Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abecrombie: A Kick-Arse Fantasy with Swathing Settings & Blood-Thirsty Baddies Galore – Book Review (Grimdark Fantasy)

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie is a grimdark fantasy novel and the first instalment in the Shattered Sea trilogy. It revolves around a young man named Yarvi who is preparing to take the final examination towards becoming a minister of sorts. However, when news of his father’s and brother’s—king and prince—death reach him, his…

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi: A Proudly Islamic & Brilliantly Crafted Steampunk Adventure – Book Review (#OwnVoices MG Fantasy)

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi is an #OwnVoices Islamic and #OwnVoices Southwest Asian, middle-grade portal fantasy novel that was released in 2017 via Salaam Reads. It’s about a young girl named Farah who receives a strange board game from her aunt on her birthday. But when her brother accidentally gets sucked into it, she teams…

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan: A Phenomenal Surrealist Contemporary About Loss & Identity – Book Review (Asian Fiction)

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan is an Asian contemporary surrealist fiction novel that is authored by an Indonesian-born Singaporean author and takes place in a fictitious city in Japan. It follows a man named Ren Ishida who goes to Akakawa after learning of his sister’s brutal murder. Upon arriving, he works to wrap up the remnants…

Storm Glass (Harbinger #1) by Jeff Wheeler: Plenty o’ Potential Lost via Uninspired Clichés & One-Dimensional Characters – Book Review (Fantasy)

Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler is a fantasy novel and the first instalment in the Harbinger series. The book came highly recommended to me via other fantasy reading friends, which prompted me to check it out from the library. However, shortly afterwards I discovered it on sale for a couple of dollars (the Kindle edition),…