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Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Title: Another Little Piece
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 Stars

419 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by HarperTeen
Bought

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Another Little Piece is Kate Karyus Quinn’s debut novel. I read (Don’t You) Forget About Me last year, and it was one of my favourites of 2014. My expectations for Another Little Piece were very high, and I wasn’t disappointed.

They tell her her name is Annaliese. All she remembers is that she woke up five days ago in a shed. They tell her that she has been missing for a year, and there are whispers that she should have been dead. Annaliese tries to find out what has happened in the time leading up to her disappearance, and what happened during the time she was away.

When writing a summary for this book, it all sounds pretty normal. It could have simply been a contemporary novel about a girl that has lived through some pretty traumatic things. What isn’t instantly clear is that Another Little Piece has a kind of creepy magic realism setting. Think cannibalism and human sacrifice. Even though the setting is creepy, I wouldn’t say this book should be categorised as horror. I don’t feel like the intention of the writer is to scare the reader. The most scary scenes in Another Little Piece actually had nothing to do with the supernatural or gore – they were the ones about human evil, about rape and abuse. Ms Quinn really doesn’t keep anything from the reader, and the book is brutally honest.

The story is told through a combination of running narration, dreams, memories, and poems. Usually I’m not a fan of dream sequences because they tend to be too confusing and too crazy, so I liked that in Another Little Piece the dreams are kept short and sensible. I’ve read some complaints that the dreams contained too much plot, but honestly, I was glad for that. And it’s not all that far-fetched. I have dreamt entire book plots in the past; it’s not like every dream is messed up and jumbled. Some of them can seem incredibly credible.

I don’t want to say much about the magical aspect of the book, because that would spoil all the fun. I can only tell you that it’s weird, and it’s gross, and it puts our main character for an impossible dilemma.

If Another Little Piece is to be compared with Stephen King, it should be compared with Lisey’s Story and not The Shining. It deals with themes like identity, conciousness, and as aforementioned, rape and abuse. It has a sweet though slightly dysfunctional romance to lighten the mood. Though Another Little Piece didn’t pack the same emotional punch (Don’t You) Forget About Me did, it’s a great read and a fantastic debut.

Blurb

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

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Reading Is Like Falling In Love (And Sometimes You Fall Out of Love Again)

A recent reading adventure got me thinking – being a book lover is quite similar to being a lover in general. The book that sparked this thought was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, a novel that had all the hype going for it. Behold, a budding love between a reader and a book.

Phase one: Attraction

You’ll catch a glimpse of in a book store. Just a tiny hint of beautiful cover, the perfect curve of spine. The sight of it makes your heart beat faster. You’ll think about it on the way home. Late at night, you’ll browse Amazon, to learn more. It sounds perfect. You need to have it.

Phase two: Falling in love

The wait is excruciating, but then, at last, a carton box arrives on your doorstep. You can’t open it quickly enough, hands shaking in anticipation. You have it in your hands, and it’s even more beautiful than you remember. Your relationship develops quickly – rights page, title, acknowledgements, and then.. oh my. The words on the page seem to have been written for you, you alone. They sing to you, they touch your heart. Everything is right in the world.

Phase three: Real life interference

All you want to do is spend time with your book, but you can’t. At some point, people around you clamour for your attention, and your boss warns you that you are out of vacation days. Reluctantly, you close the book, and return to your other life. You think of the book while doing chores, you think of it on your commute. Maybe I can read a chapter before bed.

Phase four: Crossroads

You couldn’t read yesterday because of that thing. The instant attraction you felt for the book has weaned. Sure, it’s great, but it can wait a bit, right? Later that evening, you pick it up, stroking to cover, and return to where you were.

Option one: True love

Immediately you are plunged back into the world you unwillingly left. The characters, the setting, the plot – everything is just as amazing as when you just started, and you can’t get enough. You stay up reading the entire night, because it’s just that good.

Option two: It was just a fling

The words don’t fall back into a comfortable rhythm. Were the characters always this annoying? That plot you found so exciting now seems to move at a snail’s pace. After wading through half a chapter, you put it down again with a sigh. You saw this other book in the subway today. Maybe you should look it up on Amazon, see if it’s any good…

*****

In the case of The Miniaturist, it turned out, we only had a fling. I was terribly excited when I started reading it, but somehow I lost that initial interest halfway. It was good, but not as amazing as I was hoping it to be.

