Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairy tales, and I’ve read countless retellings since I first started reading. Having been wowed recently by Hunted, I really wasn’t sure I had space in my heart for another new retelling so soon, but A Curse So Dark And Lonely surprised me by being so wholly different and original that it was easy to fall in love with it. Continue reading “Review: A Curse So Dark And Lonely”
Witches? School story? Magical beasts? Brave, headstrong girls?
Yup, I was sold on this book instantly – it’s as if it was written for me! Luckily, it did more than just tick plot boxes, it was utterly charming and magical. It’s got a wonderful mix of adventure, friendship, and witchery!
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Seafarer’s Kiss, which was some of the best F/F fantasy I’ve read, so when I saw that there was going to be a sequel, I was very excited! The Navigator’s Touch is an excellent addition to Ragna and Ersel’s story.
The Thorn Queen is a gorgeous MG fantasy that caught my eye while browsing on NetGalley. Just look at that cover! While I was expecting something castle-based and possibly Sleeping Beauty related, what I got was entirely different: an introduction to a really cool magical land, and an action-packed quest with a great heroine!
When Gollancz offered me the chance to review the latest Brandon Sanderson, chances of me turning it down were at 0%. I love his fantasy books, and I love how prolific he is so you’re never waiting too long for the next one… Snapshot is way more sci-fi than fantasy, but it has his trademark awesome world-building and gorgeous plotting, even in only 130 pages!
I’ve been a big fan of Miles Cameron since I met him at a Gollancz event and really enjoyed talking to him about swords and herbs, so when I saw his latest book was up on NetGalley, it was an instant request for me. Cold Iron is a coming-of-age fantasy in the classic style – though it’s got some very clever things to say about life, politics, and swords, it’s not going to impress those who don’t normally read male-authored epic fantasy.
I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a couple of months, having ordered it from the US in order to get it as soon as possible. I’ve been putting off reading it because I was just too scared that it wouldn’t live up to expectations. Numair was my first bookish crush, and I have been desperately anticipating this book since the very first rumours that Tamora Pierce might write it, 15 years ago. I grew up on Pierce’s books, and I’ve just been terrified that this new one might not be the same magical experience…
But I really needn’t have worried. It’s quite simply perfect. Continue reading “Review: Tempests and Slaughter”