I got two chapters into this book and I knew it was going to be a new favourite. I'm a huge, huge Percy Jackson fan, so I was nervous and excited when I heard this book hyped as Chinese Percy Jackson meets Yugioh. I shouldn't have been nervous, Xiran Jay Zhao writes perfect books and I was wrong to doubt them. ZACHARY YING AND THE DRAGON EMPEROR is my new middle-grade obsession and I need everyone to read this immediately.
This book was everything I ever wanted. I won't pretend I didn't feel extreme trepidation when it came to reading the final instalment in my favourite fantasy series of all time. But I should never have doubted Jenn Lyons. THE DISCORD OF GODS is a perfect conclusion to a spectacular series, and I know that this series is going to be my chunky comfort reads for a long time now.
I absolutely devoured THE CITY OF DUSK in two days, which even I was impressed by considering it's a hell of a chonky book. I've been on a huge adult fantasy kick lately, and when I spotted this one in Waterstones I knew I had to have it. I really loved Tara Sims' SCAVENGE THE STARS series, and everything I heard about this book made me more excited for it. It held up to my hopes, and I already can't wait for the next book in this new series.
I'm a sucker for a Neon Hemlock novella, so when I was offered a review copy of LET THE MOUNTAINS BE MY GRAVE, a queer historical fantasy set in Italy in 1944 as a goddess-blessed partisan fighter seeks vengeance against the Nazis. I loved this book, and it definitely held up to the high quality I expect from these novellas.
I read this book while I was sick with covid and I honestly think this novel has curative powers. I read the entire thing in one sitting and once I was done I wanted to lie down and bask in it for the rest of my life. I hope that this novel and its well-deserved hype prompts a whole genre of cozy, low-stakes fantasy because this is everything I didn't know I was looking for.
I picked up THE MASK OF MIRRORS in a 99p ebook sale because Alex told me that he liked it a lot. I didn't really know much about it, other than that I love Orbit fantasy a lot and I trust Alex's taste. It was kind of a revelation to me how much I enjoyed this book - especially considering that I dnf'd one of the co-author's other books. I really enjoyed the entire premise of this - especially when it went in completely a different direction than I expected.
I'll be honest, the appeal of this one was the pretty purple-y dragon tail on the cover and the use of 'dragon' in the title. I was hoping for lots and lots of dragons. That's not really what I got. This was a disappointment to me, though it wasn't the worst YA fantasy I've ever read.
I read and reviewed This Poison Heart last year, after loving Cinderella is Dead, so when I saw This Wicked Fate appear on Netgalley I knew I had to have it. This is the final part of the This Poison Heart duology and it's a fitting end to this fantastic fantasy series steeped in magic, …
This was a lot more fun than I was expecting, and the Lovecraftian themes were unexpected but delightfully eerie. If you've ever daydreamed about falling into your favourite books, this one might make you think twice about it - things aren't always what they seem in your favourite worlds.
I have, unfortunately, had a few months of disappointing sequels, so when I got sent the absolutely stunning physical ARC of Misrule, I was equal parts excited and scared. I loved Malice the first time I read it, and when I reread it in preparation for Misrule, I loved it even more. And Heather Walter? She knocked it out of the park. This sequel absolutely stuck the landing.