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The Bitter Fruit of War – Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis

Necessary Evil is one of those final books in a trilogy (the alternative history fantasy Milkweed Triptych) that is impossible to talk about without badly, badly spoiling the prior two books.  So if you haven’t read Bitter Seeds and The … Continue reading

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The Bitter Fruit of War – The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis

The Coldest War is book 2 in alternate history series The Milkweed Triptych, and the sequel to Bitter Seeds.  If you’ve come here to decide whether to read Bitter Seeds—do it!—I’ll still be here when you get back.  If you’ve … Continue reading

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The Bitter Fruit of War – Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis

British sorcerers versus German supermen in an alternate history WWII: what’s not to love?  Actually, the premise left me nonplussed initially.  Sorcerers v. supermen seems a little like grist for post-role-playing discussions turned story premise for nothing more than the … Continue reading

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Review of The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Buehlman had me at “stag-sized battle ravens.”  That alone was enough to make me jump at an ARC of The Blacktongue Thief when offered one by the publisher.  And we do indeed get a giant warbird (if not quite so … Continue reading

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Oathbringer Continues to Build on a Structurally Remarkable Series

This is it.  The review that I’ve been scheduling and cancelling in turn for three months.  I will keep this short, because if you have been looking for Oathbringer review, surely you have found one or…1,998 reviews to read first. … Continue reading

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Six-Gun Tarot is a First Rate Genre-Bender

R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot is a great novel hampered by a classic first novel problem—it is too ambitious and tries to do far too much.  For a single novel checking in at under 400 pages, Belcher draws in elements … Continue reading

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Brandon Sanderson Sets Up Oathbringer With Edgedancer

I picked up four books to read in anticipation of Oathbringer: the Mistborn trilogy and Edgedancer.  As I mentioned in my reviews of the Mistborn books, that trilogy isn’t very closely tied to the Stormlight Archive (but it is also … Continue reading

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The Hero of the Ages Caps Brandon Sanderson’s Best Series

Brandon Sanderson completes the series that put him on the map with The Hero of the Ages, book 3 in his Mistborn trilogy.  To my mind, the Mistborn trilogy represents Sanderson’s best work, exceeding his more ambitious efforts in The … Continue reading

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Bennis Brings the Blood & Thunder from Above in By Fire Above

Bennis wrote one of my favorite books last year with The Guns Above.  By Fire Above may not quite reach those same lofty heights, but it is one hell of a sequel.  As before, By Fire Above is one equal … Continue reading

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The Mistborn Trilogy Takes a Dark Turn with The Well of Ascension

Book 1 of the Mistborn series asks what happens when the dark lord wins.  Book 2 asks what happens when he is defeated.  The Well of Ascension is not an easy book to review without giving a lot of spoilers.  … Continue reading

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