The Drenai Saga – Part 1/4

Gigantic fantasy series are amazing experiences, but tend to also be gigantic time sinks. As such, each year I pick one large and famous fantasy series to work though for the sake of reading diversity. This year I decided to read David Gemmell’s pivotal Drenai Saga. While reading through this 11 book series, I am…

Saint’s Blood – by de Castell-Who-Keeps-Getting-Better

Saint’s Blood is the third book in The Greatcoats quartet by Sebastien de Castell. I have written about both of his previous two novels, Traitor’s Blade and Knight’s Shadow, and ranked them among some of my all-time favorites. They earned this distinction because they are  two of the funniest books I have ever read featuring…

A Crown For Cold Silver – Trying Too Hard

A Crown for Cold Silver, by Alex Marshell, was difficult to come to a final verdict on. While I was originally drawn in at the start of the book by the interesting characters, funny prose, and world building, I found myself bogged down with creeping problems as the story progressed. Everything that got me excited…

The Black Company – The Grandfather Of Dark Fantasy

Everyone has a book that started them on the magical journey of reading fantasy. In fact, many people have two books; one when they were younger that got them into reading, and one when they were older that made them appreciate fantasy on a much higher level and start to take it seriously. Today, on…

Adding To The Pile – Even Movie Books Have A Place

DISCLAIMER This is a guest post by Sean Burns, filling in for Andrew, due to Andrew being too lazy to get up and write a post himself. Dear reader, I imagine that if you are anything like me, then you love reading books so much that you likely have a large pile of books waiting…

Book Club Discussion: Tigana By Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay, generated by far the most conversation of any book we have read so far. As opposed to previous contested books we have had in book club, Tigana had less of a spectrum of different opinions, and more of a splitting into two camps: people who loved it and people who…

Beyond Redemption – Insanely Interesting

I tend to shy away from anything that self-identifies as “grimdark”. For those that are unfamiliar, grimdark stories often feature an anti-hero, generally unlikable characters, gritty dark writing, and a whole lot of tragedy. Grimdark books often tend to overreach for shock value in their writing and it can be a huge turn off when…

Snakewood – Plot vs. Prose

Thanks to the lovely folks over at Netgalley, I have yet another ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) to talk about this week. Snakewood, by Adrian Selby, is a fantastic vengeance story that takes a spin on the dark mercenaries trope. It follows the story of a mercenary company in retirement as they are slowly assassinated, while…