Category Archives: Fantasy

Elves Volume 1 by Jean-Luc Istin, Kyko Duarte

Elves has some incredibly beautiful illustration and color work that somewhat offset a drearily earnest collection of two stories (each focusing on a type of elf: Blue (water) and Sylvan (forest). The Lord of the Rings reference is pronounced: from … Continue reading

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The Castoffs, V.1: Mage Against the Machine by M.K. Reed, Brian Smith, Molly Ostertag

The Castoffs should have been a book I really enjoyed and respected: it has female protagonists fighting a mix of technology vs magic. Unfortunately, what I found was a story with all the cliches about female characters: they are incredibly … Continue reading

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Another Castle Grimoire

I have to admit, I am very ambivalent about Another Castle. On the one hand, I really appreciate that this gives us a strong heroine who does all the saving herself. Similarly, the cast is diverse and there are some … Continue reading

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By The Sword by Sanami Matoh

By The Sword wasn’t what I was expecting – for better or worse. What we have here is a vapid story in a bog standard fantasy Japanese setting. The characters are all exceedingly stupid and most are pretty hard to … Continue reading

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Long May She Reign by Rihannon Thomas

Although this may look like YA fantasy, what we have with Long May She Reign is more murder mystery than action/adventure as our heroine seeks to solve crimes through science and beakers. The worldbuilding makes for an uncomfortable melange of … Continue reading

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Author Spooner made several smart choices with this retelling of Beauty and the Beast: Russian folklore is mixed with hard fantasy to give a very unique story. The Beast is feral, the sisters good hearted, and the suitor for our … Continue reading

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Miss Ellicott’s School For The Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

Sage Blackwood is definitely an author at the top of her game as she gives us yet another intriguing children’s fantasy, this time a stand alone. And although middle grade is likely the target audience, the themes and nuances make … Continue reading

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