Kindred by Octavia Butler

This book is labelled as science fiction but it’s not really. Yes there is time travel but it is only there for plot device, it is not explained and isn’t explored really at all, just taken as a fact from the characters. What this book is really is an exploration of slavery in America in …

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

In some ways I like this even more than the Vampire Lestat. It is a direct sequel to that book as it ended on a cliffhanger. For the first time we have multiple POV’s which is great, though it is still Lestat ‘writing’ the book. We have Daniel, the boy from Interview with the Vampire. …

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

This is the story of Lestat, Louis’ maker from Interview with the Vampire, and much like that, it is basically a fictional autobiography of his life up to the events of that novel, with the end covering that time and up to the present day. However the scope of this novel is much more grand. …

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Great book. This is the story of Louis, and mostly concerns his life in New Orleans with Lestat, the vampire that made him, and their ‘daughter’ Claudia. The second part of the narrative is set in Europe. If ever a book could be described as gothic, this is it. Set primarily in the eighteenth and …

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

This was a brilliant book, it combined what I liked best from the first two books. I won’t go into too much detail about plot, it being the third and final volume but lets just say it starts with a bang and shock, mellows out a bit and regroups, brings us to an end and …

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

For some reason I’m finding this one very hard to review. I did enjoy it, though maybe not quite as much as the first one. It has the same magical feel to it but it is a very different beast. Honestly in the first book not a lot happened, it was very low key, almost …

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is a very atmospheric book. Set during the fourteenth century ( I think) in Russia it is based on Russian fairytales and this is obvious from the start. Our main POV is Vasya, the second daughter of a very rural lord and her struggles with the old supernatural world and also the fate of …

The War in the Dark by Nick Setchfield

Think James Bond meets The Da Vinci Code meets Urban Fantasy and then you have this book. It actually sounds pretty cool but I did not find the execution matched the ideas. I had no sympathy for the character, perhaps that was intentional as he’s a British secret services assassin with a complicated background as …

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

So we start off pretty much where we left off in the previous book, with Lawrence and Temeraire ready to depart back to England. A very convenient fire followed by a letter sets the scene with our protagonists having to travel back overland through China, the Middle East, Turkey and then Austria and Germany (Prussia) …

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