The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). This is the second in a series of novels that capably blends Russian folklore/fairy tales and medieval history into spirited adventure fiction in an exotic wilderness. Arden’s first novel introduced readers to Vasya, a young noble woman with the gift of seeing supernatural creatures […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl in the Tower"
Year One by Nora Roberts (SF/F Novel, December 2017). Is it the tense times we live in that has so many authors exploring the theme of society collapsing via assorted doomsday scenarios? Of course the post-holocaust world is a long-established theme in science fiction and also crops up in supernatural fantasy from time to time. Here, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Year One"
Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier (Heroic Fantasy Novel, 2017). This one is a meaty and above average hunk of heroic fantasy adventure writing from a solidly respected pro writer. There are, to be sure, certain elements with Game of Thrones aspects in evidence. But it would be wildly unfair and inaccurate to dismiss it as […]Read more "REVIEWED: Winter of Ice and Iron"
A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly (Supernatural Thriller, 2017). This novel, the latest in along line of books centered around a private detective named Charlie Parker, expertly blends multiple genres to very pleasing effect. Parker sees ghosts (including that of his first daughter) and regularly has to deal with other supernatural threats. Meanwhile, he’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: A Game of Ghosts"
Watership Down by Richard Adams (Anthropomorphic Fantasy Novel, 1972). I’ve been reading (and reviewing) a wide range of mostly recent books of late and will continue to do so. But I felt the itch to tackle a recognized classic and got hold of this famous, wonderful book. I’m happy to report that this much-honored fantasy adventure proved […]Read more "REVIEWED: Watership Down"
Island of Glass by Nora Roberts (Fantasy Novel, 2016). It’s hard to keep up with the enormously prolific and overwhelmingly popular Nora Roberts. This one is the concluding book in The Guardians Trilogy. I missed the first two volumes while sampling several of other books (including the crime stories she writes as JD Robb). But as […]Read more "REVIEWED: Island of Glass"
Ever After by Kim Harrison. (Urban Fantasy novel, 2013). Yep, here I am, as usual getting into an ongoing series long after its debut. In this case, Ever After was the 11th novel in Harrison’s Hollows urban fantasy cycle. Two later novels came out and there’s a graphic novel version, a short story collection, a couple prequels and probably […]Read more "REVIEWED: Ever After"