Review: Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Full disclosure, the author sent me a copy of this for review and I also read the audio book copy that I bought myself so this review covers both. Can I just say, I know we’re all suckers for gorgeous covers and that the surface level ‘judging a book by its cover’ is something we…

Review: Priest of Bones by Peter Mclean

***Content warnings for war, death, gore, murder, rape (off and on page), PTSD, child abuse, homophobia, genital mutilation, sexual abuse, substance and alcohol abuse, plague, death of a parent and torture*** Something that’s becoming more and more obivous about my taste is that I will always root for a morally grey, messy character. I don’t…

Review: The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

***Trigger warning for colonialism, sexism, grief, death of a spouse, mention of child loss and kidnapping*** Possible spoilers for the first book. We’re back with Lady Trent! High society, dragons, a scandal and a new trip! I decided after a reread of A Natural History of Dragons that I wanted to continue the series. This…

Review: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

***Trigger warnings for sexual assault, discussions of miscarriage, war, police brutality and famine.*** There’s something almost transcendent about Ursula K. Le Guin’s books. I spent my summer last year making my way through the Earthsea quartet, reviewing them all here on the blog and it was honestly such an eye opening experience going through such…

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

****Trigger warnings for torture, kidnapping, master/slave romance, slavery, bloodletting, beating, death and more listed here as well for the series**** I’ve mentioned before how my reading taste has changed over the years. Given, like many readers, my gateway back to reading was through YA fiction. The landscape of YA has changed dramatically over the years,…

Review: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

I met Garth Nix at Octocon, the Irish scifi convention, in 2018. Coincidentally I met one of my good friends in the queue for he and Sean Williams’ (their books will come) signing. At that particular event I also got to drink champagne with him while talking about dogs. The relevance this has to my…

Review: Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

I recently put out a Tweet asking the wonderful hive to give me science fiction recommendations. I know I have mentioned endlessly how many books are sitting on my TBR but since this year I seem to be leaning heavily on the SF part of SFF, I felt the need to build up a list….