Spoiler warning! This is book 2 in a series, and as such, the review will contain some spoilers for the plot of book 1. If you want to remain unspoiled, start at the beginning with Air Awakens. Left no choice after her trial and sentencing, Vhalla Yarl, former librarian apprentice is marching to war for the Solaris empire. She’s considered property of the empire and has to use her new and unfamiliar Windwalker powers to help the Emperor and his forces win their conquest of the rebellious north. Two of her new friends from the Tower of Sorcery, her mentor Larel and […]
3.5 stars Vhalla Yarl is a librarian apprentice living in the huge central library in the capital of the Solaris empire. The empire has been at war for ages, trying to conquer the lands in the north and through this conquest uniting the whole continent under one power. One evening, there’s a state of emergency declared, one of the princes has been injured, and all the librarians are needed to help research a possible cure. Remembering how the younger, charming prince, known colloquially as “The Heartbreak Prince”, once saved her when she was falling off a shelf in the library, […]
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn was fantastic! This is the first novel in a new series about Evie Tanaka, personal assistant and best friend to San Francisco’s number #1 superheroine, Aveda Jupiter. They have been BFFs since they were kids when Aveda was only Annie Chang. They were obsessed with a Michelle Yeoh action flick, “The Heroic Trio”, where martial arts heroes battled The Evil Master. It inspired Aveda to become a hero in real life even before a demonic portal opened up in the city. Years earlier, said portal opened up and released magical energy and small-level baddies from […]
Like the Terra Ignota Series, I was first Introduced to Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence novels via The Hugo Awards. And like Terra Ignota, I’m going to start my book reviews with a book that sits right in the middle of the series, with book six. While The Ruin of Angels is told from an increasing number of viewpoints as it progresses, the narrative can be split into roughly two branches. The first branch follows Kai Pohala, who was the protagonist of a previous Craft book, Full Fathom Five. Kai, who is both a priestess and a banker, is visiting the […]
This review covers book 1 & 2 of the Magisterium series, which is another spin on the magician schooling of young people. It comes with the inevitable comparisons to Harry Potter, but other than having two boys and a girl as the main characters, there’s not a lot that is similar (at least in my eyes). The Iron Trial introduces us to Callum Hunt, who really has no desire to become a magician, or mage, as they call it. His father has in fact insisted that Call fail the admission testing for the school, and Call seemingly does so without […]
I missed out on Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books during my teenage years which is when I suspect a lot of people find these books with their magical horses (known as Companions) and tales of growing up and finding out about the world. I’ve been making up for it though since the books have been ending up neatly packaged into trilogies on Kindle over the past couple of years. This particular trilogy is interesting because it features a protagonist who is mentioned very early on in the first Valdemar novel (Arrows of the Queen) as a legendary figure. So, as with […]
This was a CBR Book Exchange gift from a couple of years ago; I thought I found it from a review on here but apparently not! I’m not quite sure what to make of this book, which isn’t to say I disliked it.
A week or so ago, in the need of some decent brain candy, I put out a plea for urban fantasy recommendations. I can’t remember which kind Cannonballer came up with this one, but I’m grateful nonetheless. Nevada Baylor is a private detective in a small ‘family’ business, albeit one that’s been bought out by a much bigger business – in this case one of the many ruling Houses that make up this world. This is a world where magic exists, with different types and various strengths, and the powerful Houses are essentially the most magical families who have risen […]