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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This was entertaining enough but I wasn’t mad about it and not sure I’ll continue with the series. Set in Egypt and somewhere in the Middle East during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of Nahri as she unwittingly gets herself involved in the secret world of the Djinn and other fantastical races and …

The Discord of Gods by Jenn Lyons

A good end to the series but it definitely lacked tension. So our protagonists are finally out of lockdown and are on the final mission to stop Relos Var, amongst others. That’s about all I can say without spoilers, this being the fifth and final book of the series. Like book three, this was a …

The House of Always by Jenn Lyons

Another fairly left field direction taken in this book though it had it its moments. Took me an age to get through though it wasn’t wholly the fault of the book. The author mentions that the idea of this was started from before Covid but it certainly encapsulates the experience of being stuck in the …

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

This book upped the ante even more if that is possible. Told in a similar manner to the previous books, it starts with Kihrin and Thurvishar recovering after some major event of which we nothing at the start. The story is then unfolded from the end of the second book until this scene at the …

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

Didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book but it was still a good read. The ‘present’ part of this book is set three days after the events of the first book, however the vast majority is flashbacks from a few years before the events of the first book and gradually overlapping those events …

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Unusual story setup but I enjoyed every minute of this. So this tells the story of Kihrin, the son of a musician in a brothel, who also works part time as a thief. At the start of the book he is in a jail cell and is being forced to recount his story to the …

Lost Acre by Andrew Caldecott

Overall a brilliant read, though slightly let down by the very end. Last book of the series so can’t really go into too much detail. Let’s just say that all the characters have to deal with the consequences of the end of the last book and things get even more weird and mysterious. Most of …

Wyntertide by Andrew Caldecott

In some ways I have even less of an idea of what’s going on, but not in a bad way. A couple of months have passed since the events of the first book. Things appear to have settled back to normal but there are signs that this is more the calm before the storm than …

The Employees by Olga Ravn

This was really not my style of book. The basic premise is that of a series of employee interviews after an incident aboard a spaceship set sometime in the next century. You gradually learn that there are human and humanoid interviews though it can be very difficult to tell the difference in some cases. Honestly …

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

An unusual mix of history and cosmic horror. The premise of this is that during the height of segregation in the American south in the early part of the twentieth century, the Ku Klux Klan are secretly being controlled by monsters called Ku Klux’s who feed on human’s hate and pain. Fighting them are monster …