margrét Helgadóttir Pages – 181 Format – Paperback I was kindly offered a review copy of one of the books in this interesting series by the editor, Margrét Helgadóttir after being recommended by another blogger. I chose Pacific Monsters. Thankyou to Margrét and Fox Spirit books for this review copy – I’ve nowContinue reading “Pacific Monsters – Review”

Review – Salvation

Author – Peter F Hamilton Pages – 532 Format – Paperback Synopsis Know your enemy – or be defeated. AD 2204An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion – so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions,Continue reading “Review – Salvation”

Temeraire – Review

Author – Naomi Novik Pages – 333 Synopsis Captain Will Laurence has been at sea since he was just twelve years old; finding a warmer berth in Nelson’s navy than any he enjoyed as the youngest, least important son of Lord Allendale. Rising on merit to captain his own vessel, Laurence has earned himself aContinue reading “Temeraire – Review”

The Wrack – Review

Author: John Bierce Pages: 240 Format: Ebook Synopsis Plague has come to the continent of Teringia. As the Wrack makes its slow, relentless march southwards, it will humble kings and healers, seers and merchants, priests and warriors. Behind, it leaves only screams and suffering, and before it, spreads only fear. Lothain, the birthplace of theContinue reading “The Wrack – Review”

Spit and Song – Review

Author: Travis M Riddle Pages: 510 Format: Ebook Synopsis Kali is a merchant who yearns to leave the harsh deserts of Herrilock and travel across the sea, trading goods and soaking in the sights and cultures. With a new potion on the market undercutting her profits, though, her seabound dreams are put on hold indefinitely.Continue reading “Spit and Song – Review”

The Gatewatch – Review

Author: Joshua Gillingham Pages: 320 Synopsis Torin Ten-Trees and his closest companions, Bryn and Grimsa, set out to join The Gatewatch and become trollhunters. When a troupe of meddling dwarves throws them off course they are captured by trolls and taken as prisoners to a secret gathering deep underground. There they learn that an ancientContinue reading “The Gatewatch – Review”

The Last Wish – Review

Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Series: The Witcher Pages: 288 Synopsis Introducing Geralt the Witcher – revered and hated – who holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this first book in the Witcher series that inspired a bestselling game and is soon to be a major Netflix series. Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher,Continue reading “The Last Wish – Review”

Lost Solace – Review

Author: Karl Drinkwater Synopsis Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors. Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might beContinue reading “Lost Solace – Review”

Embers of War – Review

Embers of War is a book that ticks all the boxes – plot, worldbuilding, characters, writing style, immersion and quite simply exudes a slick, professional vibe. “They say that our remembrances shape our personalities. But what happens to us when our recollections are altered? Who do we become?” I’d been meaning to get around toContinue reading “Embers of War – Review”

The Poppy War – Review

Author: R F Kiang Publisher: Harper Voyager Pages: 544 (Content/Trigger Warning is at the bottom of the review.) I’d heard alot about the Poppy War and those who love it seem to really love it. So I was surprised about the mixed reviews. I personally really enjoyed it, despite a few elements that weren’t toContinue reading “The Poppy War – Review”

Binti – Review

Author: Nnedi Okorafor Publisher: Tor Books Pages: 96 Binti is an easy read that incorporates some important themes, without feeling preachy. It’s a space adventure, and it manages to make for a fast paced and interesting read. Because of this, the word count does let down the plot – there is simply not enough spaceContinue reading “Binti – Review”

Neon Leviathan – Review

Author: T. R. Napper Pages: 358 Publisher: Grimdark Magazine, Feb/March 2020 Synopsis A collection of stories about the outsiders – the criminals, the soldiers, the addicts, the mathematicians, the gamblers and the cage fighters, the refugees and the rebels. From the battlefield to alternate realities to the mean streets of the dark city, we walkContinue reading “Neon Leviathan – Review”

This Is How You Lose The Time War – Review

Authors: Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Pages: 209 Publication: Jo Fletcher Books, 16th July 2019 Synopsis Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, whatContinue reading “This Is How You Lose The Time War – Review”

Dragonslayer – Review

A fast paced ‘back to basics’ traditional fantasy tale that keeps the fun factor high. Author: Duncan M Hamilton Publisher: Tor Pages: 304 Rating: 4.5 stars (Rounded up to 5 on Goodreads/Amazon) Synopsis: With the dragons believed dead, the kingdom had no more need for dragonslayers. Drunk, disgraced, and all but forgotten, Guillot has longContinue reading “Dragonslayer – Review”

Kalanon’s Rising – Review

A gripping murder-mystery fantasy thriller with great characters, exciting twists and turns and a fleshed-out world. Author: Darian Smith Website Twitter Facebook: DarianSmithAuthor Pages: 424 Synopsis Solve a murder, stop a war, save the world. Sir Brannon Kesh spent years building a new life as a physician and leaving the name Bloodhawk (and the wartimeContinue reading “Kalanon’s Rising – Review”

Parasites – Review

This is a review for Parasites by Matthew Samuels. I received a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. I took a while just thinking how to properly describe the sub-genre of sci-fi that I feel Parasites sits in. Solarpunk is probably the closest – despite having a slight dystopian vibe in parts,Continue reading “Parasites – Review”

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