Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

A tale of corruption and lost cities, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson was his first fantasy novel, and sets the precedent that everything that has followed. The book begins with Arelon’s Crown Prince, Raoden, having woken up and discovered that he has been marked by the Shaod. The Shaod is a mysterious disease that can afflict anyone in the city, causing them to come out in black blotches and to lose their hair. As a result, all those infected with the Shaod are thrown into the city of Elantris, a city…

The Black Wolves

The Black Wolves (The Black Wolves Trilogy #1) Orbit (10 November 2015) Website || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter Some choices can never be undone. The Hundred, once ruled by a tainted religion and demon court, is now a place of prosperity, but treachery still waits in the shadows. Once the captain of the elite Black Wolves, Kellas finds himself standing at a crossroads where he must decide whom to serve and whom to betray. Faithful to the king’s memory but shut out from his legacy, Lady Dannarah fights for…

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REVIEW: Endurance by Jay Lake

Endurance by Jay Lake

*Warning: Contains spoilers for book one* Hoping for some much need improvement from the first book, I decided to persevere and read Endurance by Jay Lake, the second in the Green series. The book begins with Green residing in the mountains with Ilona and her daughter, minor characters who were introduced briefly in book one. In her pregnant state, Green has been hoping to live a quiet life until the birth of her baby, leaving the people of Copper Downs to sort out their own affairs after the introduction of…

A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) Tor Books (10 February 2015) Website || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and…

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REVIEW: Green by Jay Lake

Green by Jay Lake

In the beginning of a new fantasy series, Green by Jay Lake takes a girl out of poverty and turns her into a feisty assassin. The novel begins in retrospect, with Green reflecting on her sale to the merchant, Federo, and her journey to the Pomegranate Court in Copper Downs. This is her earliest memory, being unable to remember anything about her homeland apart from her father, grandmother and their ox, Endurance. She cannot even remember the name she was given, as Federo merely calls her ‘Girl’, and she is…

The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan

I wasn’t sure what to expect when beginning this novel, but The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan makes for a pleasant surprise and combines mystery with a touch of magical flair. The book opens with an introduction to Reve (short for Revelation) and her husband Jeremy, as they prepare for their stage show in Las Vegas. As the amazing magicians, the Maskelynes, this night should be like any other, with the show ending with a disappearing bullet trick. Reve pulls the trigger on her husband, who then…

The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein

A fantasy novel that mixes fairytale and reality, The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein is the story of one man who finds himself involved with a family cursed for generations. Berkeley student, Will Taylor, is introduced to the Feierabend sisters by his best friend, Ben, who is dating Maddie Feierabend. The family are mysterious and successful, blessed with a good luck and posterity that has lasted for generations – their family vineyard even profited during the Prohibition, avoiding prosecution for bootlegging. When introduced to Maddie’s sisters, Livvy and Rose, Will…

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