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…

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),…

Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond: A Boring & Hollow Prequel to Netflix’s Best Original Series – Book Review (New Weird)

Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond is a new weird, mystery suspense novel, and the first canonical book in the Stranger Things (Netflix Original) television series. As a fan of the show, when I saw that there were going to be novelised expansions of the universe for this franchise, I knew that sitting on it wouldn’t…