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Review: “The Halfblood War,” L. Deni Colter

Pros: World-building, characters Cons: A few small slips Rating: 4.5 out of 5 L. Deni Colter’s The Halfblood War reminded me of how much I can enjoy fantasy. I think there was a period during my formative years when a

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Review: “Selected Stories: Fantasy,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Delightful stories Cons: Some variability Rating: 4 out of 5 I picked up Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Fantasy in an ‘epic fantasy’ story bundle, so I was surprised to find that most of these stories would have fit

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Epic Fantasy Storybundle

I’m so addicted to these storybundles. This time it’s an epic fantasy storybundle. Yeah, I know I’m getting it!

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Review: “A Country of Ghosts,” Margaret Killjoy

Pros: Excellent work on characters and setting Cons: Pacing; unrealistically idealistic for me Rating: 3 out of 5 Margaret Killjoy’s A Country of Ghosts follows a journalist named Dimos Horacki as he’s embedded at the front of a war. The

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Review: “Ironhand,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Fascinating army; interesting plot; good characters Cons: Ends a little quickly Rating: 4 out of 5 Ironhand (Taurin’s Chosen Book 2) is the sequel to Mourning Cloak, which I very much enjoyed due to its highly imaginative and vivid

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Review: “Mourning Cloak,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Beautiful descriptions; fascinating characters; intense imagery Cons: The cities/peoples got a little confusing Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Rabia Gale’s Mourning Cloak (Taurin’s Chosen Book 1) is a short but intense read. Kato Vorsok, who works simply mixing drinks,

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Review: “Toad Words and Other Stories,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Delightful fairy tale variations with a folk tale feel Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s collection Toad Words And Other Stories very much tickled my fancy. I love the folk tale feel her stories give off.

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Review: “Bryony and Roses,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Fantastic version of Beauty and the Beast Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s Bryony And Roses beautifully captures the folk tale feel that she writes so well in other volumes. In this tale, Bryony is a

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Review: “The Raven and the Reindeer,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Wonderful fairy tale-esque story Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Raven and the Reindeer is a glorious version of a Snow Queen fairy tale. Young Gerta and Kay are neighbors who’ve grown up together. Plump

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Review: “Nine Goblins,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: An all-around wonderful story Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s Nine Goblins gives us a world in which goblins–who aren’t so bad, really–are at war with humans and elves. It’s what happens when you keep getting

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