Every Friday throughout this Wyrd and Wonder month, I’ll be doing a “Follow Friday” blog post featuring five fantasy book reviews from bloggers I follow and one from a collaborative site. What better way to celebrate fantasy than to shout out fantasy book reviewers!
Justine @ I Should Read That
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Clayton achieves something I often see in sci-fi but rarely in fantasy — she manages to take the serious issues surrounding beauty and perfectionism in our society and puts them in a new setting where we can examine, and be rightfully horrified, with our own standards of perfection. It’s a fascinating look at the pressures we place on people, particularly women, to be perfect. The way she balances the lush and gorgeous setting with the horrors of the Belles’s magic and the expectations placed on them is astonishing. She manages to create an unsettling, horrifying world that gets its hooks into you and doesn’t let go until the last page.
Kristen @ Superstardrifter.
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso
This is quite a well written book, which was very hard to put down. You have no idea who to trust in this book. As I said, I guarded my feelings well, but still put out tendrils of trust in some people, but goddamn this was a harrowing story of ups and downs and twists and turns. All told, I really liked it. I look forward to more in the series!
David @ Blue Book Balloon.
The Seven by Peter Newman
This is a fitting completion to one of the most original fantasy trilogies of recent years, and it’s a satisfying conclusion, a peace being hard won through suffering but much, clearly, still to be done to deliver harmony in Vesper’s world.
Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek.
Danse Macabre by Laura M. Hughes
This is a stunning read, in just 56 pages Hughes crafts a fully fledged story with a captivating main character in Blue and a fitting if somewhat tragic ending. Being a novella you know that words and space are to a premium and Hughes utilizes these perfectly, giving you a tale that keeps you intrigued, guessing and mesmerised. It’s dark and ominous with an underlying tone of tragedy throughout.
Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books.
Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer
This story is about so many things! Love, passion of life, passion in general… Appreciation of beauty, and even just finding yourself. Also, with impeccable style and fabulousness! They summon demons and some of them fence. It’s brilliant! It’s not just ever so slightly (and stylishly…) paranormal, it’s also a little bit steampunk through being based in Victorian times (I wouldn’t say full on steampunk, though), and it’s got just the right amount of darkness in it – a mere pinch, all it needs!
Servant of Rage by A.Z. Anthony
(Review by G. D. Penman)
The prose goes beyond tight, almost to the verge of sentences being clipped short. Brief exclamations and even briefer descriptions rule this book, giving you the bare minimum that you need to understand the situations that the protagonist is being flung into in the brief moments that he has to comprehend them.
If you are looking for purple prose and languid descriptions of idyllic landscapes then you will want to look elsewhere, but if you want an incredibly fast paced thriller of a grimdark fantasy novel with a sly sense of humour woven through it, then Servant of Rage is a good fit for your tastes.