The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Maia is youngest son of the Elven emperor, who has spent most of his life banished from the court as his mother was a goblin. When a tragedy occurs to the emperor and his other sons, Maia unexpectedly finds himself the new emperor and has to deal with the ramifications of this, the intrigue of …

The Magic Engineer by L.E. Modesitt Jr

One of my favourite Modesitt books. This is the third book published of the Recluce Saga and is within the central/later timeline as the series covers roughly two thousand years of history. It is a standalone though there is a later companion duology that covers some of the same story from the ‘bad’ guys viewpoint. …

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

An interesting premise but a little superficial in places. Set in the near future, our planet is on the brink of collapse due to climate change. Women are being forced out of the work place due to male backlash and conservative governments. In this environment, our only POV Naomi, her adoptive mother Valerie and three …

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

A very interesting but challenging read. Set over two different timelines, the first in the ‘present day’ which only covers a few days and the other set over a long time. We have two different POV’s, that of Eolo in the present day and that of ‘The Strength and Patience of the Hill’ who is …

Circe by Madeline Miller

So this tells the tale of Circe from her point of view. It starts with her upbringing within the halls of Helios her father and goes through her life up the story of Odysseus and his son Telemachus. The story is interesting with a lot of Greek mythology covered from Prometheus to the Minotaur to …

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 …

Places in the Darkness by Christopher Brookmyre

An interesting premise with certain aspects of it letting it down. Set on a space station where humanity is building the worlds first generational ship, the story is basically a thriller/murder mystery. The space station is advertised as almost a utopia, there’s never been a murder, where everybody is happy to work to help humanity …

The City & the City by China Mieville

A good if somewhat strange book. It’s basically a straight forward detective story apart from its location. It’s set in the twin cities of Beszel and Il Quoma. These are not two cities that sit across a river from each other but rather they co-exist alongside each other in the same geographical location. Some streets …

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

This was one of the best and most messed up books I have ever read. I can’t go into the plot too much as I think it would give too much away but the main character is Carolyn, a librarian who along with her siblings study just one particular field of study out of twelve. …

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

This wasn’t a bad book but it just didn’t interest me too much. There seems to be a lot of this nowadays, re-imagining a classic story from the bad guys perspective. I guess you have a ready made market for your story already in place. This story is all from Jamie’s (Captain Hook’s) POV, from …

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