Review Catch-up #2 - Speculative Fiction

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Imperial Radch #1 Orbit 2013 Trade Paperback 384 pages Science Fiction; Space Opera; Science Fantasy

The last book I read in 2016 was easily one of the best. I had read a short review of this trilogy in the Review section of the Weekend Australian (the Review section is […]

Review: Moon Chosen

Moon Chosen by PC Cast Tales of a New World #1 Pan 2016 Trade Paperback 597 pages Fantasy

In PC Cast’s new fantasy series, climate change and polluting industries have devastated what we know of our world. The survivors have fled to new environs, living off the land in more harmonious methods. Those who […]

Review: Who's Afraid?

Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis Piatkus/Hachette 2016 ARC (print manuscript) 340 pages Urban Fantasy

Maria Lewis’s debut novel is a smoothly-paced, exciting and refreshing urban fantasy with more emphasis on a coming-of-age journey than the usual crime-mystery sleuthing prevalent in the genre. The story introduces blue-haired, fun-loving, smart-mouthed Tommi Grayson, born in Scotland after […]

Review: The Red Queen

The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody The Obernewtyn Chronicles #7 Penguin/Viking 2015 Large Format Paperback 1108 pages Fantasy; Post-Apocalyptic Speculative Fiction

Well, it’s done. It’s over. Finito. I think, after all this time, there was a part of me that never expected this series to actually end, and a part of me is in […]

Review: Ours is the Storm

Ours is the Storm by D Thourson Palmer Boyle & Dalton 2014 Trade Paperback 344 pages Fantasy

In our (predominantely) white, Western, ex-British world, we are still hung up on our colonial roots and a deep sense of shame and guilt – no one really talks of it in that way but it’s there, […]

Review: Winter Be My Shield

Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier Children of the Black Sun #1 HarperVoyager 2012 Trade Paperback 457 pages Fantasy

In the kingdom of Ricalan, winter is a formidable force for many months of the year, as well as a useful ally in this time of invasion and attack. It’s not only the settlers […]

Review: Dead Ever After

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse #13 Ace Books 2014 (2013) Mass Market Paperback 306 pages Urban Fantasy; Paranormal Romance; Mystery

This review contains minor spoilers.

The thirteenth and final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series (originally called the Southern Vampire series) is really about tying up loose ends and finalising Sookie’s […]

Review: Bound

Bound by Alan Baxter Alex Caine #1 Harper Voyager 2014 Trade Paperback 323 pages Urban Fantasy

Alex Caine grew up in foster homes and was a wild kid until he started learning martial arts; since then, he’s had focus, discipline and a means of earning a living in illegal cage fights. He always wins, […]