‘The October Man’ Review: Urban Fantasy Meets Mystery

The October Man is an entertaining detective story with a side of urban fantasy, following a German cop with magic abilities as he attempts to solve a murder case in rural Germany. It’s a quick read that follows a well-drawn trail, evenly pacing discoveries amidst some surprising fantasy elements. I’m newer to urban fantasy so…

Previewing “Blood of an Exile”

I had the chance to preview Blood of an Exile, out this August, and it looks to be an exciting adventure into a new fantasy kingdom where dragons are aplenty and exiled men are indentured to slay them until they meet an untimely demise. There’s an interesting dynamic across the kingdom in relation to the…

‘Dark Shores’ Review: Opposites At Play Amidst a Compelling World

Dark Shores delivers a wonderfully complex world fueled by political power struggles, seafaring traders, and a bevy of mysteries many are eager to uncover. We see the wonders of a world filled with hidden worlds and embodied gods living alongside a harsh, war driven society reminiscent of Ancient Rome. Beliefs clash, ambitions threaten to drown…

‘Westside’ Review: The Best Kind of Fantasy Novel

Westside matches mystery with fantasy, coalescing to form a brilliant setting that showcases the author’s strong imagination. I loved everything about this book, from the characters to the witty exchanges between random characters to the many nooks and crannies of this fascinating place. It’s a true joy to imagine our protagonist’s surroundings, reminiscent of a…

‘Middlegame’ Review: A Dark Fantasy Thrill Ride

Middlegame is the kind of all-encompassing fantasy novel that draws you in from the start, filling your senses with magic and haunting visuals. It’s dark fantasy to the core, giving us a set of characters whose evil purposes mesmerize. This world of alchemy doesn’t waste time on the pretty bits of magic, focusing instead on…

‘Amnesty’ Review: An Intriguing Look at What Comes After a War

Amnesty is a smart mix of family drama and political prowess, detailing a world where past wars are still present in the dilapidated halls of bygone mansions. The storytelling feels old school in the best way, reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh and the early twentieth century novel. It’s a character piece at its heart, showing us…

‘Smoke & Summons’ Review: A Brilliant Story Filled with Dark Magic

Smoke & Summons is a brilliant fantasy novel featuring strong worldbuilding, terrifying magic, and a protagonist with breathtaking power. The writing is superb, never faltering as we follow Sandis on her arduous journey to freedom. The most powerful part of the book is Sandis’ character evolution. Her experiences are enough to defeat the strongest of…