Category Archives: Fantasy

Patricia A. McKillip – Ombria in Shadow (2002) Review

“In that house who could assume that even fire and water would not conspire?” The main character of this novel is the shadowy city Ombria itself, and the Byzantine dealings of its royal house. But first there is Lydea, mistress … Continue reading

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Patricia A. McKillip – The Changeling Sea (1988) Review

The Changeling Sea is (and I have a feeling that I’ll be saying this about every McKillip novel) a short, dreamlike fairy tale. It is mostly about loss and longing. The 14 year old Peri lives with her mother at … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien – The Fall of Gondolin (2018) Review

There is a special breed of people who have read and loved JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (1977). To them, the title The Fall of Gondolin must ring some bells. After all, the story of Gondolin is present in that mighty … Continue reading

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Robert Jackson Bennett – City of Miracles (2017) Review

City of Miracles is a truly excellent final part in what is an odd, unusual but compelling little series. Each entry has a different protagonist and this time it is the turn of everyone’s favourite northman: Sigrud. Some devastating stuff … Continue reading

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Josiah Bancroft – The Hod King (2019) Review

Also in this series: Senlin Ascends (2013) Arm of the Sphinx (2015) By this point in the series, Thomas Senlin’s search for his kidnapped wife feels increasingly hopeless. He knows where she is, but he can’t just walk up. And, … Continue reading

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Robert Jackson Bennett – City of Blades (2016) Review

Also in this series: City of Stairs (2014) It’s a couple of years later and the bookish but inventive Shara Komayd is now a bigwig in Saypur, and old general Mulaghesh is finally retired, as Shara promised her, to some … Continue reading

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Robert Jackson Bennett – City of Stairs (2014) Review

Also in this series: City of Blades (2016) City of Miracles (2017) City of Stairs is one of those novels where you have to sit down and spend some quality time with it – pour the novel some tea, listen … Continue reading

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