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…

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

  A dark lord has risen…again…and is marshaling his forces of darkness against the Church of Armes of the Light and all its followers, and it’s up to a band of adventurers to stop him from extinguishing all the light in the world. Dion: priestess and champion of Armes, Lief: the sly, quick-witted rogue, Penthos:…

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…