Summary: A fantasy novel about Kingdoms in decline, a powerful dark force on the rise and bent on revenge, and a mysterious sect of female sorceresses, working in secret to prevent the end of the world. The novel has political intrigue, legends, and dragons. Each Kingdom/Empire has its own narratives, culture and beliefs, and though … Continue reading The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
Summary: This is a early teen fantasy adventure, set in Drowning (a medieval village), ruled by the cruel Earl Longchance. The village lies right beside an ancient forest, and is surrounded by a stone wall. In earlier times, the Luck Uglies protected the village from the Bog Noblins. These monsters live in the swamp which … Continue reading The Luck Uglies – Paul Durham
Summary: We follow the life of Holly Sykes, as she grows from a 15 year old teenager, to the end of her life. In six different Time sections, we get the backstories of people who will eventually impact Holly’s life, for good and bad. There is also a large element of the mystical/fantasy, which is … Continue reading The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
Urban fantasy, redemption of the human spirit, and what does it mean to have a second chance?
Second in the Kingkiller Chronicles.
Summary: This book deals with relationships, how life paths can change dramatically (for better or worse) through failure to recognise “sliding door” moments, and making sure you make the most of the one sure life you have. Main Characters: Sam Valentiner: The son, thirteen years old, who is super-smart, and a synaesthete – he can … Continue reading Book of Dreams – Nina George
History through a slowed-down lens.
Second and final part in the series
Summary: 23 short stories, or flash fiction as the style is known, the main themes of which are the darker sides of humanity, and dealing with the places where the visible and otherworld connect, and things break through. Plot: There are 23 short stories, some very short, and mainly in the horror genre. Given that … Continue reading The Sea Was A Fair Master – Calvin Demmer
Summary: Moojie is born disabled, and other than his loving adoptive mother everyone’s hand seems turned against him. He is born into a superstitious village, where belief in the otherworld runs strong. This is his story, and his search for a family that will love and accept him. Main Characters: Moojie: The protagonist, we watch … Continue reading The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman – Robin Gregory