Tag Archives: Quarter-Turn Fantasy

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Guardian by A.J. Hartley

One of my more delightful discoveries last year was the Steeplejack series by A.J. Hartley.   A “steeplejack” is a craftsman who repairs chimneys, church steeples, and the like.  In a 19th-century milieu like that of the Steeplejack series, it is … Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Sundry | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Friday Face-Off: Medieval Cover

It’s 4am, another semester is on the books, and I am awake.  Why not crack open a beer and participate in Friday Face-Off?  This week’s theme is: “Those darling bygone times… with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, … Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Sundry | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes

The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes.  It benefits tremendously from a rich, Venetian-inspired setting, a well-crafted plot, and two strong leads. Heiress Amalia is pulled into empire politics when chance (and … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

The Fall of Dragons Ends a Great Fantasy Series with a Bloody, Alien Bang

Is there anything left I can say about The Traitor Son Cycle that I haven’t already said?  After all, I have already posted reviews of the first, second, third, and fourth books, and I posted a pitch for Game of … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy | Tagged , , , , | 13 Comments

The Traitor Son Cycle is the Perfect Hair of the Dog for your Game of Thrones Hangover

Suffering from a Game of Thrones hangover after that shocking season 7 finale?  Theorizing about the final season too bitter a salve when the wait might be well over a year?  Looking for something with knights and magic and dragons … Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Sundry | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Giveaway! And Review of Firebrand by A.J. Hartley

I was all kinds of impressed by Hartley’s Steeplejack. Firebrand improves on it. Hartley is more confident in his story, his setting, and his characters, and it shows. Ang Sutonga is back as a private detective/secret agent for parliamentary backbencher … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Review of Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley

I don’t read much YA. If there is much as good as Steeplejack out there, I need to read a lot more. Steeplejack follows a 17-year-old chimney repairer turned private investigator in a fantasy South Africa. The story following her … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments