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The Floating Islands: Book Review

The Floating Islands Rachel Neumeier Alfred A. Knopf division of Random House (2011) The Floating Islands may be held aloft by the magic of the air dragons, but their story is held aloft by Neumeier’s lyrical prose and deft storytelling. Newly orphaned Trei comes to the Floating Islands to live …

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book Review

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy N. K. Jemisin Hachette Book Group, Inc (2010) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a tight, closely casted tale despite the scope of its title or the premise from the back cover: Yeine Darr is the daughter of an outcast princess …

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Get Known Before the Book Deal: Book Review

Get Known Before the Book Deal Christina Katz Reader’s Digest Books (2008) While this book is primarily geared toward non-fiction writers, I found it to be quite useful in beginning the process toward building a fantasy fiction platform. Katz has divided each idea or practical step up into a short …

The Gray Wolf Throne: Book Review

The Gray Wolf Throne Seven Realms: Book 3 Cinda Williams Chima Hyperion (2011) I enjoyed this installment of the Seven Realms series very much. The pace was fast and exciting and the nuances of the characters continued to develop in interesting ways. I particularly like the way that Chima is …

The Exiled Queen: Book Review

The Exiled Queen Seven Realms: Book 2 Cinda Chima Williams Hyperion, 2010 The Exiled Queen falls into the “school” or “training” type of fantasy story.  Harry Potter was primarily in that setting – other examples include the section on Roke in A Wizard of Earthsea; Kvothe’s time in the university …

Book Review: The Demon King

The Demon KingThe Seven Realms: Book 1Cinda Williams ChimaHyperion, New York, 2009Chima’s YA fantasy novel was a fun and easy read – great for the bus ride to and from work.  It is the first in the Seven Realms series and does an excellent job of establishing the world of …

The Night Circus and the 2012 Mythopoeic Awards

One of finalests for the 2012 Mythopoeic Awards is The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, 2011).  If you have not had a chance to read this unusual and fascinating book,  I highly recommend it.  While I enjoyed the plot very much – Morgenstern juggles crisscrossing the plot through time, with a deft touch – the elements …

Book Review: The Heir of Night

The Heir of NightThe Wall of Night, Book One Helen LoweEos, 2010 “If Night falls, all fall.” This book is a compelling beginning to an exciting new series.  Lowe has created a richly realized world of great depth, and peoples it with interesting characters.  Her tale begins in a mountain …

Book Review: The Dragon’s Path

The Dragon’s PathThe Dagger and the Coin Book 1 Daniel AbrahamOrbit 2011 “There are two ways to meet the world.  You go out with a blade in your hand or else a purse” (526). The Dragon’s Path is the beginning of an interesting tale.  Following multiple viewpoints through a world …

Book Review: The King of Attolia

The King of Attolia Megan Whalen TurnerEOS/HarperCollins 2007 It is advisable to read Turner’s series from the beginning, starting with The Thief (1998) and then The Queen of Attolia (2001), as her stories are very closely linked.  All three books are good, though I found The King of Attolia the …