Fantasy Fiction

The opening of this debut novel captures a vivid scene. Ragnvald is dancing the oars aboard the ship he has been serving on for the whole journey to and from the North Sea. This moment of light relief suddenly turns deadly when the captain of the ship, Solvi, attacks him without warning, leaving him to… Read More

It’s plague season in Paris, and a woman’s entire family is dead except for her son. Then her son is kidnapped, so the woman goes on a merry adventure. I feel like that’s a summary of City of Crows that sits around the same level of Chris Womersley’s writing. Chris Womersley is the author of… Read More

Let’s say you read the Mistborn trilogy. You liked Mistborn, it had a good ending. Each book was satisfying, and the final one was most satisfying of all. Then Brandon Sanderson goes and changes the whole scope of everything on you. That trilogy you just read is now just a small part of an over-arching… Read More

Amercian War is an extraordinary novel – emotionally powerful, challenging and thought-provoking. Omar El Akkad imagines a second American civil war in the future, that feels as if it could be happening right now, such is the power of his prose, and realism of the conflict. The book centres around Sarat Chestnut from Louisiana, who… Read More

Lian Hearn lives in Australia and writes novels set in Japan. Earlier this year I read her first novel in this series, Emperor of the Eight Islands. Her second, called Lord of the Darkwood, completes the tale of Shikanoko. Unusually, I thought the second book was far better than the first in the series. I… Read More

Hope Ardern is the woman the world forgets. It started when she was 16 years old, a slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive her to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase her missing homework. A friend who… Read More

The Life of Elves, the third novel by French author Muriel Barbery, is an enchanting and captivating novel that reminds us of the power that language has to weave magic. Written seven years after her previous bestseller The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this book offers something completely different: a literary fairytale about the longstanding battle… Read More

I’m having a full Sanderson throwback month. Over the next 4 weeks I’m going to be looking at the three books in his first Mistborn trilogy, then reviewing the trilogy as a whole. Sit tight folks, it’s going to be a long ride out on the Sanderson Avalanche. Brandon Sanderson must be one of the… Read More

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