Epic Storytelling in Empire of the Vampire | Book Review

【 EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE 】 ★★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Jay KristoffPublished: September 2021Publisher: Harper VoyagerPages: 736 (paperback) QUICK THOUGHTSI may need a week to recover from severe heart palpitations this beautiful monstrosity of a book gave me. I am exhausted and amazed. This mammoth of a read tackles vampires in a gorey and brilliant way. … Continue reading Epic Storytelling in Empire of the Vampire | Book Review

Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

【 ELDEST 】 ★★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Christopher PaoliniPublished: March 2007Publisher: Knopf BooksPages: 704 (paperback) First thoughts I can't get over how much more I loved this than Eragon, not that Eragon was bad. But wow! The story really sky-rocketed into another realm of awesome. I've been wanting to read this second instalment for so long, … Continue reading Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

Witches in Threadneedle | Book Review

【 THREADNEEDLE 】 ★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (paranormal)Author: Cari ThomasPublished: May 2021Publisher: HarperCollinsPages: 576 (paperback) First thoughts This was such an intriguing story that was full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the dark mood of the book and trying to guess who was right and who was wrong. Can't wait for the next … Continue reading Witches in Threadneedle | Book Review

Epic African Empires in Son of the Storm | Book Review

【 SON OF THE STORM 】 ★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Suyi Davies OkungbowaPublished: May 2021Publisher: OrbitPages: 496 [paperback] [ TW ° gruesome violence ° blood ° undead ° death ] First thoughts So interesting! I loved the world building and the complexities of society in this story. It is absolutely to die for and my imagination … Continue reading Epic African Empires in Son of the Storm | Book Review

Perfect Insanity in The Starless Sea | Book Review

【The Starless Sea】 ★★★★★ Genre: Fantasy, Magical RealismAuthor: Erin MorgensternPublished: November 2019Publisher: Harvill SeckerPages: 498 [paperback] First thoughts *picks jaw back up off the floor* woowwww! This book is perfect insanity, and I loved it so much. From the very first chapter this whisks you away into a different realm of existence where anything goes and cats … Continue reading Perfect Insanity in The Starless Sea | Book Review

Fuzzy Memories in the Memory of Souls

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons Genre: Fantasy Author: Jenn Lyons Published: August 2020 Publisher: Tor Books Pages: 656 [paperback] Review on Goodreads Big thank you to Pan Macmillan for providing me a copy for review! Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing These stories are just so epic! It took me a little while to get … Continue reading Fuzzy Memories in the Memory of Souls

Magical Fights in Furyborn | Spoiler-Free Review

Furyborn by Claire Legrand Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Author: Claire Legrand Published: April 2018 Publisher: Sourcefire Books Pages: 470 [paperback] Review on Goodreads Initial Thoughts upon Finishing Well that was really rather good. I can't believe how easy that was to read - the pages just flew by! This is a spellbinding story of two … Continue reading Magical Fights in Furyborn | Spoiler-Free Review

Monsters in A Deadly Education | Spoiler-Free Review

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Author: Naomi Novik Published: September 2020 Publisher: Penguin Random House Pages: 336 [paperback] Review on Goodreads Thank you so much to Penguin for sending a copy my way in exchange for an honest review! VERDICT: WORTH IT Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing And you know what?! … Continue reading Monsters in A Deadly Education | Spoiler-Free Review

Sword Fighting in The Emperor of Nihon-Ja | Spoiler-Free Review

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Adventure Author: John Flanagan Published: November 2010 Publisher: Random House Australia Pages: 487 {paperback} Review on Goodreads Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing Ranger's Apprentice never fails to please. I thoroughly enjoyed this story just like I thoroughly enjoyed the previous nine books. I was nervous going … Continue reading Sword Fighting in The Emperor of Nihon-Ja | Spoiler-Free Review

Town Criers in Books: Do We Need Them?

I think this is a great question, DO we need town criers in our epic fantasies? Because I say this not in the sense of should we get rid of them, but should be ADD them? When was the last time you read a story that featured a town crier? SEE. I can't remember for … Continue reading Town Criers in Books: Do We Need Them?