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Review: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

This book is by turns haunting, bewitching and very lyrical, combing fairytale with Russian folklore to create something that I had trouble putting down. In short, it’s wonderful. Katherine Arden draws deeply on her background in Russian studies here to make something utterly unique. The setting is a fantasy version of medieval Russia, where Vasilisa,… Continue reading Review: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

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Review: Weaver’s Lament, by Emma Newman

This story is definitely a niche one, but none the less compelling for it! It’s by Emma Newman, the queen of short stories and generally excellent writing, following on from the first book in her Industrial Magic series, Brother’s Ruin. The era is the 1800’s, a Victorian England with magic and magi who hold the… Continue reading Review: Weaver’s Lament, by Emma Newman

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Review: The Fourteenth Letter, by Claire Evans

I admit I’m a bit late to the party with this one, but I received a copy in the post a month or two back and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read it. I’m glad I did. Though this is only her debut novel, Claire Evans delivers a skillful tale of debauchery, murder and… Continue reading Review: The Fourteenth Letter, by Claire Evans

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Review: House of Shadows, by Nicola Cornick

I really enjoyed this book. It had everything a book lover could want: a gorgeous, atmospheric setting in Ashdown House; a plethora of strong female characters and a history-spanning storyline that took in everything from magic to star-crossed lovers. Hooray! The story is about three different women: Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of James I of… Continue reading Review: House of Shadows, by Nicola Cornick

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Review: Trust Me, by Zosia Wand

There have been mixed reviews about this book, but I really enjoyed it! Covering everything from family to trust, Trust Me was an exciting and suspenseful read that ramped up the tension steadily over the course of the book had me racing to finish it by the end. Though the blurb of the book gave… Continue reading Review: Trust Me, by Zosia Wand

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Review: My Side of the Diamond, by Sally Gardner

If you like aliens, this is for you. To my knowledge, this is the first time that prize-winning (and excellent) author Sally Gardner has tackled the sci-fi genre, and she approaches it from a bizarre angle that does take some time to get used to. Also, the first ten or so pages were filled with… Continue reading Review: My Side of the Diamond, by Sally Gardner

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Review: The Last Namsara, by Kristen Ciccarelli

I'm a sucker for a good YA romantic fantasy, and when I heard that The Last Namsara was due to be the next big dragon-oriented YA book on the market, I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough. I was expecting some How to Train Your Dragon vibes, mixed in with an epic fantasy… Continue reading Review: The Last Namsara, by Kristen Ciccarelli

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Review: Shadowblack, by Sebastien de Castell

What do you get when you mix a YA book with magic, some exceedingly sarcastic characters and a good dollop of Western? Apparently, the answer is Shadowblack, the second book in the Spellslinger series…and it’s a great read. (Hooray!) Now, I’m a huge fan of Sebastien de Castell, and really enjoyed the first book in… Continue reading Review: Shadowblack, by Sebastien de Castell

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Review: The Girl in the Glass Tower, by Elizabeth Fremantle

I requested this book from Netgalley on a whim, but I’m glad I did! It’s a historical epic, spanning two Royal Families, two centuries and two rather remarkable women who did their best to throw off the constraints of the era, but who, unfortunately, history has forgotten. The heroine of the story is Lady Arbella… Continue reading Review: The Girl in the Glass Tower, by Elizabeth Fremantle

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Review: This Side of Murder, by Anna Lee Huber

If anybody told me about a gripping mystery set in the roaring twenties, and featuring a series of ever-more ingenious murders, then my immediate thought would be: Agatha Christie. It's to Anna Lee Huber's credit, then, that she crafts such an ingenious and exciting story and sets herself apart from the Queen of Crime with… Continue reading Review: This Side of Murder, by Anna Lee Huber