The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state Holly Black wasn’t really on my to read list at the start of May, and that list is longer than a conger. It does also tend to contain most authors with a certain level of popularity after a while; if nothing else, I am curious. Still, […]

Last Act in Palmyra by Lindsey Davis

It’s good to have a pattern when writing. With the Falco series, Lindsey Davis tended to interchange Rome based and travel based books. Last Act in Palmyra is set out in the Middle East, mostly in what is now modern Syria/Jordan/Israel but then the Decapolis; ten Greek cities in the Levant. Why is Falco there? […]

Posideon’s Gold by Lindsey Davis

There are two ways to rereading a series of old favourites. There’s getting really obsessed with the nitty-gritty of how it all hangs together, often to its detriment. And there’s just relaxing into it like it’s a bath of hot chocolate. I’ve done the former a bit too often with Lindsey Davis’ Falco series, but […]

Disappearance of a Scribe by Dana Stabenow

(large plot shape spoiler) Every review is in some ways a story of encountering a book. In some cases, as with Dana Stabenow’s Disappearance of a Scribe, it’s actually quite a long one. A friend mentioned this book a few months ago as they were reviewing it. Me, a sucker for ancient murder mysteries, came […]

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett

People love Good Omens. There’s an adaptation, which is a good sign of being loved, with a follow up series. They love its humour, what it has to say about humanity and the supernatural, its many homages and brilliantly daft ideas. It helps too that it’s written by two particularly loved authors in Gaiman and […]

All the Seas in the World by Guy Gavriel Kay

It’s a reckless reviewer that ploughs right into the review without a moment for reflection. Yet having finished Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest, All the Seas in the World, only a few scant hours ago, I find no other path forwards as sensible as recklessness. I can no more separate this tale of seafarers and vengeance […]

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

I feel that in the name of full disclosure, I should reveal that to me Rule of Wolves is not the epic ending of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse series, the culmination of seven books of emotion and wondering, but simply book two in a duology with King of Scars. I loved that book. Really did. Unfortunately, […]