I’ve been extremely excited about this book basically since finishing the last one. It’s been a while since I’ve stumbled across a series as it was publishing where I had to literally wait a year between each book.
Author: R.F. Kuang (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction (ish) See Also: The Poppy War Rin is on the run… Haunted by the atrocity she committed to save her people, addicted to opium, and driven by the murderous commands of Phoenix, the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power. … Continue reading REVIEW: The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2) – R.F. Kuang
Author: R.F. Kuang (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction (ish) Buy Now: ebook | hardback | paperback (out 18th Oct 2018) I stumbled across this book when I saw review copies being offered on twitter. The cover was so beautiful, I immediately leapt on it, but was only able to get a digital … Continue reading REVIEW: The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang
The first book was brutal, violent, dark. I needed a resolution for the characters, sure, but I understand how trilogies work. Things always get significantly worse before they get better, and the ending of part 1 is never, ever as straightforward as it appears.
One of the things I enjoyed about book 1 in this series was how there were no easy answers to the questions. Prejudice and hatred was embedded bone-deep in the two factions of the nation, based on allegedly justifable causes – events in history where both maji and non-maji have brutalised each other as each held power in their own way. While the easy, fairy-tale ending would be right there, with the magic back that justice could prevail as clearly the oppressed were peaceful, Adeyemi isn’t going to give us the easy, tidy ending. People aren’t easy and tidy, and neither are her characters.
Autumn is my favourite time of year, and late summer where my garden is still in flower, but there’s a chill in the air and there’s that wonderful golden light? That’s my absolute jam. Sitting outside in the sunshine in the afternoon, then curling up under a blanket inside in the evening feeling cosy is … Continue reading BLOG: August and September Round-Up
Yesterday Gollancz, the oldest SFF publisher in the UK, and Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series, announced the launch of the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award, in partnership with National Novel Writing Month and The Good Literary Agency. This is a huge and very exciting deal. Gollancz is full of … Continue reading BLOG: The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award – and Recs!
During my publishing experience, as with any job I’ve had, I’ve come across a certain amount of jargon. I’m still picking up a lot of it, but through my training and various opportunities I’ve been given over the last few years, I’ve learned some stuff that I think is really cool. I’ve put together a … Continue reading DIRECTORY: Publishing Jargon-Buster
The most common refrain of anyone who works even remotely near books, or who blogs about books, is that their To Be Read pile increases at a rate that far outstrips their reading pace. I’ve been trying to be strict with myself – attempting to not buy new books, or request too many from Netgalley … Continue reading BLOG: Tackling the TBR – July 2019 Edition
Author: Renée Ahdieh (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Hodder Genre: Historical fantasy, high fantasy, YA Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. … Continue reading REVIEW: Flame in the Mist – Renée Ahdieh