Is this familiar to you? Do you fall in love with books?

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Review: Clash of Iron by Angus Watson

Title: Clash of Iron
Author: Angus Watson
Series: Iron Age #2
Rating: 3 Stars

560 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Orbit
Review copy received from the publisher

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Sequel to the fast Age of Iron, Clash of Iron struggles to keep up the pace.

Lowa is now responsible for Maidun, and she starts to prepare for the prophesied coming of the Romans. However, Britain isn’t easy to unite, and together with her trusted friends she will have to defend her people from dangers close to her.

For the first two hundred pages, Clash of Iron flounders. After the story arc in the first book, there is not logical continuation, and the tension has to rebuilt from scratch. The Romans are coming – we know that – but this premise in itself isn’t enough to keep the reader reading. We see all kinds of flashes of the lives of our protagonists, but there is no conflict. To make a more reasonable time frame, there are big leaps in time, making the first part feel choppy and fragmented.

Luckily, Mr Watson regains the reigns to his story after the beginning, and from then on, it’s smooth sailing. The Age of Iron books are written in a wry, humorous and accessible style that will appeal to readers who find historical or fantasy books too dry. It should also be noted that Clash of Iron can be quite dark and gruesome – for many characters, lives aren’t taken seriously. They murder and torture like it’s all a game to them. This kind of gore isn’t uncommon in fantasy lately, but one does need to have the stomach for it.

Clash of Iron follows more characters than Age of Iron did, but since we already know all of these faces, it’s not hard to get into their stories. Sadly some of them remain one-dimensional, especially Ragnall, a druid’s apprentice who is sent to Rome to spy. His thoughts lack the complexity to make them seem realistic. On the other hand, I very much enjoyed the chapters written from the perspective of Spring and Chamanca. While fantasy is almost notoriously white-washed and misogynistic, Mr Watson succeeds in creating a believably diverse cast. I especially enjoyed that women fight in the armies as well, and that they weren’t seen as inferior warriors.

This sequel has some issues, but the ending of Clash of Iron is very strong and makes me excited to read the conclusion of the trilogy. If the last two hundred pages of this book are an indication, Reign of Iron is going to be pretty epic.

Blurb

LEADERS ARE FORGED IN THE FIRES OF WAR

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other — and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile, Lowa’s spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome’s charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?

Other reviews you might be interested in
Other books in this series
  1. Age of Iron
  2. Clash of Iron
  3. Reign of Iron

This book was also featured in the post Fantasy Books You Might Not Have Read Yet

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The Sunday Post #26

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Books? What books? This weekend has been all about the gaming! I joined the (bi)annual LAN party of my boyfriend, dedicating two days to everything computer games. In case you don’t know about LANs – it’s basically around twenty people, hauling their PCs into a room, and spending all day every day playing together. They also organise casual tournaments, which is always a lot of fun. Because I really enjoy my sleep, I went home around midnight instead of staying over. My body doesn’t like all-nighters at all.

This week on Nyx Book Reviews

How do you value your blog? For me, being successful has little to do with external sources, and is all about what I think of my blog. Apart from that discussion, I also talk books, namely A Tale of Two Cities and Demonglass

This week on Irresponsible Cactus

For science! This week’s Irresponsible Cactus post is about paradigm shifts and hard core non fiction literature.

Read this week

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I’m reading an absolutely giant book for class (The Karamazov Brothers) and it’s been killing my reading game! Also, I simply seem to be reading less lately. I blame school. As a small present for myself, I picked up the second volume of Chew at an English book store close to where I live, and it was great. I was expecting Dead Ever After to be way worse than it actually was, so that was a good surprise.

How was your week?

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Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Demonglass
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #2
Rating: 3.5 Stars

359 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Disney
Bought

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In this sequel to Hex Hall, Sophia must learn to deal with what happened at Hecate Hall, a reform school for Prodigium. Her long estranged father makes an appearance, and he decides a change of decorum is necessary: Sophia is coming to the United Kingdom with him for a few months. However, a certain someone Sophia isn’t ready to see has also been spotted overseas…

The second book in a series can often feel like more of the same. Demonglass avoids this common problem by taking the main characters, and forcing them to find their way in an unknown environment. They suddenly have to navigate other people they don’t know if they can trust, and it creates a lot of new venues for the plot to go. Demonglass never feels too “same-y” like Hex Hall.

