The Silent Patient – Hushed Intensity

Alex Michaelides’ The Silent Patient debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list upon publication in 2019, sending readers down a quickfire page-turning journey. Fueled by an intensely fast-paced narrative, The Silent Patient never lets up, giving psychological thriller fans their next ~300 page obsession. One night, artist Alicia Berenson greets her husband Gabriel after…

Descender Vol. 3: Singularities – Prequel Puzzle Pieces

Hot damn, Descender just cranks up the fun and doesn’t let up. All the while, it tugs gently on your emotions, revealing deceptively impactful tidbits that have ripple effects throughout the series’ vibrant and ruthless space world. Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen return for Volume 3: Singularities, but this time they take many steps back…

Dark Matter – Making It In The Multiverse

Are you happy with your life? Have your choices led you down the right path? How can you ever know what the right path is? Is there some alternate version of you living a life you could only dream of somewhere in the multiverse? In Dark Matter, Blake Crouch packages these questions in a psychological…

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon – A Thrilling Orbit

Earlier this year, I reviewed volume one of Descender, the opening installment of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s sci-fi comic book spacefaring romp...and I loved it. Now, I’m picking up where I left off and diving into Descender: Volume 2: Machine Moon.  Tin Stars ended with a reveal that seismically changed the trajectory of the…

Ariadne – Greekin’ Out

Ariadne flips the legend of Theseus, minotaur-slayer, on its head, focusing instead on the titular Ariadne and her sister, Phaedra. But is this particular odyssey into the well-trodden realm of Greek myth retellings worth the trials ahead? Time to trade in our Dark Horse picks for Dark Pegasus picks and find out, because Jennifer Saint’s…

The Book Rookie – The Gentleman Bastards Sequence

"Nice bird, arsehole." Out of context, that quote is just fun to say. In context, nestled into the pages of Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, it's one of the single funniest lines in any book I've ever read. The Gentleman Bastards series holds countless laughs among its pages, and the story is more fun…

The Two-Faced Queen – Sequel Struggles

Last year, I chose Nick Martell’s The Kingdom of Liars as one of my Dark Horse selections. In fact, it was one of two picks on my list. In my review, I lauded the book’s lightning-quick pace and worldbuilding, hoping it would herald a new fantasy saga to watch. The Two-Faced Queen, Martell’s second installment,…

The Slow Regard Of Silent Things – An Auri Story

Welcome, Rothfuss fans and/or angry mobs, to a review of “Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5,” which is a terrible moniker for this Temerant-set novella. The Slow Regard of Silent Things roots itself in Rothfuss’ imaginative world made famous by The Name of the Wind. But those looking for an extension of Kvothe’s story won’t find it here.…

Double Review: Two Avatar Graphic Novels

Flameo, hotman! As the Quill To Live’s resident Avatar: The Last Airbender superfan, I take my duty to keep up with the latest ATLA releases very seriously. Need proof? You can see my dedication to the universe in my reviews of The Rise of Kyoshi and The Shadow of Kyoshi. Today, I’m here to add…

The Unique Fantasy Appeal Of Survivor

Are you a fantasy die-hard? May I introduce you to Survivor? In 2001, families across America glued their eyeballs to the screen as Survivor revolutionized reality television. 16 Americans hopped off a boat and onto a beach, where a full production crew awaited and Jeff Probst introduced the very first season of the show that…