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Book Review: Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire, #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

Book Review: Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire, #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

Cover art illustrated by Marc Simonetti

Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Legends of the First Empire (Book #2 of 6)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 528 pages (Mass Market Paperback)

Published: 25th July 2017 by Del Rey


Age of Swords is another win (with one issue) from Michael J. Sullivan.

“There always seemed to be a better way, except when it came to people. Once broken, people couldn’t be repaired.”

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Book Review: Kingdom of Bones (The Echoes Saga, #5) by Philip C. Quaintrell

Book Review: Kingdom of Bones (The Echoes Saga, #5) by Philip C. Quaintrell

Cover art illustrated by: Chris McGrath

Kingdom of Bones by Philip C. Quaintrell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Echoes Saga (Book #5 of 9)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 592 pages (Kindle Edition)

Published: 6th May 2019 by Quaintrell Publishing (Self-Published)


With Kingdom of Bones, I am halfway through the super underhyped series: The Echoes Saga.

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Book Review: Shadows of Self (Mistborn: Wax and Wayne, #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Book Review: Shadows of Self (Mistborn: Wax and Wayne, #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Cover art illustrated by: Chris McGrath

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Mistborn: Wax and Wayne (Book #2 of 4), Mistborn Saga (Book #5 of 7)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 383 pages (International Paperback Edition)

Published: 6th October 2015 by Tor Books (US) & 8th October 2015 by Gollancz (UK)

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Cover Reveal: A Gamble of Gods (The Order of the Dragon, #1) by Mitriel Faywood

Cover Reveal: A Gamble of Gods (The Order of the Dragon, #1) by Mitriel Faywood

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here.

We have an exciting post today. Novel Notions will be hosting the exclusive cover reveal to A Gamble of Gods by Mitriel Fayoowd. This is the author’s debut, and it is the first book in The Order of the Dragon series. For those of you who don’t know, Mitriel has been Mark Lawrence’s beta reader for 8 years now. I’ve known the author for years, and it’s super cool to witness her debut novel nearing its release date soon. I haven’t got the chance to read this book to its completion yet, but from what I’ve read so far, it has been great. I’m looking forward to reading this novel to the end. Without further ado, here’s the cover reveal to A Gamble of Gods by Mitriel Faywood!

Cover art illustrated by KarrahE

Cover designed by STK.Kreations

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Book Review: Speaking Bones (The Dandelion Dynasty, #4) by Ken Liu

Book Review: Speaking Bones (The Dandelion Dynasty, #4) by Ken Liu

Cover art illustrated by: Tony Mauro

Speaking Bones by Ken Liu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Dandelion Dynasty (Book #4 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Silkpunk

Pages: 1047 pages (Hardcover Edition)

Published: 21st June 2022 by Saga Press (US) & Head of Zeus (UK)


I am labeling Ken Liu as a genius. Speaking Bones has launched The Dandelion Dynasty to become the best series of 2022.

“What did that goddess-like lady say? If you do not like the stories you’ve been told, fill your heart with new stories. If you do not like the script you’ve been given, design for yourself new roles.”

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Book Review: Sons of Darkness (The Raag of Rta, #1) by Gourav Mohanty

Book Review: Sons of Darkness (The Raag of Rta, #1) by Gourav Mohanty

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

Cover art illustrated by: Micaela Alcaino

Sons of Darkness by Gourav Mohanty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Raag of Rta (Book #1)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

Pages: 668 pages (Paperback)

Published: 3rd June 2022 by Leadstart


Mahabharata imbued with A Song of Ice and Fire, The First Law, & Malazan Book of the Fallen, Sons of Darkness is the best fantasy debut of 2022.

‘Whenever men found it hard to justify success, they inevitably fell back on luck as the reason. And if the success was completely unimaginable to their feeble minds, they called it magic.’

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Book Review: Until the Last (The Last War, #3) by Mike Shackle

Book Review: Until the Last (The Last War, #3) by Mike Shackle

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

Cover illustration by: Tomas Almeida

Until the Last by Mike Shackle

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Last War (Book #3 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy

Pages: 784 pages

Published: 21st July 2022 by Gollancz


The Last War is over. Another favorite ongoing series concluded.

The Last War trilogy by Mike Shackle has been one of my favorite ongoing series since I read both We Are the Dead and A Fool’s Hope in 2020. Now that it’s finished, I can safely say this has become one of my favorite fantasy trilogies. And it is undoubtedly one of the most underrated fantasy series out there. Despite talking and shouting about this series so many times for the past two years, it seems like I still need to shout about it more because it seriously deserves so much more recognition. It is shocking how relatively few fantasy readers talk about this trilogy. I don’t think you can go wrong with reading The Last War trilogy if you love reading a war story or military fantasy series. Especially if you love reading a fantasy series that revolves around ordinary people rising up to do everything they can to survive and fight back. At all costs.

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Cover Reveal: Remnant (Divinity’s Twilight, #2) by Christopher Russell

Cover Reveal: Remnant (Divinity’s Twilight, #2) by Christopher Russell

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here.

We have an exciting post today. Novel Notions will be one of the blogs hosting the cover reveal to Remnant by Christopher Russell. This is the second book in Divinity’s Twilight series. I’ve read and enjoyed Rebirth! I’m looking forward to reading this novel. Without further ado, here’s the cover reveal to Remnant by Christopher Russell!

Cover art illustrated by Chris McGrath


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Book Review: The Veiled Throne (The Dandelion Dynasty, #3) by Ken Liu

Book Review: The Veiled Throne (The Dandelion Dynasty, #3) by Ken Liu

Cover art illustrated by: Sam Weber

The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Dandelion Dynasty (Book #3 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Silkpunk

Pages: 1008 pages (Hardcover Edition)

Published: 7th December 2021 by Saga Press (US) & 11th November 2021 by Head of Zeus (UK)


The Veiled Throne is a marvelous story. It is a unique and superbly-written first half to the concluding installment of The Dandelion Dynasty.

“Though each individual mortal experiences life for but a score of years, they can draw upon a store of stories left by all their forbearers. The race of humankind grows toward infinity, even as the nature of each individual is limited. Nature may describe tendencies and circumscribe potentialities, but it is within the power of each soul to nurture itself for another life, to imagine a course not taken, to strive for a different view. Through that yearning by the finite for the infinite, the portraits painted by all the mortal eyes may yet piece together a grander truth than our divine understanding.”

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COVER REVEAL: THE SAPPHIRE ALTAR (THE VAGRANT GODS, #2) BY DAVID DALGLISH

COVER REVEAL: THE SAPPHIRE ALTAR (THE VAGRANT GODS, #2) BY DAVID DALGLISH

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here.

We have an exciting post today. Novel Notions hosted the cover reveal to The Bladed Faith by David Dalglish in January. Today, we have the fortune to host the cover reveal for the sequel, The Sapphire Altar, as well! This is the second book in The Vagrant Gods trilogy by David Dalglish. I’ve read and enjoyed The Bladed Faith and also The Keepers Trilogy by Dalglish, and I’m so looking forward to reading this novel. Without further ado, here’s the cover reveal to The Sapphire Altar by David Dalglish! And don’t miss out on the full art with the visor open and closed! Chase Stone and Lauren Panepinto did an awesome job with this cover art.

Cover art illustrated by Chase Stone

Cover designed by Lauren Panepinto

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