In Demonglass we’re introduced to a rather lame love-triangle. I felt it was rather unnecessary – again we’re treated to the stereotype that a girl and a boy can’t be in the same room together without there being some romantic tension. What made this one even worse for me was that I felt like this love triangle was added for the benefit of the reader, instead of it being the characters true feelings.

Where I found Sophia to be a bit shallow in the first book, she gains more depth in this one. Even though she can be a bit obnoxious and stupid, I thought that she showed more insight into her own feelings, which make her more interesting to read. Her interactions and growing bond between her and her father was very well done, and the strain on her and Jenna’s friendship was realistic and genuine. As long as it’s not concerning boys, Ms Hawkins actually does characters well.

While I was looking for something like Harry Potter when I started this series, I think the Hex Hall books are actually a lot more like The Mortal Instruments series. It doesn’t give me the magical world I was looking for, but it does deliver on an engaging plot navigating a world of different factions and magical beasties.

Blurb

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world-the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.

But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons in secret, with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Other reviews you might be interested in
Other books in this series
  1. Hex Hall
  2. Demonglass
  3. Spell Bound

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Is Your Blog a Business?

computerMany blogs post tutorials on how to blog. What most of these tutorials have in common is that there is an underlying thought of what a successful blog is. A successful blog in their eyes is a blog that reaches as many readers or followers. Other people measure their success in comments or ad revenue. The common denominator is that success is dependant on the external source – either exposure or money. It’s not about the intrinsic value of the blog, it’s about how others value your blog.

The musts of blogging

You should be professional. Your layout should be clean. Your reviews should be concise, and not too long. You should have a good comment system. You shouldn’t use Captcha. You should post something personal once in a while. You should have a clear direction. You should find one niche. You should use social media.

All of this is great advice – but it all makes blogging so incredibly clinical. Sure, it’s nice to have a blog that doesn’t pain your eyes when you try to read the text, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a super colourful and fun layout. There is no reason why you can’t just blog about anything under the sun, and it does not make your blog worth any less. Maybe it makes it harder to find thousands of followers. But even if you do follow all of those (well meant) advices, you might not ever get more than a few dozen people either. If there is anything I learnt in the last five years of blogging, it’s that audiences are extremely fickle. There is no one way, there is no right way. There is only your way.

Professional blogging

I’m always highly surprised when I see how many people see their blogs as a business, instead of a personal expression of their thoughts. Very, very few people ever make a single dollar from their blogs. I’m one of the lucky few who can make some money occasionally from advertising, but it barely pays for my hosting. If my blog were a business, it would be a damn bad one.

Some people use their blogs as a platform for a secondary profession – mostly writers, though editors and designers do this too occasionally. In that case, your blog truly is the “front window” of your job, and even though it might not make you money directly, it does influence your livelihood.

Blogging as personal achievement

However, as someone who is a book blogger first and foremost, I don’t see my blog as a business at all. I do put my blog on my resume, but I also wouldn’t hesitate to put it on there if my blog didn’t get any readers or comments or whatever. The worth in Nyx Book Reviews, for me, is in the fact that it shows my achievements. It shows how I’ve developed as a reader, how I’ve learnt how to pour my thoughts into writing. I was more excited over the fact that I reached 1000 posts than that I had 4800 unique visitors last month. Both were a milestone, but I celebrated the former and not the latter. Why? Because I can directly influence how many posts I write, while how many people see my blog is up to the internet gods of search engines.

I’ve had times where I would do everything right – I was commenting on twenty blogs every day, yet no one commented back. When you rely on external sources of achievement, times like that can be incredibly tough. It’ll feel like you’re doing something wrong. You’ll see all those other blogs receiving dozens of comments on a simple posts, yet no one comments on that one fantastic discussion you posted. It will feel like your blog is worth less, is somehow bad, like your blog is failing.

Because of these experiences, I rethought the way I saw my blog. My blog is written for me, first and foremost. That doesn’t mean I can’t ask for other people’s thoughts, because when you’re on the fence about something, extra input can be extremely helpful. However, I myself determine how much my blog is worth.

Do you see your blog as a business?

I’m very interested to hear from others on this topic. Do you yourself see your blog as a business? Why, or why not? How do you measure your success? Do you see yourself as a professional?

