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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading


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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This was one of the School Library Journal’s top 25 chapter books that we haven’t read. I finally got around to it, two years after adding it to my reading list.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 219 pages

Setting: medieval countries of Sounis, Attolia, and Eddis that felt like Greece

Summary: Short version: Gen really is good enough to steal Hamiathes’s Gift Continue reading

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The Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff

This is the second book in the Quarters series. I enjoyed the first book so much, I thought I’d jump right into the second.

Published: 1995

Genre: fantasy

Length: 416 pages

Setting: the Havakeen Empire, a bit after the events of Sing the Four Quarters

Summary: Short version: A body-jumper messes with the wrong assassins Continue reading

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Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

Recently, I recorded some book reviews of Huff’s work (the Blood series) and was reminded how much I enjoyed her writing. When I looked her name up in the library catalog, this was the first book in a series that I would be able to read.

Published: 1994

Genre: fantasy

Length: 410 pages

Setting: a medieval-technology world

Summary: Short version: Annice clears Pjerin of a charge of treason, while pregnant Continue reading

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Grass for his Pillow by Lian Hearn

This is the second book in the Tales of the Otori series. It took me a few years to read the second one after having picked up the first one (which is why I haven’t reviewed that book). The interesting thing is Miss Adventure just picked the first book (Across the Nightingale Floor) from the library to read.

Published: 2003

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 292 pages

Setting: Japan, mid-1800s as it opened to Westerners

Summary: Short version: Takeo and Kaede are training and growing up Continue reading

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The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

This is the final book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I need to find out what happens. As proof of how much I loved this series, I read the entire series in the same month. I rarely even finish a series within a year, let alone a month!

Published: 2017

Genre: speculative fiction (I waffle as to whether this is science fiction or fantasy. This book is more fantastical than the others.)

Length: 398 pages, 416 pages total

Setting: various parts of the Stillness and Corepoint, after the events of The Obelisk Gate and before the Shattering

Summary: Short version: Will the moon be caught or slammed into the Earth?
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Painted Grassy Mire by Nicasio Andres Reed

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: 2016 in Shimmer Magazine (you can read it free online at that link – check it out. It has some lovely illustrations to go along with the story)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: near Lake Borgne, Louisiana, present day

Summary: Short version: A girl finds her alligator selkie family Continue reading

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