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Kelly Anderson has been reviewing books online for over seven years. and writing about them in completely charming (and in no way cliché) leather journals since long before that. She blogs about her never-ending to-read list at Shoulda, Coulda Woulda Books and lurks on twitter @giddythings .

Starless Is a Shining Example of the Power of Epic Fantasy

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Starless Is a Shining Example of the Power of Epic Fantasy

Jacqueline Carey has a fiercely devoted fanbase. Her Kushiel’s Legacy saga introduced us to a heroine who is deservedly featured on lists of ...
The Desert Heat Gets Intense in A Veil of Spears

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The Desert Heat Gets Intense in A Veil of Spears

Two years ago, Bradley Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings in Sharakhai took me by surprise. From the cover and blurb, I expected it to be epic. I expected...
Anne Bishop’s Lake Silence Is an Urban Fantasy About Strong Women and Good Men

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Anne Bishop’s Lake Silence Is an Urban Fantasy About Strong Women and Good Men

Anne Bishop blazed onto the genre scene in the late 1990s with the Black Jewels Trilogy, a fantasy epic filled with violence, blood, and revenge that...
The Queens of Innis Lear Gives New Weight to Shakespeare’s Greatest Tragedy

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The Queens of Innis Lear Gives New Weight to Shakespeare’s Greatest Tragedy

“This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,–often the surfeit of our own behavior,–we make guilty of our...
Quietus Crosses Time and Space to Deliver a Different Kind of Strong Female Character

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Quietus Crosses Time and Space to Deliver a Different Kind of Strong Female Character

Who among us has not played the Tardis game? If you could go anywhere, anywhen in the whole universe, where would you go? There are the expected answers: a...
Blackthorne Deepens a Fascinating Flintlock Fantasy World

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Blackthorne Deepens a Fascinating Flintlock Fantasy World

As we pick up with our heroes from Cold Iron, the first installment of Stina Leicht’s exciting flintlock fantasy series the Malorum Gates, they are in...
A Fading Sun Shows Wielding Power Is Harder Than Winning It

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A Fading Sun Shows Wielding Power Is Harder Than Winning It

Epic fantasy has also been a great vehicle for analyzing the follies of empire, and it has certainly done so as of late: a gorgeous look at a kingdom in...
The Reluctant Queen Is a Fantasy That Celebrates the Virtues of Domesticity—and Thrilling Action

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The Reluctant Queen Is a Fantasy That Celebrates the Virtues of Domesticity—and Thrilling Action

“Who I am is a mother, woodswoman, a charm maker… It is my right to define me, not yours.” The guardswoman snorted. “I like her.” “I...
Soleri Is a Game of Thrones with Intimate Stakes

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Soleri Is a Game of Thrones with Intimate Stakes

Author Mary Robinette Kowal, one of the great book people to follow on social media, recently tweeted a bit of advice to burgeoning writers: “In...
Fantasy Casting A Darker Shade of Magic

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Fantasy Casting A Darker Shade of Magic

These days, fantasy readers are spoiled for great adaptations. First, Game of Thrones happened, and happened big. Then we got Jonathan Strange, and The...
6 Shakespearean Sci-Fi & Fantasy Retellings

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6 Shakespearean Sci-Fi & Fantasy Retellings

The canonical classics share a lot of features with the magical creatures of fantasy. They live forever, and beautifully, like elves. They infect every...
Miranda and Caliban Looks at Shakespeare Through Different Eyes

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Miranda and Caliban Looks at Shakespeare Through Different Eyes

“I long to hear the story of your life, which must captivate the ear strangely.” ― William Shakespeare, The Tempest Why, in the age of the spoiler...

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