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Reading Classics: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I read this book as part of the Classics Club Challenge – I challenged myself to read fifty classics picked by me in the next three years. To find out more, you can see my list or visit the Classics Club website.

Title: A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
First Publication: 1859

A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens’ story revolving around the French Revolution and its impact on a select few that get caught up between its grinding teeth.

What I enjoy most about Dickens is his prose. It might be hard to get into at first, but I just love his way with words. The beginning of this book is often referenced to, but it hasn’t lost its power in the decades since it was written.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Hi, sentence that’s a paragraph long, nice to meet you. Nineteenth century writing in general has a treacly quality, a slowness in words that can somehow convey lightness. Maybe I’m drifting off into poetics here, but truly, I enjoy how Dickens and many of his contemporaries write.

When I discussed A Tale of Two Cities with my professor, he commented that he disliked the artificialness of Dickens’ stories. Every character that Dickens introduces will have an essential part in his story – and every characteristic that character has is there for a reason. When a regular story might be told to be “neatly tied up with a bow”, Dickens is one of those creepy expert gift packers that will not only make the straightest bow you’ve ever seen, it’s also knotted in such a way that instead of wanting to pull it open, you want to hang it on the wall and look at it because it’s such a work of art. A Tale of Two Cities, though it relates the terror of the French Revolution incredibly well, isn’t life-like. It is artificial. His use of literary devices like the double are only hidden in a thin layer of veneer, and his characters can hardly be called realistic.

However, he makes the absolute best non-realistic characters. I thought that nothing could top Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, until I met Ms Defarge, the woman who knits in code. Seriously though, how frigging awesome is that?

A Tale of Two Cities at times suffers from its grand scope – a lot of acceleration was necessary to span the time period Dickens wants to capture, and the time ellipses weren’t always too conveniently placed. Minor annoyances and the occasional boring passage aside, A Tale of Two Cities is a great read for people who don’t mind their stories being symmetrical and “neat”.

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The Sunday Post #25

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Hi guys! I hope you all had a good week. Mine has been pretty quiet, lots of work and reading. For Christmas I got the first season of the X-Files TV show, and I’ve started watching them. The show is so 90s! Those special effects are hilarious. The acting and stories are great though, it feels kind of like Fringe meets Supernatural.

I feel a bit like I’m in purgatory right now, since I’m waiting for two pretty important messages – a response to my master’s degree application, and whether my short story submission will be added to an anthology. Both will give me an answer in a week or three, but I absolutely hate waiting!

This week on Nyx Book Reviews

Because of a scheduling malfunction I posted two discussion/feature posts this week instead of one. Even after five years of blogging, I sometimes hit publish instead of schedule! Oh well. I’m reviewing two pretty big names this week, both popular because of their dark reads, though one for young readers and one for adults. I’m featuring some unknown fantasy books, and asking for your advice on whether I should format my old reviews again.

This week on Irresponsible Cactus

The one and only Dewey’s readathon is coming up again, and I’m signing up to participate! The second post of the week is about what it has been like to keep up with two blogs, Nyx Book Reviews and Irresponsible Cactus.

Read this week

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Not many books finished, but those were a lot of pages. Although Clash of Iron isn’t nearly a giant as many fantasy books are, I wouldn’t call a 500+ page book small either. Both reads this week were good, but not great. I love how The Miniaturist looks though, the cover is so pretty.

How was your week?

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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Series: Standalone
Rating: 3 Stars

496 pages
Published January 3rd by Phoenix
Bought

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Gone Girl. The book that had everyone talking. A dark, twisted psychological thriller about a man whose wife is missing – but all signs are pointing towards him. Yet he says he hasn’t killed her. What is going on?

Something Gone Girl does really well is show how a marriage can go from fairy-tale perfect to a living hell. At first, Nick and Amy’s relationship seems wonderful. But after a year or three the cracks start to show, and things go from bad to worse. In a way, Gone Girl shows a development that so many relationships have – the swan dive downward, until it seems impossible that these two people have loved each other at some point.

As a thriller, Gone Girl is an accomplished book. It is littered with hints and possibilities, and will keep you guessing until the big reveal. It breaks the thriller conventions, though, by not having the big reveal as the climax or ending of the book. You figure out what is happening a bit after halfway, and the rest of the book shows what happens after. On one hand, this gives the book an interesting twist that surprises many people. On the other hand, this means that there is little suspense left until the end of the book – it ends with a sad fizzle instead of a crescendo.

