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),…

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel – Book Review (Speculative Fiction)

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel is a speculative fiction novella that is a mindfuck of societal critiques wrapped into a neat and unsuspecting little package. It follows Idir, who is an Iranian, Muslim man who is taking the British citizenship test that consists of twenty-five simple questions. However, whilst taking the exam, something godawfully dangerous…