Book Review: Master Artificer (The Silent Gods, #2) by Justin Call

Book Review: Master Artificer (The Silent Gods, #2) by Justin Call

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Master Artificer by Justin Travis Call

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Silent Gods (Book #2 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy

Pages: 896 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 6th May 2021 by Gollancz (UK) & 18th May 2021 by Blackstone Publishing (US)


Master Artificer is an epic, super detailed, and ambitious grimdark sequel to Master of Sorrows.

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Book Review: From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

Book Review: From a Buick 8 by Stephen King


From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From a Buick 8 was way more interesting than I expected. Honestly, this is one of the few novels in King’s backlist that I would have had no qualms skipping if it hadn’t been on the suggested expanded Dark Tower reading list I found here. I had no desire to read about a supernatural car. Freaky inanimate objects don’t really do it for me. Most of the time, anyway. I should’ve remembered the topiaries in The Shining. Because this unnatural Buick ended up being pretty darn creepy. I was expecting Christine or James Dean’s Little Bastard. That’s so not what was delivered.

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Book Review: Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) by Rachel Caine

Book Review: Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.

Series: The Great Library (Book 2 of 5)

Genre:  Young adult, alternate history, historical fantasy, fantasy

Published: July 2016 by Berkley Books (US) and Allison & Busby (UK)


Another close-to-perfect read, Paper and Fire was a superb sequel in The Great Library series, one that is on track to become a favourite.

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Book Review: King of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #3) by R.J. Barker

Book Review: King of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #3) by R.J. Barker

King of Assassins by R.J. Barker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, mystery

Published: 7th Aug 2018 by Orbit US & 9th Aug 2018 by Orbit UK


King of Assassins is a powerfully poignant conclusion to a remarkably captivating trilogy.

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Interview with Michael R. Miller

Interview with Michael R. Miller

Hi everyone, Petrik from Novel Notions here. It’s been a while since I last shared an interview with author on this blog; lately, it seems like every interview I did has been on my YouTube channel. But for today, we have an interview Michael Miller, the author behind The Dragon’s Blade Trilogy, Battle Spire, and Ascendant visiting the blog. I chatted with Michael about his decision to revamp the cover art of his first trilogy, which is on sale right now, and also about the rise of quality in self-publishing, and more. Without further ado, here’s my interview with Michael R. Miller!

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Book Review: Nolyn (The Rise and Fall, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

Book Review: Nolyn (The Rise and Fall, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

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Nolyn by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.

Series: The Rise and Fall (Book 1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, high fantasy, classic fantasy

Publication date: 3rd August 2021 by Grim Oak Press


Nolyn was yet another well-crafted and enthralling tale from a masterful storyteller, who never fails to give me what I craved from the world of Elan.

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Book Review: Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Book Review: Bag of Bones by Stephen King


Bag of Bones by Stephen King
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

As I’ve been reading through King’s back catalogue, I’ve come across very few of his stories that hadn’t been spoiled to some extent for me, simply by the culture in which we live. While I had never read The Shining or Pet Sematary or ‘Salem’s Lot, I had some idea what was going to happen because they’re so present in our collective cultural psyche. The same could be said for Carrie, and Misery, and IT, and so many other King novels. But Bag of Bones? I went into this one completely blind. And as with Needful Things and Rose Madder, other books of his that I knew nothing about, it was more impactful because of my lack of exposure. It’s not among my favorite King books I’ve read, but Bag of Bones will be sticking with me for a while.

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Book Review: Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne, #3) by Peter McLean

Book Review: Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne, #3) by Peter McLean

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Priest of Gallows by Peter McLean

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: War for the Rose Throne (Book #3 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy

Pages: 384 pages (Paperback edition)

Published: 27th May 2021 by Jo Fletcher


Priest of Gallows was addictive and instantly immersive as ever.

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Book Review: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4) by Becky Chambers

Book Review: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4) by Becky Chambers

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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Wayfarers (Book 4 of 4)

Genre: Science fiction

Published: 18th Feb 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton & 20th April 2021 by Harper Voyager


The Galaxy, and the Ground Within concludes Becky Chambers’ wonderfully charming science fiction series with another heartwarming story that is so characteristic of all the Wayfarers books.

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Book Review: The Last Watch (The Divide, #1) by J.S. Dewes

Book Review: The Last Watch (The Divide, #1) by J.S. Dewes

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The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Series: The Divide (Book #1 of 2)

Genre: Science fiction, space opera

Pages: 472 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 20th April 2021 by Tor Books


The Last Watch was good, but I believe it would work better as a movie than a novel.

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