What makes reviewing this book hard for me is that I can’t see the work and the author separately. My copy had an interview with the author in the back, which left a bitter taste after reading it. The two main characters, Nick and Amy, are incredibly unlikeable. They are terrible for each other, absolutely dreadful. That’s fine. I don’t necessarily need to like the main characters to enjoy a book. The author, however, does like them. She has also made some rather sexist comments about how Cool Girl doesn’t exist (apparently women cannot be hedonists) and how most “good, beautiful things” are done by women. Because women are always the ones who decorate and make sure parties are held, etcetera. This is a personal pet peeve of mine, this complete division of “men” and “women”, where women are attributed this kind of fantastic sense of home-making and mother instinct, which should be valued higher than whatever the men are doing (like fathering, maybe?). Maybe this interview doesn’t reflect well on how Ms Flynn really thinks, but this didn’t make me value her opinions highly.

Also, apparently Ms Flynn didn’t own a pair of scissors until she was thirty. HOW DID SHE OPEN THINGS?

So, to recap. Good book. Kind of loses steam after halfway. Don’t like the author’s ideas. Also don’t like the direction the story took at the ending. Not as dark and twisted as I was expecting. Pages turned quickly.

Blurb

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

Other reviews you might be interested in

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Fantasy Books You Might Not Have Read Yet

Lately I’ve been feeling like reading more fantasy – not the paranormal crossovers that dominate large portions of the market, but the good old epic variety of fantasy. I started to browse Goodreads, but I discovered that it’s actually not that easy to come by decent fantasy recommendations. The names that pop up over and over are always the same: on the modern side we have George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss; J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan and Guy Gavriel Kay are the traditional authors. These writers are great – but I’ve read most of them already. I’m looking for other names, authors that might not have a following of millions, but maybe of thousands. Writers that have something else to say, that have some different or fresh voice.

So the goal of this post is twofold. First, I’ll share a few of the great fantasy books I’ve read lately that you might not have heard of yet. Secondly, I’m looking for recommendations outside of the obvious fantasy canon. So if you have an author you think I should try, I’m more than happy to hear from you!

Fantasy books you might not have read yet

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The Iron Age series by Angus Watson – Age of Iron (read my review), Clash of Iron & Reign of Iron

The second book in the Iron Age series is being published this month, and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC. Watson writes incredibly readable fantasy – where fantasy is notoriously dense, Watson keeps his language simple and his world building within boundaries. The premise of his books are also interesting: set in an alternate version of Britain during the iron age when the Roman Army is approaching. The series is scheduled to be a trilogy, with the last book being published this September.

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The Shadow Saga by Jon Sprunk – Shadow’s Son (read my review), Shadow’s Lure & Shadow’s Master

There is plenty of assassin fantasy out there, but not many of the books out there handle the subject as well as Sprunk does. His main character, Caim, navigates a world which is heavily inspired by the Roman Empire, and nothing of his assassin nature is glossed over or romanticised. Caim is a killer, and the reader sympathises with his situation without forgetting what he is. The trilogy has already been completed, which is also a bonus.

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The Shattered Kingdoms series by Evie Manieri – Blood’s Pride (read my review) & Fortune’s Blight

You know what’s missing on many fantasy lists? Some female authors. Manieri writes highly complex epic fantasy, which isn’t easy to get into. She has some very interesting ideas, and stays away from the standard European medieval world, instead largely setting her story in a desert. I was very impressed with how she handled the climax in Blood’s Pride, tying all of her story lines together beautifully, something even some of the most accomplished fantasy writers struggle with. The story is still uncompleted though, and as far as I know there has been no indication as towards how long the series will be. A trilogy seems likely though.

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The Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding – Retribution Falls (read my review), The Black Lung Captain, The Iron Jackall & The Ace of Skulls

A different style from the other books in this list, Wooding’s series features a more steampunk inspired world. If you’re more interested in one group’s adventures rather than the fate of an entire world, The Tales of the Ketty Jay is your series. The ragtag crew of the Ketty Jay airship get into more trouble than they can handle, and it doesn’t help that all crew members seem to be hiding something from the others. The series has been completed, so this might appeal to readers who don’t enjoy waiting for the next book. Some readers have compared these books with the TV show Firefly – make of that what you will.

What fantasy books would you recommend?

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