Winterkeep: Publication Info and Personal Expectations

I cannot tell you how excited I was to learn that we were going to get another book in the Graceling Realm series. If you know anything about me from my blog, it’s probably that I absolutely adore this series. It’s been eight years since Bitterblue had been published, and with the way it ended, … More Winterkeep: Publication Info and Personal Expectations

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

What is Fantasy?

I recently watched an old youtube podcast involving three hosts talk about fantasy. (For the intensely curious: The Story Telling Podcast #16: Writing Fantasy) It was clear that they were not particularly well-versed in the genre, and to be fair it was back from 2013. However, as I listened to them try to to define … More What is Fantasy?

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