Story-Beat Study: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

A few nights ago, I finished reading I’m Not Dying With You Tonight. It’s the first realistic-fiction novel I’ve read since graduating college, and one of the first of which I’ve read by choice in a very long time. You guys know me. I’m a fantasy nerd. But if you only study fantasy to write … More Story-Beat Study: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Book Review: Towers of Midnight (WoT #13) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Never once in Towers of Midnight does the story let you forget how close the Last Battle really is. After twelve books that covering roughly two years’ time, full of meanderings as the characters tried and failed to rally, it’s finally time. And I have no doubt it’s going to be epic. But we aren’t … More Book Review: Towers of Midnight (WoT #13) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Setting Study: Fennbirn from Three Dark Crowns

When it comes to conceptual world-building, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake did well at integrating various core elements of the setting itself, with a few critical misfires that flubbed the ending. Still, the blend of various magics is unique enough, and its effects on the culture plausible enough, that it sets Fennbirn apart from … More Setting Study: Fennbirn from Three Dark Crowns

Book Review: Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) by Kendare Blake

I have been loyally following Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns (TDC) series since Three Dark Crowns (#1) was published in September 2016. As personal preferences go, Three Dark Crowns seemed to be right up my alley; I liked the darker, intense fantasy, especially if it features an interesting magic system. Rating: 3/5 Stars Note: spoiler-freeĀ  … More Book Review: Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) by Kendare Blake

Book Review: The Gathering Storm (WoT #12) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The end is drawing near. As the characters are preparing for the impending Last Battle, the narrative grows more intense and the stakes grow higher. The Gathering Storm focuses primarily on Rand al’Thor and Egwene al’Vere as they try to rally their people towards peace and unity; chaos and bloodshed will only provide the Dark … More Book Review: The Gathering Storm (WoT #12) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Book Review: Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer

Almost two and a half years ago, only a few months after its publication, I picked up Renegades hoping it would be another Lunar Chronicles. I left that book feeling somewhat disappointed; neither hating it nor loving it, but rather just sort of wishing it had given me something more. I’ve had its sequels, Archenemies … More Book Review: Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer

Book Review: Knife of Dreams (Wot #11) by Robert Jordan

After the slow-moving narrative of the previous book, Knife of Dreams is all it’s hyped up to be. Many of the plotlines that dragged Crossroads of Twilight are officially brought to a close as everyone steels themselves for the last battle. I’ll talk about the pacing of the overall series below, but first, let’s dive … More Book Review: Knife of Dreams (Wot #11) by Robert Jordan