Category Archives: Novel

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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Sea of Tranquility • 2022 • Time Travel novel by Emily St. John Mandel

  This rather short novel starts in 1912 when some exiled British youngster heads for British Columbia where he has a weird experience. The next part presents a woman talking to the brother of an estranged friend in 2020 NYC, … Continue reading

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Resilient • 2022 • Space Opera by Allen Stroud

★★★ Resilient is the second novel in Stroud’s new Space Opera series, after Fearless, which I liked quite a lot (review is here) for its high octane action. How does this successor fare? It starts at an unexpected place, the … 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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Grenzwelten • 2022 • Zwei Planetenromane von Ursula K. Le Guin

To my English speaking followers: This omnibus contains two novels, The Word for World is Forest and The Telling. Reviews for both are available via links in the titles. Ursula K. Le Guin ist nicht nur bekannt für ihre Erdsee-Fantasy … Continue reading

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Notes from the Burning Age • 2022 • Magical Futurism Novel by Claire North

Synopsis:  The “Burning Age” is our near future when the Earth itself rebels, using mystical nature spirits called the Kakuy “angels, or devils, guardian voi or djinn of fire and sea” to wipe away humanity by fire, plague, or simple … Continue reading

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The Telling • 2000 • Planetary romance novel by Ursula K. Le Guin

Synopsis This novel is set in the Hainish universe, Le Guin’s last novel in that cycle and also the first Hainish novel after her phenomenal The Dispossessed (my review). You can read it perfectly well as a standalone, although I … 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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