The Gilded Ones
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Review: The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna

Content warnings: I will be 100% honest – I picked up this book solely based on that cover, and I have zero regrets. This is a hard-hitting and fiery young adult fantasy about overcoming the patriarchy. In Otera, it’s accepted that women are subservient to men, and anyone – or anything – that goes against that is against the natural…

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Cast in Firelight
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Review: Cast in Firelight – Dana Swift

Content warnings: An arranged marriage where the couple hates each others’ guts and then gets to know each other under secret identites? Yes! I picked this up based on that premise and the  read-alike comparisons in the blurb, thinking this would be an ownvoices Indian-inspired fantasy a la Tasha Suri and… it’s not. “You sure you aren’t trying to kill…

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The Mask of Mirrors
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Review: The Mask of Mirrors – M.A. Carrick

Content warnings: Wow, this book is a ride. It’s a twisty political fantasy with an emphasis on found family and origins, and while it takes a bit to get there, the journey is very enjoyable. “My grandfather—yours too, I suppose—he used to say, revenge will make you whole. The way Grey’s been behaving… I’m afraid it will break him.” It…

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The Frozen Crown
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Review: The Frozen Crown – Greta Kelly

Content warnings: I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from this fantasy debut, but I enjoyed it immensely. While this book doesn’t really do anything new with the various standard fantasy bits and pieces, it’s an engrossing and fast-paced read. As a warning, this is the first book in a duology, and it does have a heck of a cliffhanger.…

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Witch, Cat, and Cobb
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Review: Witch, Cat, and Cobb – J.K. Pendragon

Content warnings: Oh hello, fluffy queer wonderfulness! The cover caught my eye – orange cat + books + purples = you have my attention – and the blurb sounded adorable, and this novella definitely lived up to both. Princess Brean does not want to marry the Saishen prince, not the least because she’s not interested in men. But when her…

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Escaping Eleven
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Review: Escaping Eleven – Jerri Chisholm

Content warnings: It’s not clear from the blurb, but this is actually the first book in a trilogy. While I found the resolution satisfactory, there’s still quite a few plot threads left hanging. “Sometimes I wonder if it is better to be alive and caged or dead and free. I guess if I’m fighting for my life right now, I…

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Daughter of the Serpentine
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Review: Daughter of the Serpentine – E.E. Knight

Content warnings: These books have absolutely gorgeous covers, and I love this one even more than Novice Dragoneer. I very much enjoyed the first book, so I was unbelievably excited to read an advanced copy of this one. And, wow, it was not a disappointment – it’s even better than the first. As this is the second in a series,…

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Novice Dragoneer
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Review: Novice Dragoneer – E.E. Knight

Content warnings: The cover is what first caught my eye on the library’s shelf (hey, remember when people actually went to libraries??) and then the blurb sold me. It’s a coming of age story about a plucky young girl and her hopes of becoming a dragon rider. “A bad start is still a start, after all.” At fourteen, Ileth runs…

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When We Were Ghosts
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Review: When We Were Ghosts – E.J. Phillips

Content warnings: Hello, gorgeous cover! And honestly, this book is gorgeous, in a very grief-laden, magical way. This is a heavier book, as much of the story is spent dealing (or not dealing with, depending on the character) death and grief, but it’s also lightened by a very snarky ghost and a sweet romance. “A haunting is just a memory…

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Black Sun
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Review: Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

Content warnings: I’ve read Rebecca Roanhorse’s work before, so I thought I knew what I was getting myself in to. But, wow, was I ever surprised – in the best way! This is an enthralling character-driven epic fantasy inspired by Meso-American cultures. And, just a note, this is the start of a trilogy, so of course there’s a massive cliffhanger.…

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