Reivew: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

I don't typically write reviews for anything less than a full book, but I kept seeing this one around and I was intrigued. NetGalley only had an excerpt available for review so here we are. The excerpt was roughly the first ~150 pages of the book, so that's what I'll be basing my opinions here on. This book is written in 3rd person, and we have 2 POV characters in this first part. The one with

Review: Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson

Thieftaker is the debut novel from pseudonymous author D.B. Jackson. It is the first in a series called the Thieftaker Chronicles. It was published July 3rd from Tor Books. The Blurb Boston, 1767: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help

Guest Post + Giveaway: What’s In A Name? by L.J. McDonald

L.J. McDonald is an author for Dorchester Publishing, home to our already esteemed Leanna Renee Hieber. She is the author of the Sylph series, consisting of The Battle Sylph, The Shattered Sylph, and the upcoming Queen of the Sylphs. If you haven't heard of L.J. McDonald before, don't worry - I hadn't either. What I can tell you now, after reading the first book in the series, is that if you're a fantastical or paranormal romance

A Precious Gift, or How David & Leigh Eddings’ Books Taught Me to Be A Decent Human Being

I've done lots of stupid things in my life. I think just about everyone has. Regardless, I try not to spend a whole lot of time on regrets because if even one thing in my past were changed, I think the whole domino pile of craziness would collapse -- and, well. I kind of like where I'm at now. So I only really ever had one big regret, and it has nothing

Review: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

  The Wise Man's Fear The Kingkiller Chronicle #2 Written: Patrick Rothfuss Published: March 1, 2011 Publisher: DAW ISBN: 0756404738 Obtained via: Purchase Blurb: For nearly four years, fantasy and science fiction enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting this second volume to Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. The first volume, The Name of the Wind, won the prestigious Quill Award and was recently voted as the third-best SFF novel of the decade on In this linchpin book of the trilogy, Kvothe continues his perilous search

Review & Giveaway: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Inheritance Trilogy #1 Written: N.K. Jemisin Published: February 25, 2010 Publisher: Orbit ISBN: 0316043915 Obtained via: Gift from a friend Blurb: Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a

Green Rider Series Re-Read: Guest Review of The High King’s Tomb

I have to admit The High King's Tomb, book 3 of Kristen Britain's Green Rider series, is not my favorite of the three I've read so far. For example, again with only the mentions with Stevic G'ladheon. Also, Karigan actually gets a bit whiny in the first half of this book, where as I specifically mentioned she doesn't get there for me in the other books. However, as usual she's too busy

Meet Tor’s New Bouncing Baby Twins

Like Fantasy? Like Steampunk? Then I have some good news for you. has announced the creation of two "satellite sites" exclusively for sharing some of the best content found around the 'net in the fantasy and steampunk genres. Basically, these are Facebook "fan" pages and accompanying Twitter streams. Would you care to meet these two cute li'l additions to the Tor family? I knew you would. Meet @TordotFantasy. She's the eldest by two minutes*. She likes dragons

Review: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism Lightbringer #1 Written: Brent Weeks [website] Published: Orbit, Hardcover When: August 25th, 2010 ISBN: 0316075558 Obtained via: Purchase Cover blurb: Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible

Writer's Resources for January 9th through January 17th

These are writers' resource links I've found helpful and/or interesting for January 9th through January 17th: Hot Dog, Katsa! - 5 reasons why I believe this person will one day get published « Tribal Writer - Show Some Character! -- Do your characters' flaws work on more than one level? - What is conflict | Writing | Caro Clarke - writer - Between Fact and Fiction: Stages of Revision -