‘Titanshade’ Review: Fantasy Meets Mystery Meets Science Fiction

Titanshade is a brilliantly wound novel that pairs a hard-hitting detective with a slew of murders amidst a shady city. There’s danger and intrigue aplenty, mixed with the intensity of a high caliber police drama. Nobody is who they seem to be and as the murders continue to pile up, the stakes become that much…

‘The Bayern Agenda’ Review: The Thrill of Spies in Space

The Bayern Agenda is an expertly written combination of science fiction and espionage thriller, filled with well-drawn characters and a story you won’t be able to stop reading. You’ll find all of the intrigue of a cold war spy novel, set amidst a galaxy on the brink of another massive war. Moren deserves high praise…

‘Famous Men Who Never Lived’ Review: Coping With a New Reality

Famous Men Who Never Lived is a strikingly unique tale of alternate realities and the struggle to cope with losing your ties to the place you call home. It’s a character piece filled with emotional depth that rings true on every page. Chess has shown us the human side of technological advancement and how a…

‘Malaterre’ Book Review: The Frivolous Journey of a Lost Man

Malaterre is the story of a man for whom nothing is ever enough, a man who holds onto a family past that never again comes to fruition. Above all, it’s the story of a family torn apart by a man’s false ambitions and his race for a success he is incapable of sustaining. The graphic…

Gates of Stone: Devious Plots Amidst a World at War

Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands.  Some spoilers ahead, so beware! We follow three characters…

Review: Highlighting A Woman’s Epic Journey Within ‘Submerged’

Submerged features a strong protagonist struggling with her past, attempting to come to terms with all she has lost. It’s an epic journey that feels like a dream, featuring strong writing and a compelling art style. It was exciting to see a lesbian Latina woman in the lead role. She’s an extremely complex character and…

Previewing ‘The Monster Baru Cormorant’

I previewed The Monster Baru Cormorant by reading the first four chapters. I realize I’m about five months late previewing a book published in October, but here were are. It’s a powerful book, but it’s not for a newbie who doesn’t know anything about the main character or the backstory. I missed out entirely by…

There Before the Chaos: Political Sci-Fi At Its Best

There Before the Chaos epitomizes the space opera genre, weaving a complex universe with a powerful protagonist and a story that utilizes political intrigue, space travel, and a strong history. The novel is an extension of an existing universe, but it stands mightily on its own. Wagers is an expert at dialogue and discourse, taking you…

Bloody Rose: Monsters, Mayhem & Rockstars

Bloody Rose is the most fun I’ve had all year. It’s a great equation. Take a well-done fantasy novel filled with monsters, battles, and arena brawls, add in a band of rock star warriors that are worshipped throughout the land and you’ve got Bloody Rose. Everyone from the group brings something different to the table, whether…

The Winter Road: Epic Hero in a Harsh World

The Winter Road is an emotionally-charged, epic journey featuring one of the strongest heroines you’ll come across. Teyr is powerful beyond measure, channeling her rage into action, often for the greater good. The writing is superb, switching between past and present, illustrating how she became the person she is and what drives her forward. Coupled with…