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Review: “The Gossamer Mage,” Julie E. Czerneda

Pros: Fabulous worldbuilding and characters! Cons: Some confusion; a few things didn’t quite add up Rating: 4 out of 5 Julie E. Czerneda’s The Gossamer Mage is an absolutely beautiful dark fantasy tale. Tananen is the only place in the

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Review: “Minor Mage,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Funny, poignant, and engaging! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher writes marvelous fantasy stories with a fairy-tale feel to them. In the novella Minor Mage, twelve-year-old Oliver is a very minor mage indeed. He only knows

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Review: “The Grand Dark,” Richard Kadrey

Pros: Incredibly engrossing! Cons: A little slow at first Rating: 5 out of 5 Richard Kadrey’s The Grand Dark introduces us to Largo Moorden, a bike courier in the post-war city of Lower Proszawa. He and his girlfriend Remy, an

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Review: “The Shadowed Sun,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Such delightful characters and plot! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Shadowed Sun (The Dreamblood) is the second book in The Dreamblood Duology. And frankly, I can’t stop giving 5-star ratings to all of these

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Review: “The Killing Moon,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: What a marvel of worldbuilding! Cons: Mildly confusing at first Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon is the first book in The Dreamblood Duology. Ehiru is a priest of Hananja, a Gatherer, who collects the

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Review: “Middlegame,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: Stunning, maddening alchemical tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The premise of Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame didn’t immediately call out to me, but I figured it’s a Seanan McGuire book, so it would certainly not be a waste

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Review: “The Stone Sky,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Fantastic plot, characters, and worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, Book 3) is a stunning conclusion to the trilogy. Essun is starting to turn to stone, and using her

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Review: “The Obelisk Gate,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Stunning epic fantasy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, Book 2) is riveting. Alabaster, who is slowly turning to stone, is trying to teach Essun how to use the Obelisks

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Review: “The Fifth Season,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Stunning epic fantasy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I picked up N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) because her The Inheritance Trilogy left a deep and lasting impression on me. I couldn’t wait to read

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Review: “The Awakened Kingdom,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Delightful! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s fantasy novella The Awakened Kingdom (Inheritance Book 4) is a three-hundred-years-later follow-on to the three books of the Inheritance Trilogy. The Three have finally created a new godling to

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