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Cover Reveal: The Bone Shard War (The Drowning Empire, #3) by Andrea Stewart

Cover Reveal: The Bone Shard War (The Drowning Empire, #3) by Andrea Stewart

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here.

We have another incredibly exciting post today. Orbit Books has asked Novel Notions to host the cover reveal for one of my most anticipated releases of 2023: The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart! Yes! The Bone Shard Daughter remains strong as one of my favorite fantasy debuts, and I’ve longed for the conclusion to the trilogy for a while now. Today, amazingly, I get to host the cover reveal of the final volume in The Drowning Empire trilogy! Once again, Sasha Vinogradova returns as the cover artist, and she successfully crafted another intricately beautiful cover art. Just like the previous two books in the series. It is an honor for me and Novel Notions to post the cover art to The Bone Shard War. Without further ado, here’s the absolutely beautiful cover reveal for The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart.

Cover art illustrated by Sasha Vinogradova

Cover designed by Lauren Panepinto

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Book Review: The Lost Metal (Mistborn: Wax and Wayne, #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Book Review: The Lost Metal (Mistborn: Wax and Wayne, #4) by Brandon Sanderson

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

Cover art illustrated by: Sam Green

The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Mistborn: Wax and Wayne (Book #4 of 4), Mistborn Saga (Book #7 of 7)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 528 pages (Kindle Edition)

Published: 15th November 2022 by Gollancz (UK) & Tor Books (US)


My god… The Lost Metal was an explosive and stunning conclusion to Mistborn: Wax and Wayne series. Sanderson has delivered another tremendous finishing volume in The Mistborn Saga, reinforcing my excitement for future Cosmere books.

“If you truly were interested in the beauty of the art—instead of some tangential sense of control—you’d want everyone to be able to experience it. The more the better.”

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Cover Reveal: The Combat Codes (The Combat Codes Saga, #1) by Alexander Darwin

Cover Reveal: The Combat Codes (The Combat Codes Saga, #1) by Alexander Darwin

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here.

We have an incredibly exciting post today. Orbit Books has asked Novel Notions to host the cover re-reveal of a book I’ve read and enjoyed almost two years ago: The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin. This was originally a self-published novel that became one of the finalists in SPFBO 6th. Orbit has announced its acquisition six months ago, and now, The Combat Codes is receiving a brand-new cover art, design, and publication date. I also had the opportunity to chat a bit with Alexander Darwin himself regarding the new cover and what’s new with the Orbit edition. It is an honor for me and Novel Notions to post the cover art to The Combat Codes. Without further ado, here’s the NEW cover reveal to The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin!

Cover art illustrated by Peter Bollinger

Cover designed by Lauren Panepinto


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Blog Tour: Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Blog Tour: Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here. We, the Novel Notions team, are thrilled and honored that we have the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree. This is the super hyped cozy fantasy book, Travis Baldree’s debut novel, which I read and reviewed a few months ago. Today is the UK release date for the traditionally published edition of Legends and Lattes, so I thought might as well re-shape my review for the book.  Here’s why you should read Legends and Lattes if you somehow haven’t read it!


Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Standalone

Genre: Fantasy, Slice-of-Life

Pages: 318 pages (Kindle Edition)

Published: 10th November 2022 by Tor (UK) & 8th November 2022 by Tor Books (US)


Legends and Lattes is the wholesome and cozy fantasy you didn’t know you need.

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Book Review: Dark Theory (Dark Law, #1) by Wick Welker

Book Review: Dark Theory (Dark Law, #1) by Wick Welker

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cover art by: Damonza

Dark Theory by Wick Welker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Dark Law (Book #1)

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic

Pages: 796 pages (Kindle Edition)

Published: 17th April 2022 by Wick Welker (Self-Published)


Dark Theory is an ambitious and imaginative blend of fantasy and hard science fiction.

“You get a little older—either wiser or dimmer, not sure—and you realize the questions don’t matter. It’s what you do with the mystery that matters.”

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Book Review: Age of the King (The Echoes Saga, #6) by Philip C. Quaintrell

Book Review: Age of the King (The Echoes Saga, #6) by Philip C. Quaintrell

Cover art illustrated by: Chris McGrath

Age of the King by Philip C. Quaintrell

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Echoes Saga (Book #2 of 9)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 678 pages (Kindle Edition)

Published: 4th October 2019 by Quaintrell Publishing (Self-Published)


Age of the King is not only the best of the second trilogy in The Echoes Saga, but it is also the best in the entire series so far.

“Every life matters… Only when weight is given to the individual will the many thrive.”

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Manga Review: Death Note Short Stories by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Manga Review: Death Note Short Stories by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata


Death Note Short Stories by Tsugumi Ohba

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: Death Note

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery

Pages: 226 pages (Paperback)

Published: 10th May 2022 by VIZ


A parting gift to fans of Death Note, even if some of the stories were fillers or too short.

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba (Story) and Takeshi Obata (Art) is one of my favorite manga/anime of all time. I have reread and rewatched Death Note plenty of times. When I knew there was a Death Note Short Stories, I instantly ordered the book without thinking. And upon the arrival of Death Note Short Stories, I did what any sane man would do in the presence of a Death Note. Open it immediately. Then read it non-stop to its completion.

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Book Review: Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1) by Jay Kristoff

Book Review: Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1) by Jay Kristoff

Cover art illustrated by Kerby Rosanes

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Empire of the Vampire (Book #1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Epic fantasy

Pages: 725 pages (UK Hardcover)

Published: 7th September 2021 by Harper Voyager (UK) & 14th September by Tor Books (US)


Empire of the Vampire is an infuriating novel. And yet, at the same time, it is also a brilliant and bloody epic post-apocalyptic fantasy and vampire story.

“I never thought I’d find such peace in simple reading. The words were a kind of magic, taking me by the hand and sweeping me into lands unseen, times unremembered, thoughts unimagined. Through all my years in San Michon, all the blood and sweat and darkling roads I walked, I learned one of my greatest lessons sitting in that Library with those girls in the still of the night.
A life without books is a life not lived.”

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Book Review: Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3) by Michael J. Sullivan

Book Review: Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3) by Michael J. Sullivan

Cover art illustrated by Marc Simonetti

Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Legends of the First Empire (Book #3 of 6)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic fantasy

Pages: 464 pages (Mass Market Paperback)

Published: 3rd July 2018 by Del Rey


Age of War is the best of the series so far. And it is also among Sullivan’s list of best novels.

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Cover Reveal: Wrath from the Mountains (The Bane Sword Saga, #2) by D.A. Smith

Cover Reveal: Wrath from the Mountains (The Bane Sword Saga, #2) by D.A. Smith

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here.

We have another exciting post today. Yes, it’s another cover reveal! Novel Notions will be hosting the cover reveal of the sequel to The Blood of Outcasts by D.A. Smith! This is the second book in The Bane Sword Saga, a gritty samurai-inspired fantasy novel!

Without further ado, here’s the cover reveal of Wrath from the Mountains by D.A. Smith!

Cover art illustrated by Martin Mottet


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