Quick Review: “The Magicians: Alice’s Story”

The Magicians: Alice’s Story, a new graphic novel set in the Magicians world, is marvelously entertaining from start to finish. The settings are breathtaking to behold, complete with a hidden magical university and an alternate world straight out of a children’s book that’s filled with marvelous creatures both good and evil. Our protagonist, Alice, begins…

‘Dragonslayer’ Review: An Unlikely Hero In a Magic-Filled World

Dragonslayer reveals a kingdom waking from a long slumber free of magic and dragons. When a forgotten foe emerges from his cavern, it’s up to the most unlikely of heroes to save the day. What ensues is the oftentimes hilarious story of a knight well past his prime and his attempts to regain some of…

Quick Review: An Illusion of Thieves, by Cate Glass

An Illusion of Thieves is the kind of fantasy novel that immediately bonds you with a badass central character whose intelligence and wit overcomes the many obstacles thrown into her path. Romy is a courtesan for a wealthy noble, trained to be an expert in all things. She’s worldly-wise in a place where most don’t…

‘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…

‘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…

‘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. Smoke & Summons By Charlie N. Holmberg 47North The most powerful part of the book is Sandis’ character evolution. Her…

‘Ghosts of Gotham’ Review: Fantasy-Mystery At Its Finest

Ghosts of Gotham is a mystery that’s impossible to put down from the first sentence. I was immediately entranced by this book, from the characters with extremely dark backgrounds to the story that is so multilayered you’ll never see the next big reveal coming. It’s a cross-genre gem, to be sure, living up to the…