Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

There’s a stigma at the mention of Kushiel’s Dart, where labels do label things and either turn people off of books or turn people onto them (pun not intended, but very welcome). Romance and all its subgenres are particularly vulnerable to labels doing label things, as is YA, where people look up a book, see…

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Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

Partway through my Scribd free month wherein I tried to cram as many audiobooks in as possible (which ended up being about 4 and change), Fantasy Review Barn hosted T. Frohock in a Tough Traveling post that mentioned Between Two Fires. I’d stumbled across the book about a year ago and proceeded to do with any book…

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The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

After the ghastly events at the end of Prince of Fools, Jalan and Snorri are locked in the northern town of Trond by the icy grip of the Norse winter. As spring rolls around, Snorri, equipped with Loki’s key, is hell-bent on finding the door to hell itself, regardless of what lies between him and it or…

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is one of the most divisive novels in the genre. Most readers either love it or hate it, with scant few somewhere in between. I found that I really enjoyed it, despite Quentin being a whiny, miserable, and wholly unlikable piece of shit. It takes a truly talented author to write such a…

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When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

The Book of Lost Souls, an ancient relic guarded closely by a circle of mages for centuries, has been stolen by the rogue mage Mayot Mencada through the subtle directive of the goddess Spider. The Book gives its wielder immense necromantic power, and Mayot’s ambition knows no bounds as he openly challenges the god Shroud’s…

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