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Why You Need to Read: “The House of Always”

A Chorus of Dragons, #4: The House of Always By: Jenn Lyons                                                                        Published: May 11, 2021                                                         Genre: Fantasy                                                                                              Thank you Tor for sending me an eARC of this book. I listened to excerpts of the audiobook, too. Note: There are a few spoilers from the first three books in A Chorus of Dragons series.              After I have my… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The House of Always”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Light of the Midnight Stars”

The Light of the Midnight Stars By: Rena Rossner Published: April 13, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy/Folklore             There are tales of red-haired mountain men and women who could work miracles, of a people who could trace their lineage all the way back to the great King Solomon himself. Tales of a people who kept to themselves,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Light of the Midnight Stars”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Empire of Gold”

The Daevabad Trilogy, #3: The Empire of Gold By: S.A. Chakraborty  Published: June 30, 2020 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction             Daevabad, in all its glory and infamy. The mighty brass walls embellished with the facades of its founders, her ancestors. The crush of ziggurats and minarets, temples and stupas; the dizzying array of clashing architecture and eras—each… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Empire of Gold”

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Why You Need to Read: “Tower of Mud and Straw”

Tower of Mud and Straw By: Yaroslav Barsukov Published: February 21, 2021 Genre: Fantasy             The tower took the length of the world—only it was an alien world, replicating itself over and over as it climbed to a distinct, ghostly gap into the clouds. Or did he stare down a well? (Part I. The Duchy. 5).             Critics have an… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Tower of Mud and Straw”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Memory of Souls”

A Chorus of Dragons, #3: The Memory of Souls By: Jenn Lyons Published: August 25, 2020 Genre: Fantasy Thank you Tor Books for sending me an eARC of this book! And, thank you for your patience on waiting for my review. Note: There are a few spoilers from the first two books in A Chorus of Dragons series.              “The… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Memory of Souls”

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Cave”

This episode opens up with Lyra crossing over into another world—our world—to learn more about Dust and about the similarities between her Oxford and Will’s Oxford. Unfortunately, Lyra has to learn how to adapt to this “new” world as she experiences technology—the scene with the car is straight from the books—and people without daemons, poor… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Cave”

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Why You Need to Read: “Harrow the Ninth”

The Locked Tomb, #2: Harrow the Ninth By Tamsyn Muir                                                                    Audiobook 19 hours and 51 minutes Published: August 4, 2020                                                      Narrated by: Moira Quirk Genre: Horror/Gothic/Dark Fantasy             The Reverend Daughter Harrowhark Nonagesimus ought to have been the 311th Reverend Mother of her line. She was the eighty-seventh “Nona” of her House; she was the first Harrowhark. She was… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Harrow the Ninth”

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Why You Need to Read: “Uprooted”

Uprooted By: Naomi Novik Published: May 19, 2015 Genre: Fantasy/Fractured Fairy Tale or Fairy Tale Retelling/Coming-of-Age Story             The Dragon didn’t always take the prettiest girl, but he always took the most special one, somehow: if there was one girl who was far and away the prettiest, or the most bright, or the best dancer, or… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Uprooted”

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Why You Need to Read: “City of Lies”

Poison Wars, #1: City of Lies By: Sam Hawke                                                                      Audiobook: 18 hours 16 minutes Published: July 3, 2018                                                          Narrated by: Rosa Coduri, Dan Genre: Fantasy                                                                                                         Morgan                         I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me, (1: Jovan).             “The Land Down Under,” is also known as the continent, Australia. Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania make up the region… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “City of Lies”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Girl in the Tower”

Winternight Trilogy, #2: The Girl in the Tower By: Katherine Arden Published: December 5, 2017 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Folklore/Magic Realism/Coming-of-Age             Highborn women, who must live and die in towers, were much given to visiting. Now and again, they stayed overnight for company, when their husbands were away, (1: The Death of the Snow-Maiden).             Folklore maintains traditions and cultures that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Girl in the Tower”