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Fathomfolk by Eliza Chan Orbit, £18.99, Hardback Reviewed by Melody Bowles Fathomfolk is an epic fantasy set in the partially underwater city of Tiankawi. A note at the front of the book says the makeup of the city is inspired by sprawling East Asian metropolises like Hong Kong and Ho… Read More »Fathomfolk

Saevus Corax

Saevus Corax Deals with the Dead, Saevus Corax Captures the Castle, Saevus Corax Gets Away With Murder by K. J. Parker Orbit, paperback, £9.99 Reviewed by Stephen Frame There’s been a battle. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are dead on a field/moor/steppe/wherever. Did you ever wonder who cleans up… Read More »Saevus Corax

Grievar’s Blood

GRIEVAR’S BLOOD by Alexander Darwin Orbit Books, pb, £9.99 Reviewed by Christine Downie Grievar’s Blood is the second novel of a trilogy by Alexander Darwin. I reviewed his debut novel, Combat Codes, for the BFS in Autumn 2023 and was keen to read the second instalment. We return to the… Read More »Grievar’s Blood

Disciples of Chaos

DISCIPLES OF CHAOS by M.K. Lobb. Titan Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Despite all that had happened, despite all the burdens of their pasts, Damian and Roz had found their way to each other. She always knows where to find him – his father’s grave. Strength had not… Read More »Disciples of Chaos

Tonight, I Burn

Tonight, I Burn by Katharine J. Adams Orbit , £9.99 paperback Reviewed by Nadya Mercik The appeal of witches and covens is immense for writers, but in her novel with a rather provocative title (there are so many ways to interpret it – it’s a challenge and a rebellion which… Read More »Tonight, I Burn


RULE OF THE AURORA KING by Nisha J. Tuli. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. After all her ordeals in the Sun Queen Trials, it appears Lor has traded one prison for another, and after years of her imprisonment at his father’s hands, she now finds herself captive… Read More »RULE OF THE AURORA KING

Gods of the Wyrdwood

GODS OF THE WYRDWOOD by RJ Barker Orbit Books. h/b. £20. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Ventday, Cahan’s favourite day. Which god would the visitors be worshipping today, the young Cahan would wonder. The monks would come first. Then a parade. An excitement. But only ever passing through. They never stop… Read More »Gods of the Wyrdwood

Age of Ash

Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham Orbit Books, pb, £18.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Kithamar has always stood. A centre of trade and wealth, it has developed over time from a fortress protecting the Hansch kingdom from the nomadic Inlisc or the start of an invading force of Hansch, depending… Read More »Age of Ash

The Bitter Crown

THE BITTER CROWN by Justin Lee Anderson. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Still coming to terms with the shocking truth, Aranok, Allandria and Nirea, among others, must race to save their people from not just the threat of the Blackening nor the demons that came so close… Read More »The Bitter Crown

Emily Wilde

EMILY WILDE’S MAP OF THE OTHERLANDS by Heather Fawcett. Orbit Books. h/b. £20. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Professor Emily Wilde, always a scholar first, is preoccupied with her latest project – to create a map of the faerie worlds she knows of and record their known entrances and secrets. It… Read More »Emily Wilde