Silk Fire by ZabĂ© Ellor

By way of introductory remarks, I imagine this review will come as a complete lack of surprise to some. For those not in the know, this book achieved a remarkable level of infamy in some quarters earlier in the year. My decision to read was totally influenced by what was happening at that time. I […]

Spy, Spy Again by Mercedes Lackey

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to say that I am beginning to feel bad at how often I slate Mercedes Lackey’s work, particularly when so much of it is pretty good. Therein lies the problem. I like Valdemar too much not to compete everything, even when I’m having a bad time as with […]

Palace of Kings by Mike Jefferies

By way of introductory remarks, I would like to state I picked up this book knowing it was probably bad. You see, I read Mike Jefferies’ The Road to Underfall long ago and forever remained astonished by just how cheesy it was. Also slightly curious about how the sequels would be. Hence reading book two, […]

The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that I was really looking forwards to reading a book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, an author with a lot of hype, and all the more so for finding a sword & sorcery revival novella. Really, really looking forwards, even after a number of my friends were lukewarm […]

Second Spear by Kerstin Hall

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to remind you that when I read Hall’s first Mkalis book, The Border Keeper, I was both over- and underwhelmed. Yet here I am back with Second Spear, hoping all the good remained good and the lacklustre got shined up. That sort of happened. For those who don’t […]

Waylander 2: In The Realm of the Wolf by David Gemmell

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that In The Realm of the Wolf might be the most metal album worth title I’ve read all year, and reviewing David Gemmell’s Waylander sequel is getting seriously held up by my urge to come up with Maiden-esque worship riffs every time I even think of […]