Tag Archives: Historical Fantasy

Review of Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Beth Cato’s debut The Clockwork Dagger showed promise.  Its sequel The Clockwork Crown showed improvement.  With Breath of Earth, a steampunk epic fantasy set in a Japanese-dominated alternate 1906 San Francisco, Cato shows she can tell a story with the … Continue reading

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Review of Wolfsangel by M.D. Lachlan

M.D. Lachlan is one of several pen names of Mark Barrowcliffe. He just published a book stateside under another pen name, Mark Alder. I reviewed that book, Son of the Morning, last week. Wolfsangel is a darkly poetic re-imagining of … Continue reading

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Review of Son of the Morning by Mark Alder

Son of the Morning is sacrilegious.  Like really sacrilegious.  The first clue should probably be the description, or the title if you’re really savvy.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  But unfortunately Son of the Morning is held down … Continue reading

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Review of The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston

Historian Michael Livingston was previously best known in fandom for speaking on panels at JordanCon. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that Livingston riffs off of Robert Jordan’s all-the-myths-are-true shtick in his debut novel The Shards of Heaven. Here, though, the … Continue reading

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Review of The Bastard Executioner Pilot

A grimdark fantasy television series from the creator of Sons of Anarchy? Has someone checked on Joe Abercrombie to make sure he hasn’t exploded from gleeful anticipation? My thoughts and initial reaction are somewhat mixed, but I really want it … Continue reading

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Review of Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Yesterday in my review of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, I talked about two big trends in fantasy: Silk Road Fantasy and Mannerpunk/Flintlock Fantasy. Twelve Kings is an excellent example of the former. Sorcerer to the Crown is an excellent example … Continue reading

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Review of The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

It starts with a Fall. Isabelle cast down from Heaven, wings shattered, doomed to walk Earth until her death centuries later. Or much, much sooner, if the gang members seeking to dismember the Fallen for parts (for their magical essence, … Continue reading

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