Genre: Fantasy

THE QUEEN OF SWORDS by R.S. Belcher – Review

THE QUEEN OF SWORDS by R.S. Belcher – Review
Posted July 27, 2017 by Tammy in / 23 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Belcher is in high form with this epic adventure tale that spans generations, a story that puts its female characters front and center. Stand back, men! It’s always a pleasure to read a new R.S. Belcher story, and it’s even more exciting when that story is set in one of my favorite universes, […]

DEVIL’S CALL by J. Danielle Dorn – Review

DEVIL’S CALL by J. Danielle Dorn – Review
Posted July 18, 2017 by Tammy in / 12 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A bleak and violent story, made beautiful by exquisite writing and an irresistible female voice. I hope you grow up to be a wild one, that you learn to spit and curse and shoot a gun. This country is not kind to soft women. This book came out of nowhere, but when fellow […]

THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman – Review

THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman – Review
Posted July 17, 2017 by Tammy in / 11 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Just as magical the second time around, this award-winning classic fantasy tale is a must read for ALL fans of the genre. “The men of this town gave me spirits and let me drink till I was asleep, and then they took my armor away from me. If I knew where they keep […]

LOST BOY by Christina Henry – Review

LOST BOY by Christina Henry – Review
Posted July 10, 2017 by Tammy in / 22 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A dark retelling of Peter Pan, steeped in loss and heartbreak, with thrilling action and lots of surprises. We were still children, for all that we thought we weren’t. We were in that in-between place, the twilight between childish things and grown-up things. Childhood still held out a friendly hand to us, if […]

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire – Review

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire – Review
Posted June 13, 2017 by Tammy in / 22 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Like all the best fairy tales, this story is both magical and foreboding, a cautionary tale of the pitfalls of gender stereotyping, told as only Seanan McGuire can. Just as she did in Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire captures a mood of nostalgia and sadness in her follow-up, Down Among the Sticks […]

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor – Review

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor – Review
Posted April 17, 2017 by Tammy in / 21 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Magical and unique, this story takes the idea of dreams and nightmares to new heights, told in Laini Taylor’s trademark lilting prose. It’s always hard for me to squeeze non-review books into my reading schedule, so I was thrilled when a publicist offered me a copy of Strange the Dreamer, even though it […]

KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames – Review

KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames – Review
Posted March 27, 2017 by Tammy in / 17 Comments

The nitty-gritty:  Clever, exciting, irreverent, hysterically funny and surprisingly emotional, Kings of the Wyld is a must-read for EVERYONE. “Castia needs fighters!” [Gabe] shouted above the thunder of stamping feet. “It needs great and glorious bands!” he yelled over the percussive crash of sword and shield. “Castia needs heroes!” he roared, and they roared back […]

MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey – Review

MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey – Review
Posted February 13, 2017 by Tammy in / 26 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A lushly written retelling of The Tempest, filled with emotion and complex characters. I gather flowers from the gardens and the fields, and put them on Miranda’s window-ledge when she is not there. I love you, the flowers say. Ariel, that Ariel, does frown at the flowers, but Master has said nothing to […]

THE SPECKLED GOD by Marc Joan – Review

THE SPECKLED GOD by Marc Joan – Review
Posted February 6, 2017 by Tammy in / 18 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A short but foreboding story about the reincarnation of gods, and one unlucky man who finds himself in the middle of it all. I’ve come to appreciate solid writing and storytelling from the folks at Unsung Stories, and so I was excited to accept The Speckled God for review, which turned out to […]