Tag Archives: High Fantasy

Rat Queens vol. 5 is a disjointed, hot mess

*Sigh*  This graphic novel is a hot mess. The first issue focuses on Orc Dave.  It is interesting and good worldbuilding, but it is also repetitive and tangential.  Why include a flashback at what will be the beginning of a … Continue reading

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Song of Blood & Stone is a Romance-Driven Fantasy with Rough Edges

Song of Blood & Stone caught me off balance.  Mostly I think because I wasn’t expecting the tech level.  I was expecting something more in the usual medieval vein, but Penelope’s secondary world has a level of technology somewhere in … Continue reading

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Rat Queens is always at its best when it’s having fun

The strengths of Rat Queens is the interpersonal dynamics among the group, the dungeon crawls/monster-killing quests, and poking fun at both modern life and D&D murder hobo propensities.  Volume 4 has a lot of that, and it is all enormously … Continue reading

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Review of The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne

The second in a planned trilogy, The Bones of the Earth is an able follow up to Dunne’s grimdark debut.  Dunne continues to build on her strengths.  But if you were frustrated by In the Shadow of the Gods, you … Continue reading

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Review of In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne

In the Shadow of the Gods is well written, remarkably so for a debut novel.  It is also extremely ambitious.  It sometimes fails in that ambition.  But it’s saved from the rather limited action and a somewhat threadbare plot by … Continue reading

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Short Review Roundup – Graphic Novel Edition

The day and a half I spent without power post Hurricane Hermine was an excellent excuse to plow through some graphic novels.  And I did enjoy those I read, but it doesn’t really make sense to write long reviews of … Continue reading

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Review of Of Sand and Malice Made by Brad Beaulieu

Of Sand and Malice Made is not, as I had originally thought and hoped, the sequel to last year’s wonderful Twelve Kings of Sharakhai.  Should you wait, then, until With Blood Upon the Sand comes out in February?  You could, … Continue reading

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