Hills of Heather and Bone book review

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While well-written, Hills of Heather and Bone is a fairly standard on a conceptual level with its magic system and core plot revolving around necromancy and magical persecution. There’s some neat bits of creativity where the bones house the memories of the dead, and the necromancers must record or honor those memories in exchange for […]

The Dragon Bone Chair Book review

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The Dragon Bone Chair is well written (if potentially a bit dry) with an excellent main character arc in Simon. Simon’s growth is slow and believable, with him starting out as dreamy and a bit scatter brained and evolving in more than just competence but in tangibly maturing as well.But I also found the book […]

Up Jumps the Devil book review

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My thoughts on Up Jumps the Devil are complicated; The story is well written, sometimes beautifully so, with strong, complex characters, and a wonderful mystic/fairytale quality to many of its scenes and descriptions; it is also a mix of a longer narrative interjected with flashbacks and short-stories about the devil’s interactions with famous historical figures […]

Starfall book review

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Starfall is a book that will appeal to a specific type of reader; huge effort was devoted to developing the world in which the story takes place, both in the environment, the technological setting, and how the characters interact with these, the various subspecies, and the cultures of the various nations. The Soonayhin culture and […]

The Lost Star book review

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Hall of Skulls Science-fiction review

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Deathrunes and Dragons video review

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The Accidental Alchemist Book Review

By Tristen Kozinski No comments

Actual rating 3.5Living gargoyles, vegan alchemists, smuggling rings, and hidden tunnels, oh my.The Accidental Alchemist is the second of my recent delve into cozy mysteries, and it does an effective job at feeding the readers hints as to the culprit of the the murder and at providing believable suspects other than the true murderer.The characters […]

The Lost Star episode one by Odette. C. Bell book review

By Tristen Kozinski No comments

Decent prose, characters, and pacing. I very much enjoyed the concept of the ship being a deathtrap and it was well utilized throughout the story. I also enjoyed Ava as a character, but some of her motivations lacked explanation; the core root of her character being someone who wants to avoid responsibility is effective and […]

We men of Ash and Shadow Review

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Available in vlog & podcast https://youtu.be/bkkJq_4QCpwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDUWXYFfpk4

The Mortal Blade book review

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The Mortal Blade is one of those book that, while well written, didn’t impart a strong impression on me. The writing is solid, most of the main characters well constructed, and the pacing is quick but steady. Its setting is a more standard sword and sorcery fantasy, which I was ready for after a selection […]

Blackcoats Dead Man Walking by Michael Lachman review.

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Available in vlog & podcast https://youtu.be/bkkJq_4QCpwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi8EbEdnfUo

Guardian of Light By Shaun Connoughton

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Available in vlog & podcast https://youtu.be/bkkJq_4QCpwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E7zJuCqzSo&t=1s

SFPBO finalist Hall of Bones Review

By Tristen Kozinski No comments

Hall of Bones is a solid, competently written viking fantasy book; there is no part of the book, from the prose to the characters to the pacing etc, that falls below good, but there also wasn’t really an element of the story that shone for me. The viking theme is well integrated into the plot, […]

Noryslka Groans Fantasy Book Review

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From page one Norylska Groans expertly immerses the reader in its setting, from the brutal drudgery of working in that time period, to the cold, to the Russian theme of the book, and even the noir theme. The result is an immersive and somewhat depressing read.The pacing for the book is good, with plot progressing […]