The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Anthony Ryan’s Raven’s Shadow series started with a bang, with many genre readers absolutely adoring Blood Song. The followups, however, seemed to be divisive, mostly stemming from the fact that Ryan opted to expand the series to have primary perspectives beyond what made Blood Song so good – Vaelin al Sorna. Hope Killer. Eruhin Makhtar. I was one…

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…

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

Honorous Jorg Ancr…wait…this isn’t about Jorg. Immediately upon the reveal of the title Prince of Fools, comparisons were drawn between it and Mark Lawrence’s debut, Prince of Thorns. Doubts were cast as to whether Lawrence could write a non-Jorg character or not. Both of them have prince in the title and both feature an eponymous young…

The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire trilogy, comprised of Prince, King, and Emperor of Thorns, has been one of the most talked-about series in the past several years. Since the “emergence” of dark fantasy in the form of grimdark from the Warhammer 40k universe, various authors have tried their hands at it, and few have been as successful as Mark…