4/5 stars. Slowly tumble into a chaotic, lush world, childhood fairy tales and nightmares vividly brought to life for adults in this stately and rich fantasy. Meet Agniezka, (ag-NYESH-ka, according to the author’s note) our persistent witch-heroine, the Dragon, a strange and solitary wizard who rules over her valley, and the Wood–a place that quiteContinue reading “Review: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik”
Foreeever ago I wrote about plotting vs. pantsing, and how I’m trying something new with my latest manuscript: pantsing! I promised updates, so here’s the first one. After a long, cold, brutal slog through the wastelands of Where Is This Going and a trek across the bitter mountains of All My Writing Is Just DrivelContinue reading “A Pantsing Update”
4/5 stars I picked up this book with the bald-faced interest of watching the Netflix series, but quickly got hooked. What started out as a fairly typical stock fantasy turned pretty entertaining by the end. Meet Mal and Alina, war orphans both, and journey with them across Ravka, a beautiful but unsubtly Russian-coded land hemmedContinue reading “Review: Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo”
I have a “don’t read spin-offs” rule, but I break it all the time. A really common gripe readers have with spin offs is that “they’re just money grabs.” Here’s the thing: they’re not. The first book in a series almost always does the best in sales, and it usually just goes down from thereContinue reading “On Spin-Offs”
Ah, Winterkeep. Return to the land of Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue, and sail off into a previously unknown corner of this ever-expanding world. Follow a cast of both returning and new characters, including some animal narrators, as they dive deep into a treacherous republic known as Winterkeep.
The Pros and Cons Tropes are everywhere. They’re taking over! Scratch that, they already have taken over. That’s not surprising. Humans like predictable patterns. After all, identifying them was immeasurably helpful in helping us survive that period of our evolution when we had to constantly run away from lions and scavenge for food and whatnot,Continue reading “On Subverting Tropes”
5/5 stars–minor spoilers in this review.
In this world of superheroes and anarchists, some humans known as “prodigies” have come by extraordinary powers. After the Age of Anarchy ended and a group of prodigies who call themselves the Renegades established justice and security in the city of Gatlon, a new villain rose.
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