The Empire Of Gold is the final book in the Daevabad trilogy. It sets itself apart in the high fantasy genre by effectively using the setting of Ottoman-empire-age Persia. This setting adds a richness and novelty to the trilogy, alongside having excellent political intrigue. I’m not really sure how to write this review without spoilers … Continue reading Book Review: The Empire Of Gold
This is probably the first collection of short stories I’ve ever read, and I had such a good experience that I will definitely be doing it again in the future. Libby Marshall has a seriously twisted sense of humour, and I loved it. The stories themselves were very short, with the longest being maybe twenty … Continue reading Book Review: Penny Pinching Tips For The Morally Bankrupt
I was thrilled when Patrick Morgan reached out to ask if I would review his sophomore novel. I thoroughly enjoyed his previous one, Apparent Horizon, although it didn’t necessarily line up with my worldview very well. Luckily, I felt Realms was fundamentally much more accessible to the average reader. It was heartfelt and genuine, even … Continue reading Book Review: Realms
Maison Urwin’s book takes a novel approach to addressing the increasingly isolationist perspective of England by flipping the problem on its head. Instead of other migrants trying to enter the UK, citizens of the FREW (Federal Republic of England and Wales) are desperately trying to migrate to the economic powerhouses in Asia. It turns an … Continue reading Book Review: Tokyo Mayday
I was a little nervous about reading this book, as I’d heard some negative feedback about Stuart Turton’s previous one. I’m glad I didn’t let that put me off though, because I found it thoroughly enjoyable. The blending of murder mystery with more fantastic elements appealed to me, and I liked its slow-burn nature. The … Continue reading Book Review: The Devil And The Dark Water
I don’t read a lot of romance/contemporary novels, but this was the February book for a book club I’m part of and I thought I’d give it a try. I felt like it was a fine novel, but nothing special. It had a solid core to the story, but the trimmings, so to speak, felt … Continue reading Book Review: Instant Karma
When I read Sapiens a few months ago, I thought I’d reached the pinnacle of non-fiction. I certainly did not imagine that it’s follow-up book would have an even more profound effect on me. Considerably more. It reached to the core of my beliefs and completely upended them. While Yuval Noah Harari’s previous book focused … Continue reading Book Review: Homo Deus
If I had to sum up this book in one word it would be inconsistent. There were flashes of absolute brilliance, then those same aspects would fall flat just pages later. Therefore, the book averaged out as a fairly average read for me. Nevertheless, there is an argument to be made that those moments of … Continue reading Arc Review: Pariah’s Lament
The first thing that struck me about this book is how much it reminded me of Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (a book I love). Both deal with a single character knowing something they shouldn’t about death, and seeing it as a curse. They are both very gritty, dark novels. Yet what set Numbers apart for … Continue reading Book Review: Numbers
This book being billed as a Romeo and Juliet retelling in 1920s Shanghai intrigued me. After reading, however, I feel it is more inspired by the play, rather than a strict retelling, as the plot and characters of this book is truly its own. There are very clear influences, which the Chloe Gong uses with … Continue reading Book Review: These Violent Delights
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