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 […]

Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state I’m not really sure what I’m going to say about Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber today. I can tell you a few things. I can tell you it’s a story about a power struggle for an ancient realm of magic across many worlds. I can tell […]

The Pastel City by M John Harrison

By way of introductory remarks, I would like to state that in the days since finishing M John Harrison’s The Pastel City, I have struggled with my feelings as to this book like most people struggle with whether to get a fourth plate at the all you can eat buffet. So much so that I […]

The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that I found out about The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold, one of my favourite authors, by the purest luck which in itself says a lot about this book. You see, among my various interests are historical disaster artists. One good example of the breed […]

A Pale Box on the Distant Shore by PJ Nwosu

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to say that before I got PJ Nwosu’s A Pale Box on the Distant Shore on Netgalley, I only knew this claimed to be a dark fantasy with a murder mystery. That was enough. When it comes to fictional murder, I am a big fan. Dark fantasy is […]

Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans

By way of introductory remarks I’d like to note that Davinia Evans, author of the alchemy meets intrigue meets swashbuckling romp that is Notorious Sorcerer, is a personage with whom I am more than passingly acquainted. She is an egg of the most superior and benevolent nature, if you will forgive the descent into Woosterism. […]