Category Archives: Fantasy

Heir of Sea and Fire • 1977 • Fantasy novel by Patricia A. McKillip

This is a commemorative read, Patricia McKillip passed away just recently. Synopsis:  This second book in the trilogy sets off one year after the events of book one. Its main protagonist isn’t Morgon anymore but switches to his betrothed one … Continue reading

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The Riddle-Master of Hed • 1976 • Fantasy novel by Patricia A. McKillip

This is a commemorative read, Patricia McKillip passed away just recently. Synopsis: Hed is a backwater island featuring only farmers and swineheards, but no heroes at all. In this contemplative country lives Morgon, Lord of Hed, happily as a farmer. … Continue reading

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Spear • 2022 • Fantasy novel by Nicola Griffith

Synopsis: The story follows the coming-of-age of a nameless girl becoming a fierce warrior and companion of king Arthur. She is a child of two worlds, the Irish Tuatha Dé Dannan with their magic on the one side and the … Continue reading

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The Hunger of the Gods • 2022 • Epic Fantasy novel by John Gwynne

Don’t read further if you want to avoid spoilers for the first book in the series. This is book two of the Bloodsworn Saga, following the excellent The Shadow of the Gods (my review). The cover picture already spoilers a … Continue reading

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2021 Locus Recommended Reading List

At the start of each year, Locus publishes a consensus list from several editors, columnists etc (like Strahan, Horton, Clarke,…) a list of recommended readings of the last year. If you’re looking for previous years: 2020 is here, and 2019 … Continue reading

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The Shadow of the Gods • 2022 • Epic Fantasy novel by John Gwynne

Synopsis: It is 300 years after the twilight of the gods, when the gods killed each other. Their tainted children, all those who have the blood of the gods within them, life as thralls in the Norse land of Vigrið.  … Continue reading

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Quantum of Nightmares • 2022 • Urban Fantasy novel by Charles Stross

Synopsis: Quantum of Nightmares is the sequel to Dead Lies Dreaming, set in an alternate London in the Laundry Files universe, but with a fresh start of characters and topics. The book takes up exactly at the point where it … Continue reading

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A Practical Guide to Conquering the World • 2022 • Military Fantasy novel by K.J. Parker

★★★☆☆ Synopsis: We follow the improbable quest of translator Felix, on his way from suddenly being the last of all Robur (read: Byzantines) at the court of the Echmen (read: Chinese) emperor, savior of the barbarian people called Hus (read: … Continue reading

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The Fall of Gondolin • 2018 • Fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

This is the story of the Evening Star, the Venus, and how it came to appear in the sky. Do you remember Galadriel telling Frodo “‘In this phial [..] is caught the light of Eärendil’s star“, and Elrond telling of … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld • 1974 • Fantasy novel by Patricia A. McKillip

Synopsis: Sybel is a sixteen-year-old sorceress “beautiful as moonlit ice“, living alone in the mountains of Eld together with her mythical beasts her father had summoned: Boar Cyrin, Dragon Gyld, the Black Swan of Terleth, Lyon Gules, Cat Moriah and … Continue reading

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