Uprooted by Naomi NovikMy rating: 4 of 5 starsFinished! Solid 4 stars. Uprooted was an off-hand recommendation I was able to fish from a public forum, when asking for a solid STANDALONE fantasy book. I've noticed that I got pretty burnt out from the investment the typical fantasy multi-tome story lines require (usually north the … Continue reading Uprooted

Illuminae, The Illuminae Files #1

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffMy rating: 4 of 5 starsSeems like my interest in traditional science fiction tropes has multiplied since the turning of the year. I've missed several important titles in the last two decades, as traditional fantasy has stolen the spotlight within my fictional picks.Enter Illuminae.I read this one in hardback … Continue reading Illuminae, The Illuminae Files #1

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1)

Half a King by Joe AbercrombieMy rating: 4 of 5 starsA very solid 4-star book by Abercrombie. Listened to this one in the audiobook format.The fantasy elements here are tucked down to almost non-existing. There is no magic present, fantasy or similar element. Elves are mentioned throughout as a (highly advanced and perished) ancient civilization. … Continue reading Half a King (Shattered Sea #1)