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Book Review: The Tropic of Serpents (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #2) by Marie Brennan

Book Review: The Tropic of Serpents (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #2) by Marie Brennan

Review copy provided by the author’s agent—Zeno Literary Agency—in exchange for an honest review.

Cover art illustrated by Todd Lockwood

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Memoirs of Lady Trent (Book #2 of 5)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Word Count: 98,000 words

Pages: 331 pages (Paperback edition)

Published: 4th March 2014 by Tor Books (US) & 20th June 2014 by Titan Books (UK)


The Tropic of Serpents precisely portrayed why I hate jungles.

“There is no faster way to harden my determination than to assume I will fail at something.”

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Book Review: The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1) by Richard Osman

Book Review: The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1) by Richard Osman

Cover design by Richard Bravery

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

My rating: 1 .5 of 5 stars

Series: Thursday Murder Club (Book #1)

Genre: Murder Mystery

Pages: 355 pages (Hardback edition)

Published: 3rd September 2020 by Penguin (UK) and Pamela Dorman Books (US)


The Thursday Murder Club is a very light-hearted murder mystery novel with zero suspense.

“If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.”

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Book Review: Hell For Hire (Tear Heaven Down, #1) by Rachel Aaron

Book Review: Hell For Hire (Tear Heaven Down, #1) by Rachel Aaron

ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review

Cover Art by Luisa Preissler.

Hell For Hire by Rachel Aaron

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Tear Heaven Down (Book 1)

Genre: Fantasy, urban fantasy

Release date: 4th June 2024 (self-published)


Please allow me to repeat myself, again.  Rachel Aaron has never ever failed to deliver an effortlessly engaging story filled with lovable characters, and an amazing, yet accessible, worldbuilding that is uniquely hers. It came as no surprise that Hell For Hire has all her usual winning trademarks and is possibly her best first book in a series so far.

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Book Review: Return to Edan (The Edan Trilogy, #3) by Philip Chase

Book Review: Return to Edan (The Edan Trilogy, #3) by Philip Chase

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cover art illustrated by Kyra Gregory

Return to Edan by Philip Chase

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Edan Trilogy (Book #3 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Pages: 657 pages (Paperback edition)

Published: 18th September 2023 by Philip Chase (Self-Published)


Return to Edan is an impressive and fitting conclusion to The Edan trilogy.

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Book Review: Demon (Archive of the God Eater, #1) by Rob J. Hayes

Book Review: Demon (Archive of the God Eater, #1) by Rob J. Hayes

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Demon by Rob J. Hayes

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Archive of the God Eater (Book #1 of 3), The God Eater Saga

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Pages: 202 pages (Kindle edition)

Publish date: 6th of August 2024 by Rob J. Hayes (Self-Published)


Wow. Demon was short, impactful, dark, and brutal.

“On wings of vengeance and blood set ablaze, freedom for all mankind!”

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Book Review: Bonds of Chaos (Threadlight, #3) by Zack Argyle

Book Review: Bonds of Chaos (Threadlight, #3) by Zack Argyle

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Cover art by Omer Burak Onal

Bonds of Chaos by Zack Argyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Threadlight (Book #3 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Pages: 360 pages (Hardcover edition)

Publish date: 25th of August 2022 by Zack Argyle (Self-Published)


Bonds of Chaos has successfully nailed the necessary satisfying conclusion to the Threadlight trilogy.

“No matter how hard a man may try, he never truly understands hurt beyond what he has experienced himself.”

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Book Review: The Crown of Omens (The Blood and Steel Saga, #0.5) by E.J. Doble

Book Review: The Crown of Omens (The Blood and Steel Saga, #0.5) by E.J. Doble

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Cover art illustrated by Diego Spezzoni

The Crown of Omens by E.J. Doble

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Blood and Steel Saga (Book #0.5 of 5)

Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Pages: 159 pages (Paperback edition)

Published: 1st October 2023 (Self-Published)


The Crown of Omens is an action-packed alternative starting point for Doble’s grimdark Blood and Steel Saga.

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Book Review: Disquiet Gods (The Sun Eater, #6) by Christopher Ruocchio

Book Review: Disquiet Gods (The Sun Eater, #6) by Christopher Ruocchio

This review is a copy of the transcript of my video review on Disquiet Gods

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

Cover art illustrated by Kieran Yanner

Disquiet Gods by Christopher Ruocchio

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Sun Eater (Book #6 of 7)

Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera, Science Fantasy

Word Count: 290,000 words

Pages: 704 pages (Hardcover edition)

Published: 2nd April 2024 by DAW Books (US) & Head of Zeus (UK)


This book… What a penultimate installment. Disquiet Gods is a festival of epic science fantasy masterwork cranked to maximum level.

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Book Review: The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1) by Tad Williams

Book Review: The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1) by Tad Williams

Cover art illustrated by Michael Whelan

The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Last King of Osten Ard (Book #1 of 4), The Osten Ard Saga (Book #4 of 7)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Pages: 736 pages (Hardcover edition)

Word Count: 350,000 words

Published: 27th June  2017 by DAW Books (US) & Hodder (UK)


It is with a heart of joy I proclaim The Witchwood Crown as an exquisite return to the world of Osten Ard.

“You have a fine voice. Remember that music is a noble charge, even a dangerous charge, because it can pierce a man’s heart when a spear or arrow cannot.”

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Book Review: Stones of Light (Threadlight, #2) by Zack Argyle

Book Review: Stones of Light (Threadlight, #2) by Zack Argyle

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cover art by Omer Burak Onal

Stones of Light by Zack Argyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Threadlight (Book #2 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Pages: 362 pages (Hardcover edition)

Publish date: 4th of April 2021 by Zack Argyle (Self-Published)


This was a great sequel. In Stones of Light, Argyle maintained the consistency of quality in his storytelling.

“It’s like comparing granite to clay. The clay may take shape more easily, but the granite, once you’ve chiseled it into place, is so much stronger. For some people, motherhood comes more easily. For others, it takes a hammer and chisel. No one is made for motherhood. Motherhood is made for you. Some of us aren’t so lucky.”

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