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Book Review: Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4) by James S.A. Corey

Book Review: Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4) by James S.A. Corey

Cover Illustration by: Daniel Dociu

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Expanse (Book #4 of 9)

Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera

Pages: 587 pages (UK paperback)

Published: 17th June 2014 by Orbit


Cibola Burn brings The Expanse back to its good form.

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Book Review: Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse, #3) by James S.A. Corey

Book Review: Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse, #3) by James S.A. Corey

Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Expanse (Book #3 of 9)

Genre: Sci-fi, Space opera

Pages: 560 pages (UK paperback edition)

Published: 4th July 2013 by Orbit


This was underwhelming; my least favorite novel in the series so far.

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Book Review: The Last Emperox (The Interdependency,#3) by John Scalzi

Book Review: The Last Emperox (The Interdependency,#3) by John Scalzi

ARC received from the publisher, Tor Books, in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Emperox by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Series: The Interdependency (Book 3 of 3)

Genre: Science fiction, space opera

Published: 14th April 2020 by Tor US & 16th April 2020 by Tor UK


The Last Emperox is a satisfying conclusion to one of the more entertaining and accessible space operas I’ve read.

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Book Review: Unconquerable Sun (The Sun Chronicles, #1) by Kate Elliott

Book Review: Unconquerable Sun (The Sun Chronicles, #1) by Kate Elliott

ARC provided by the publishers—Tor Books & Head of Zeus—in exchange for an honest review.

Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Sun Chronicles (Book #1 of 3)

Genre: Sci-fi, Military Sci-fi, Space Opera

Pages: 528 pages (US hardback edition)

Published: 1st October 2020 by Head of Zeus (UK) & 7th July 2020 by Tor Books (US)


It’s quite outrageous that it took me this long to finally read Kate Elliott’s book for the very first time.

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Book Review: The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2) by John Scalzi

Book Review: The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2) by John Scalzi

Review copy received from the publisher, Tor Books, in exchange for an honest review

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Series: The Interdependency (Book 2 of 3)

Genre: Science fiction, space opera

Published: 16th October 2018 by Tor US & 18th October 2018 by Tor UK


The Consuming Fire feels like a middle-book, but in a good way. Just as entertaining and accessible as the first, this sequel took the plotline of The Interdependency trilogy in an interesting direction.

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Book Review: The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency, #1) by John Scalzi

Book Review: The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency, #1) by John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Series: The Interdependency (Book 1 of 3)

Genre: Science fiction, space opera

Published: 21st March 2017 by Tor US & 23rd March 2017 by Tor UK


I think two words perfectly describe The Collapsing Empire – entertaining and accessible. This is science fiction for the masses that is fun and riveting.

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Book Review: Caliban’s War (The Expanse, #2) by James S.A. Corey

Book Review: Caliban’s War (The Expanse, #2) by James S.A. Corey

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Expanse (Book #2 of 9)

Genre: Science fiction, Space opera

Pages: 624 pages (UK paperback edition)

Published: 7th June 2012 by Orbit (UK) & 1st January 2012 by Orbit (US)


Avasarala is finally here!!!

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Book Review: Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1) by James S. A. Corey

Book Review: Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1) by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Expanse (Book #1 of 9)

Genre: Science fiction, Space opera, mystery

Pages: 592 pages (UK paperback edition)

Published: 15th June 2011 by Orbit (UK) & 2nd June 2011 by Orbit (US)


Leviathan Wakes was so good; a character-driven space-opera that combines sci-fi, noir, mystery, and a slice of horror into one.

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Book Review: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, #1) by A.K. Larkwood

Book Review: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, #1) by A.K. Larkwood

I received an ARC of The Unspoken Name from the publisher (Tor UK) in exchange for an honest review.


The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Serpent Gates (Book #1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, Science-fiction, Space Opera

Published: 20th February 2020 by Tor (UK) & 11th February 2020 by Tor Books (US)


An extraordinary debut from a fresh and exciting new voice in fantasy!

It has been a while since I added a book by an unknown author to my tbr that fast. It was unavoidable though, as the blurb of the Unspoken Name spoke to me! On the day of her inevitable death as a sacrificial bride to the god of desolation, Csorwe is gifted a choice. She can ignore her fate and walk away from this needless death. All she has to do is join a wizard named Belthandros Sethennai as his loyal agent. Her duties? Fulfilling the role of thief, spy & assassin in the mage’s quest to regain rulership of the city Tlaanthothei, and helping him recover his ultimate prize – the Reliquary of Pentravesse. As choices go, it’s not the hardest one to make, but it has consequences. Gods do not forget.

“Nothing in this world has earned the power to frighten you, Csorwe,” he said. “You have looked your foretold death in the face and turned from it in defiance. Nothing in this world or any other deserves your fear.”

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Book Review: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, #1) by A.K. Larkwood

Book Review: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, #1) by A.K. Larkwood

ARC provided by the publisher—Tor UK—in exchange for an honest review.

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Serpent Gates (Book #1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, High fantasy, Science-fiction, Space Opera

Pages: 496 pages (UK hardcover edition)

Published: 20th February 2020 by Tor (UK) & 11th February 2020 by Tor Books (US)


The Unspoken Name is a terrifically-written debut that merged science fiction, space-opera, and high fantasy into one inventive book that’s incredibly suitable for SFF enthusiast.

One look into the striking cover art by Billelis, and I already wanted to speak about this book. My urge to read this book increased when both Nicholas Eames—the author behind The Band series— and Dyrk Ashton—the author behind Paternus trilogy—recommended the book to me. Then I found out that Lindsey Hall, the editor behind two books—Kings of the Wyld and the upcoming The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson—I truly loved edited this book too, suffice to say that The Unspoken Name has attained all the package that made it a necessity for me to read; I’m glad I did.

“Csorwe had spent a lifetime readying herself to die, not to talk to strangers.”

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