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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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Why You Need to Read: “In An Absent Dream”

Wayward Children, #4: In An Absent Dream By: Seanan McGuire Published: January 8, 2019 Genre: Fantasy             This, then, was Katherine Victoria Lundy: pretty and patient and practical. Not lonely, because she had never really considered any way of being other than alone. Not gregarious, nor sullen, but somewhere in the middle, happy to speak when spoken to,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “In An Absent Dream”

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Why You Need to Read: “Down Among the Sticks and Bones”

Wayward Children, #2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones By: Seanan McGuire Published: June 13, 2017 Genre: Fantasy *Winner of: ALA Alex Award 2018, ALA RUSA Fantasy Award 2018             It did not occur to Jill that Jack’s avoidance, like her own, had been born purely of parental desire and never of a sincere wanting. Their parents… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Down Among the Sticks and Bones”

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “Æsahættr”

            The season finale for Season Two opens with the witches talking about the attack from the Specters. Will and Lyra are with the witches as they all agree that they should leave Cittàgazze right after they find Will’s father. Meanwhile, Ruta Skadi overhears a group of creatures talking about the army Lord Asriel is building… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “Æsahættr”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Wolf of Oren-Yaro”

Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, #1: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro By: K.S. Villoso                                                                                             Audiobook: 14 hours Published: February 18, 2020                                                          Narrated by: Catherine Ho Genre: Fantasy             I was Talyien aren dar Orenar, queen of Jin-Sayeng, daughter of Warlord Yeshin, wife of Rayyel Ikessar, and mother of Thanh. I did not just dream these things—I had a life before… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Wolf of Oren-Yaro”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Obelisk Gate”

The Broken Earth 2: The Obelisk Gate By: N.K. Jemisin Published: August 16, 2016 Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian *Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2017*             “We’re going somewhere you can be better,” he says gently. “Somewhere I heard of, where they can help you.” Make her a little girl again, and not…He turns… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Obelisk Gate”

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Why You Need to Read: “Realm of Ash”

The Books of Ambha: #2: Realm of Ash By: Tasha Suri Published: November 12, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Coming-of-Age NOTE: Some minor spoilers from Empire of Sand. You have been warned.              “My blood—my Amrithi blood in this loyal Ambhan body—is part of the curse. But it’s also part of the cure. I just don’t know how. But the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Realm of Ash”

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Why You Need to Read: “Daughter from the Dark”

Daughter from the Dark By: Marina and Sergey Dyachenko Published: 2006 in Russian; February 11, 2020 in English Translated by: Julia Meitov Hersey Genre: Metaphysical/Speculative Fiction/Psychological             Aspirin had to admit—he was his own worst enemy. He’d brought it on himself: the first time when he did not leave the girl alone where she was, and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Daughter from the Dark”

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Why You Need to Read: “A Queen in Hiding”

The Nine Realms #1: A Queen in Hiding By: Sarah Kozloff Published: January 21, 2020 Genre: Fantasy/Coming-of-Age/Military Fantasy             Though dusty sits the Nargis Throne             While tyrants befoul and bluster;             Though citizens do their yoke bemoan,             And the Fountain’s lost its luster:             Someday the drought shall be broken,             And the wondrous Waters course clean,             One dawn the words… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “A Queen in Hiding”

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials: Betrayal”

The season finale of Season One begins with both Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel—Lyra’s parents—preparing for what they’ve been planning for since the first episode. The former is planning to kill Lord Asriel under the orders of the Magisterium, and the latter is planning something that involves the aurora—a.k.a. the northern lights—and this involves his… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials: Betrayal”