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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

The Phoenix King

The Phoenix King by Aparna Verma Orbit Books, pb, £9.19 Reviewed by Mikaela Silk A kingdom on the verge of war. A King on the verge of insanity. An assassin on the verge of freedom. A princess on the verge of embracing her power. But the scales could tip either… Read More »The Phoenix King

Trial of the Sun Queen

TRIAL OF THE SUN QUEEN by Nisha J. Tull. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Lor has been imprisoned in Nostraza for 12 years and, after all that time, still has no idea why the Aurora King decided to send her and her siblings there. Her brother, Tristan,… Read More »Trial of the Sun Queen

The Darkness Before

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THEM by Matthew Ward. Orbit Books. p/b. £10.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. In the Kingdom of Khalad, Katija Arvish is a talented thief with one aim – to clear the debts left by her father. Debts that plunged her family into ruin. One big job should do… Read More »The Darkness Before

The Burning Stars

These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs Orbit Books, paperback £9.99 Reviewed by Nadya Mercik “Everything is a test,” says Esek Nightfoot in the book, and that’s what makes this story so brutal and unpredictable but, at the same time, so realistic and truthful. Jun Ironway, a caster and con artist,… Read More »The Burning Stars

The Hexologists

The Hexologists by Josiah Bancroft Orbit, p/b, £9.99 Review by Tori Borne ‘“The king wishes to be cooked alive,” the royal secretary said(…)’ is the bizarre and curious opening statement of Josiah Bancroft’s 2023 novel The Hexologists, a charming ‘whodunnit’ tale of royal conspiracy, political intrigue and magic. Our protagonists… Read More »The Hexologists

The front cover for Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin. The front cover is black. There is an image of a dragon standing on its back legs. Its wings come up above it's head then down around its feet. The dragon is a statue and only highlighted in certain areas.

Combat Codes

COMBAT CODES by Alexander Darwin COMBAT CODES by Alexander Darwin Orbit Books, pb, £8.31 Reviewed by Christine Downie Combat Codes is the debut novel of Alexander Darwin and is the first of a trilogy, with book 2 coming out at the end of 2023. The set-up for the story tells… Read More »Combat Codes

The front cover for The Fractured Dark by Megan O' Keefe. There is a man and woman dressed in dark clothes on a walkway high above a space ship. The woman is carrying a gun, and the man walks a little behind her.

The Fractured Dark

The Fractured Dark by Megan E. O’Keefe The Fractured Dark by Megan E. O’Keefe Orbit, pb, £9.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Aware of the canus running through their pathway, a primitive lifeforce that takes control of its host, Naira Sharp and Tarquin Mercator are working with the Conservator to discover… Read More »The Fractured Dark

The front cover for Red River Seven by A. J. Ryan. The cover is red. There is a trail of black smoke weaving down the middle of the page, thin at the top and thick at the bottom. The title works are in white running down the middle of the page.

Red River Seven

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RED RIVER SEVEN by A.J. Ryan RED RIVER SEVEN by A.J. Ryan. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. He awakens to a corpse and to the realisation that he does not know his own name. Nor where he is. Nor why. It is a boat. Not large. His… Read More »Red River Seven