Book Review: Unconquered Warrior by J.L. Nicely

Title: Unconquered Warrior Author: J.L. Nicely Publisher: Braintree Press Publication Date: July 8, 2018 Genres: Epic Fantasy Shelves: Female-fronted, female-authored This was a book that was nothing like I expected, and yet everything I wanted it to be. Unconquered Warrior is an epic fantasy novel that advances the theme of female empowerment even as it places so many of the familiar... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Title: Song of Blood & Stone Author: L. Penelope Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Publication Date: July 16, 2019 Genres: Epic Fantasy Shelves: Female-fronted, female-authored Although Song of Blood & Stone wasn't quite what I was expecting - it took a long while to acclimate myself to the world-building, and it was more YA than I was expecting - once I settled... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Stealing Thunder by Alina Boyden

Title: Stealing Thunder Author: Alina Boyden Publisher: Ace Publication Date: May 12, 2020 Genres: Epic Fantasy Shelves: Female-fronted, female-authored, transgender As the first adult fantasy novel with a trans woman main character, written by a trans woman author, ever to be published by a mainstream press in the United States, I had high hopes for Stealing Thunder. I didn't just want... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Ranger of Marzanna by Jon Skovron

Title: The Ranger of Marzanna Author:  Jon Skovron Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: April 21, 2020 Genres: Epic Fantasy Shelves: Female-fronted With complex characters, a unique setting, an intriguing mythology, and an even more complex morality, The Ranger of Marzanna is one of those books that managed to exceed even my high expectations. This is the story of two siblings, two... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Of Honey and Wildfires by Sarah Chorn

Title: Of Honey and Wildfires Author: Sarah Chorn Publisher: Sarah Chorn Publication Date: April 28, 2020 Genres: Fantasy Shelves: Female-fronted, Female-authored The best stories are those you experience, the ones that get inside your head and your heart, but it's storytelling of a whole other level when you know there is heartbreak and sorrow ahead, and yet you feel compelled... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Title: Holy Sister Author:  Mark Lawrence Publisher: Ace Publication Date: February 25, 2020 Genres: Grimdark Fantasy Shelves: Female-fronted I seem to have a middle-book (and movie) fetish, often preferring those dark, penultimate story arcs over the eventual climax. As much as I did enjoy Holy Sister, and thought it had some amazing scenes, the Book of the Ancestor is another... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Queen’s Bargain by Anne Bishop

Title: The Queen's Bargain Author: Anne Bishop Publisher: Ace Publication Date: March 10, 2020 Genres: Fantasy Shelves: Female-led, Female-authored Like all of the Black Jewels novels and stories, The Queen's Bargain is a complex, complicated weave of themes and genres, appearing to be one thing before revealing another before becoming something else entirely. So much of it is light reading,... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

Title: Grey Sister Author:  Mark Lawrence Publisher: Ace Publication Date: February 26, 2019 Genres: Grimdark Fantasy Shelves: Female-fronted With Grey Sister, the second book in the Book of the Ancestor, Mark Lawrence graduates Nona to Mystic Class, pushes Abbess Glass to the brink, and takes the action outside the Convent of Sweet Mercy, across the ice, and into the halls... Continue Reading →

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