It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today, Thea reviews the third book in the ongoing historical fantasy series the Memoirs of Lady Trent: Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan. This book is grander in scope than the first two, and although suffers from some pacing issues […]
In which we give away copies of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina and companion novel, Shadow Scale Today we are thrilled to be a part of the Shadow Scale Blog Tour, celebrating the release of Rachel Hartman’s long-awaited and highly anticipated sequel to Morris Award winning YA fantasy novel Seraphina. We loved Seraphina (so much so that […]
The results for our February Old School Wednesdays Readalong are in! After 118 votes, the book we will be reading is HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON by Naomi Novik. Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a […]
It’s Friday which means that we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea reviews the second novel in Marie Brennan’s fictional Victorian-ish memoir series, The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir of Lady Trent. Thea enjoyed the first book, although it had its issues (namely imperialistic attitudes and a scarcity of actual dragons) – how did book […]
Title: Handbook for Dragon Slayers Author: Merrie Haskell Genre: Historical Fantasy, Middle Grade Publisher: Harper Collins Publication date: May 28 2013 Hardcover: 336 pages Tilda has never given much thought to dragons, attending instead to her endless duties and wishing herself free of a princess’s responsibilities. When a greedy cousin steals Tilda’s lands, the young […]
Title: Tooth and Claw Author: Jo Walton Genre: Fantasy, Historical Publisher: Tor Fantasy Publication date: First published 2004 Paperback: 336 pages A tale of love, money, and family conflict–among dragons. A family deals with the death of their father. A son goes to court for his inheritance. Another son agonises over his father’s deathbed confession. […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today Thea reviews historical fantasy novel A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. A highly entertaining read along the lines of Amelia Peabody – with dragons – A Natural History is the fictional memoir of Lady Isabella Trent. Overall, Thea enjoyed it… but has some […]
Title: Seraphina Author: Rachel Hartman Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (US) / Doubleday Childrens (UK) Publication Date: July 2012 (US & UK) Hardcover: 480 Pages (US) Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into […]
Title: The King of the Crags Author: Stephen Deas Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Gollancz Publication date: April 2010 Paperback: 384 pages Stand alone or series:Sequel to The Adamantine Palace, second book in a trilogy. Prince Jehal has murdered, poisoned and betrayed his way to the top. There is a new speaker for the realms, his opposition […]
Title: The Dragon Book Author: Edited by Jack dann and Gardner Dozois with stories by Garth Nix, Tad Williams, Jonathan Stroud, Tamora Pierce, Diana Wynne Jones, Sean Williams, Greg Maguire, Kage Baker, Peter S. Beagle, Bruce Coville, Andy Duncan, Samuel Sykes, Diana Gabaldon, Cecilia Holland, Tanith Lee, Naomi Novik, Mary Rosenblum, Harry Turtledove, Adam Stemple, […]
Title: The Adamantine Palace Author: Stephen Deas Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Gollancz Publishing Date: March 19, 2009 Paperback: 384 pages Stand Alone or series: first in a planned trilogy Summary: The Adamantine Palace lies at the centre of an empire that grew out of ashes. Once dragons ruled the world and man was little more than […]
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