Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Once a year, on Dragon Day, the Storm Lords hoist open the Dragon Gate to let one of the majestic, scaled beasts slip through into the Sabian Sea to be hunted by the water-mage Storm Lords. Emira Imerle Polivar, the current elected ruler of the Storm Lords, is nearing the end of her reign and…

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…

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…

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…