Fantasy Book Reviews

The book reviews are alphabetical by author and subdivided via genre.  In cases where more than one of an author's works are reviewed, they are listed in order of publication.  Some of these reviews were written by other people back when the Sci-Fi Fan Letter was an in store newsletter at the World's Biggest Bookstore.  With one exception, they were all WBB bookstore employees (and the exception was an Indigo bookseller from another Toronto store).  Their pseudonyms in no particular order are: Mel, Cat, Sheila, DG-88, Leeman, Chud, James Duncan, Sandra, Rose, Gord, Kat & James Bernard.  They helped me make the newsletter a success for the 19 monthly issues it ran before I switched over to more regular and varied blog posts.  Their reviews are all credited to them, and shown on this page in brackets as guest reviewers.  As to my own reviews, it took some time before I'd devised my current format (with pros/cons) so go easy on my beginner work.

Fantasy
The Dragon's Path - Daniel Abraham
Shadow and Betrayal Omnibus (A Shadow in Summer, A Betrayal in Winter) - Daniel Abraham
The Blade Itstelf – Joe Abercrombie
Before They are Hanged – Joe Abercrombie
The Last Argument of Kings – Joe Abercrombie
The World House - Guy Adams
Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed
The Alchemist - Paolo Bacigalupi (novella)
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent– Galen Beckett
City of Stairs - Robert Jackson Bennett
Archon - Sabrina Benulis
Transformation – Carol Berg
Breath And Bone – Carol Berg
Sebastian – Anne Bishop
A Natural History of Dragons - Marie Brennan
The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan
Doppelganger – Marie Brennan
The Warded Man– Peter V. Brett
Desert Spear– Peter V. Brett
Armageddon's Children – Terry Brooks
Farlander - Col Buchanan
The Executioness - Tobias Buckell (novella)
Paladin of Souls – Lois McMaster Bujold
Spellwright – Blake Charlton
A Turn of Light - Julie Czerneda
The Dragon Book– Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, Ed.
The Adamantine Palace– Stephen Deas
Servant of the Underworld - Aliette de Bodard 
Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson (Guest Reviewer)
A Darkness Forged in Fire – Chris Evans
The Light of Burning Shadows– Chris Evans
Ashes of a Black Frost - Chris Evans
The Oversight - Charlie Fletcher
Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone
Two Serpents Rise - Max Gladstone
Full Fathom Five - Max Gladstone
The Fallen Blade - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
The Assassin King – Elizabeth Haydon (Guest Reviewer)
Goblin Quest – Jim C. Hines
Stepsister Scheme – Jim C. Hines
The Mermaid's Madness– Jim C. Hines
Red Hood's Revenge– Jim C. Hines
The Snow Queen's Shadow - Jim C. Hines
The Left Hand of God– Paul Hoffman
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms– N. K. Jemisin
Dreams of Inan: Stealing Life – Antony Johnston

Desert of Souls - Howard Andrew Jones
Under Heaven– Guy Gavriel Kay
Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal
Glamour in Glass - Mary Robinette Kowal
Without a Summer - Mary Robinette Kowal
Valour and Vanity - Mary Robinette Kowal
Green - Jay Lake
Alchemist of Souls - Anne Lyle
Merchant of Dreams - Anne Lyle
Mirror Prince – Violette Malan
Shadowlands - Violette Malan
Sleeping God – Violette Malan
Soldier King– Violette Malan
Storm Witch – Violette Malan
Path of the Sun - Violette Malan
The Summoner– Gail Martin
Dreamsongs vol. 1 – George R. R. Martin (Guest Reviewer)
The River Kings' Road - Liane Merciel
City of the Beast – Michael Moorcock
Resenting the Hero - Moira Moore
The Hero Strikes Back – Moira Moore
Heroes Adrift – Moira Moore
The Sevenfold Spell - Tia Nevitt
The Skewed Throne – Joshua Palmatier

Firebrand - Gillian Philip
Hogfather – Terry Pratchett (Guest Reviewer)
Elantris – Brandon Sanderson
The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson (audiobook, read by Michael Kramer)
The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski
Lamentation - Ken Scholes
Canticle - Ken Scholes
The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon
Summers at Castle Auburn – Sharon Shinn
Poison Study – Maria Snyder
A Touch of Magic - Maria Snyder
The Emperor's Blades - Brian Staveley
Dracula: The Undead – Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
Empire in Black and Gold - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Way of Shadows – Brent Weeks
Dragons of the Dwarven Depths – Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (Guest Reviewer)
City of Light and Shadow - Ian Whates
The Emperor's Knife - Mazarkis Williams
Knife Sworn - Mazarkis Williams
The Tower Broken - Mazarkis Williams
Shadowplay – Tad Williams (Guest Reviewer)
 
Lord of the Fading Lands – C.L. Wilson
Lady of Light and Shadows – C.L. Wilson
King of Sword and Sky – C.L. Wilson
Crown of Crystal Flame - C. L. Wilson

Kids/Teen Fantasy
The Fledging of Az Gabrlielson – Jay Amory (Guest Reviewer)
The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong
Dark Eden - Patrick Carman
Graceling– Kristin Cashore
The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo
Stardust – Neil Gaiman (Guest Reviewer)
Eon - Alison Goodman
Eona - Alison Goodman
Seer and Sword – Victoria Hanley
The Devouring– Simon Holt
Soulstice – Simon Holt
Hunger - Jackie Morse Kessler
Rage - Jackie Morse Kessler
Meridian - Amber Kizer
The Diamond in the Window - Jane Langton
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer (Guest Reviewer)

The Hammer of Witches - Shana Mlawski
Beka Cooper: Terrier – Tamora Pierce (Guest Reviewer)
The Perilous Gard – Elizabeth Marie Pope
The Alchemyst – Michael Scott (Guest Reviewer)
The Door in the Mountain - Caitlin Sweet

Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Omens - Kelley Armstrong
Waking the Witch – Kelley Armstrong
Bespelling Jane Austen – Mary Balogh, Coleen Gleason, Susan Krinard and Janet Mullany
Iron Kissed – Patricia Briggs
Mooncalled – Patricia Briggs (Guest Reviewer)
The Plucker – Brom
Ill Wind – Rachel Caine (Guest Reviewer)
Marked – P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (Guest Reviewer)
Mind Games – Carolyn Crane
Unshapely Things – Mark Del Franco
Halfway to the Grave – Jeanine Frost (Guest Reviewer)
American Gods – Neil Gaimen (Guest Reviewer)
Something From the Nightside – Simon Green
For a Few Demons More – Kim Harrison (Guest Reviewer)

Silver - Rhiannon Held
Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
A Wild Light – Marjorie Liu (Guest Reviewer)
Night Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko
Twilight Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko
Esperanza - Trish MacGregor
Deadly Curiosities - Gail Martin
Delia's Shadow - Jaime Lee Moyer
A Barricade in Hell - Jaime Lee Moyer
Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman
Poltergeist – Kat Richardson (Guest Reviewer)
The Thirteen Hallows - Michael Scott & Colette Freedman (audiobook, read by Kate Reading)
Nightlife – Rob Thurman
Madhouse – Rob Thurman
The Silver Bough – Lisa Tuttle

Night Terrors - Tim Waggoner

Magic Realism
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Paradise - Koji Suzuki

Historical Fiction
The Malice of Fortune - Michael Ennis
Saga: A Novel of Medieval Iceland – Jeff Janoda
Company of Liars – Karen Maitland