The Silver Tide, by Jen Williams

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Headline Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? This is the third book in a very successful series where I’ve loved the first two books, The Copper Promise and The Iron Ghost. Can Williams sustain the action-fueled energy that characterized …

The Hanging Tree, by Ben Aaronovitch

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Daw Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Peter Grant is a fabulous character with a wonderful line in dry humor that oils the wheels in this police procedural urban fantasy series. The previous book, Foxglove Summer, was …

The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Published: 2013 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? I read this book longer ago than I care to recall and when I discussed this with Himself, it transpired that somehow this one passed him by. On my recommendation, …

A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? This is another book that’s been tucked away in my TBR pile for far too long — so I gave myself a treat and dusted it off for a train journey …

The Imlen Brat, by Sarah Avery

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? I saw this offering on Netgalley and was attracted by the intriguing title and blurb–although I hadn’t appreciated it was a novella when I requested it. Stisele of Imlen knows …

Heirs of Empire, by Evan Currie

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: 47North Published: 2015 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? One of the Netgalley arcs I have waiting to be reviewed is An Empire Asunder, the sequel to this one. So given Heirs of Empire was already in my TBR pile …

Penric’s Demon, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Anyone who has read my blog will know that I am a huge fan of Bujold’s work — see my review of Cryoburn. And this short offering is set in …

Knights of the Borrowed Dark, by Dave Rudden

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? I requested this book from Netgalley far too long ago with the intention of reading and reviewing it — but got a tad overwhelmed. Better late than …

How To Be a Pirate, by Cressida Cowell

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Published: 2010 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Oscar and I completed this book together this last weekend when the grandchildren were staying and once more, I was struck at just how funny and …

Necessity, by Jo Walton

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? This is the final book in this remarkable trilogy. Given the scope and ambition of these books — to explore Plato’s thoughts on what makes an ideal society in his book, …

The Dark Dream, by Nigel Hinton

Genre: Alternate History Publisher: CB Creative Books Published: 2015 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Oscar and I finally completed our time with Philip and his talking animal companions with the fourth and last book in this series. Would it sustain the standard set …

Age of Heroes, by James Lovegrove

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Solaris Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? The first thing to say is — like all the other books in this entertaining godpunk series — Age of Heroes is entirely standalone. The only thing linking these books is they …

Crosstalk, by Connie Willis

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Connie Willis is in that special category of writers as having been the author of one of my all-time favourite novels, Doomsday Book — see my review here. I couldn’t …

The Fettered Flame, by E.D.E. Bell

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Atthis Arts Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? In an ideal world, I would have read the first book, The Banished Craft, before plunging into this epic fantasy. However, I’ve fallen behind my reading schedule and wanted to ensure …

The Dread Wyrm, by Miles Cameron

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Published: 2015 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? The first book in this series, The Red Knight was something special and I also, eventually, much enjoyed The Fell Sword — see my review here — but now we are on …

Rider: The Art of Forgetting #1, by Joanne Hall

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Kristell Ink Published: 2014 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by SJ Higbee Have you read this book? I’ve seen Joanne Hall around at various Fantasycons, but met her properly for the first time this year at Bristolcon. She is a lovely person with a keen sense of humor …

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, by SJ Higbee

SFReader 2008 Story Contest Second Place Winner The heart and starting point of the story was the tale that Esta tells Mary about the love affair between Bernice and Zentxs, which I’d written as an entry for a local St. Valentine’s Day short story competition.  But it was very two dimensional …