Category Archives: Fantasy

The Promised Neverland Volume 18 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

This is the penultimate volume in the series, continuing the final arc that will complete in volume 20. There is a lot of soul searching in this novel as Emma and Ray try to save Norman despite Norman giving up … Continue reading

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Elfquest Stargazer’s Hunt by Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, Sonny Strait

Although Cutter’s story ended with the Final Quest series, there were still many tales left to be told. Continuing directly from Final Quest, we explore the legacy of Cutter Kinseeker in two ways: Skywise must come to terms with the … Continue reading

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The Legend of Korra Art of the Animated Series 1: Air by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko

As with all the Avatar art books, this one is gorgeous, detailed and full of wonderful insight into the series. While I have not rewatched the series since the original airing, I have a very fond memory of it and … Continue reading

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Avatar The Last Airbender Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy by Faith Erin Hicks, Peter Wartman, Adele Matera

Chronologically taking place (sometime) after the events of “The Rift”, this standalone adventure concentrates on the ever delightful Toph and the trio of teachers from the Metalbending academy: Ho Tun, Penga and the Dark One. Returning are side characters Sokka, … Continue reading

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Avatar The Last Airbender: The Rift

[Note: This collects the earlier released individual comics The Rift #1-#3 into one volume] “The Rift” picks up the story relatively soon after the finale of the show (maybe a year?). Aang has collected a few prospective air nomad disciples … Continue reading

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Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift

As can be expected by the 3 star rating, I really didn’t enjoy this book. It is a fun little fantasy romp with modern American-sounding characters in a pseudo-Indian setting. It features a lot of the tropes in books that … Continue reading

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Requiem of The Rose King Volume 13 by Aya Kanno

With Volume 13, we get the culmination of all the plotting: Richard finally ascends the throne of England. The princes in the tower are quietly dispatched and power is consolidated. But the price has been steep as Richard continues to … Continue reading

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The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski

This ‘new’ novel by Andrzej Sapkowski (originally published in 2002, but only translated now to English) is an historical fiction novel set around 1450 in the area between Poland and the Czech republic at the time of the Hussite Wars … Continue reading

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Black Sun By Rebecca Roanhorse

While I didn’t love Black Sun, it was an easy read. I appreciated the pre-columbian middle American setting (of note: this is a pure fantasy piece, not a magical realism historical) and the characters felt very modern and #metoo now, … Continue reading

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A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

A Golden Fury is a gothict alternate universe novel that provides plenty of twists and turns as our 17 year old heroine attempts to create the impossible: the philosopher’s stone. The tone is heavy to the point where most of … Continue reading

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The Legend of Korra: Ruins of Empire by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng

This edition of Ruins of the Empire collects the previously released books one thru three into one large volume. While I was a huge Korra fan while the original show was airing, I had mostly missed the comics that came … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Art Of The Animated Series by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko

Joining the plethora of new books and comics from the Avatar universe, this Art of the Animated Series book is a pleasure for long time fans. I am usually not all that fond of “Art of” books, feeling they mostly … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Lost Adventures/Team Avatar Tales by Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, Gurihiru, Sara Goetter

This endearing collection of short stories from the world of Avatar is a wonderful addition to the (always excellent) releases of Avatar books of late. For fans of the show, this is like a comic version of ‘Tales from Ba … Continue reading

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Master of One by Jaida Jones, Danielle Bennett

Master of One is an interesting book simply because it defies a lot of expectations and really isn’t what you expect from the blurbs. It is definitely not a heist story, there are multiple POVs, it doesn’t follow the normal … Continue reading

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The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

This was a new one for me: I greatly enjoyed the book until the last four sentences. They revealed the plot of book two and I likely will not get the rest of the books in the series as a … Continue reading

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Avatar The Last Airbender The Search Omnibus by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru

This omnibus collects the previously released parts 1-3 into one 230+ page volume, and is a great collection if you missed the original releases. There are multiple such collections in the pipeline as interest in the Avatar universe is on … Continue reading

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The OtheR Side Of The Sky by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner

The Other Side of the Sky series provides a much stronger premise and storytelling than the somewhat disappointing Unearthed series. As with previous books, we have two main protagonists, one male and one female, and will follow their POVs throughout … Continue reading

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The Kraken’s Tooth by Anthony Ryan

I love Anthony Ryan’s books at large, but in particular, I love the first book of each of his series. The first book is always about exploration, world building and a sense of new. The plot is slower and the … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gurihiru

These graphic novels for Avatar and Korra are just so well done. The writing, the humor, the pathos, the nuanced storytelling, even the complicated nature of the issues contained within – all superbly done. Combine that with top notch illustration … Continue reading

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Relentless by R.A. Salvatore

This latest installment in Salvatore’s long running books on everyone’s favorite dark elf, Drizzt Do’urden, picks up where we left off in “Boundless”. Most books in this saga are divided into trilogies of sorts, and this final installment in this … Continue reading

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