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Steelflower (2008, Samhain Publishing) 4 stars

Thief, assassin, sellsword—Kaia Steelflower is famous. Well, mostly famous, and mostly for the wrong reasons. …

Steelflower

4 stars

Steelflower was kind of a rollercoaster for me.

The world-building was nice, and I like that it avoided both the elves/orcs/humans/hobbits and fantasy-china/fantasy-italy/etc. tropes - I particularly enjoy the habit the author has of reconstructing words from their components (e.g. telescope => farseer).

I got really annoyed with the main character's level of melodrama and self-victimization around halfway in - I get that it was probably intentional, but I still found it aggravating. Overall I do enjoy that the characters are complex and that the protagonist isn't a perfect chosen one.

I don't feel like there was a whole lot of conclusion at the end, it kind of just segues into the next book without anything really being resolved. …so I immediately started the next book. 🙂

The Bruising of Qilwa (2022, Tachyon Publications) 4 stars

In this intricate debut fantasy introducing a queernormative Persian-inspired world, a nonbinary refugee practitioner of …

Content warning big plot spoilers

The Bruising of Qilwa (2022, Tachyon Publications) 4 stars

In this intricate debut fantasy introducing a queernormative Persian-inspired world, a nonbinary refugee practitioner of …

The Bruising of Qilwa

4 stars

A fantasy thriller in a unique setting with nuanced takes on colonialism, gender, and poverty.

I'll be looking forward to upcoming books in this universe or by Naseem Jamnia

The Old Goat and the Alien 5 stars

Avari keeps to themself. They're a goat-shape cosmoran, a member of the Cleaners' Union, and …

Yet another V banger

5 stars

V is excellent as always.

Going in blindish, I expected a bit more scifi based on the title - instead, I got a wonderful, wholesome space fantasy.

True to form, the characters really shine, and there's a lot for me to identify with in Avari. It was fun to explore a new setting, and although this time the plot didn't have the epic scope of The Beautiful Decay, I was thoroughly invested in the outcome.

Go read The Old Goat and the Alien!

The Water Outlaws (2023, Tor.com) 4 stars

In the jianghu, you break the law to make it your own.

Lin Chong is …

The Water Outlaws

4 stars

Content warning I don't have anything interesting to say without spoilers

Crossing the Line (2004, EOS) 4 stars

Shan Frankland forever abandoned the world she knew to come to the rescue of a …

Crossing the Line

4 stars

It kept very much to the themes of the original: genocide, greed, betrayal, and the sheer amount of damage a few bad-faith actors can do in a system not designed to account for them

Finished just in time for #SFFBookClub sequels month 😅