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Rage of Dragons cover REVIEW: Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter - Review by: Ro Moore The Rage of Dragons is the first installment in a new dark fantasy series by Evan Winter. Brace, because this is an action-packed journey marked by friendship, loss, love, betrayal, and a driving need for revenge that sets a young warrior on a path that will…
REVIEW: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney - Alice is the kind of character that Black SFF readers have been begging for.  One that lives in our realities, but whose narrative isn’t solely focused on our pain. The Black experience is a myriad, beautiful thing and we have joy in our existences despite whatever publishing might tell you.…
Cover of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's "Gods of Jade and Shadow" REVIEW: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Review by Sean Dowie [Potential Spoilers Below] Gods of Jade and Shadow is a breath of fresh air for fantasy—even its whiffs of the familiar smell fresh. It’s not another Tolkien epigone with diminishing returns. It understands that we come from a vast, variegated world with plentiful cultures and mythology.…
Cover of Rena Barron's "Kingdom of Souls" REVIEW: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron - Review By: Kerine Wint From now on when I think of young, courageous, selfless heroines in YA, I'll think of Arrah. When I think of fantasy YA for young black teens, I'll think of Kingdom of Souls.  The first thing that crossed my mind (after "When is Rena Barron's next…
trail of lightning full cover REVIEW: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse - (Disclaimer: This book is full of Indigenous worldbuilding. The reviewer in question is not Indigenous and is thus nowhere near the best source for thoughts/critique in those areas of the novel.  Our suggestions would be to take what you will from this, but to look to Indigenous reviewers as your…
"REVIEW" in Black and gold We Can Talk about Books Too: A Statement of Intent - Thinking critically about stories probably came along only seconds after the first one was told. People have no shortage of thoughts and feelings about the endless stories humanity has to offer. But in publishing, we noticed a group of voices not getting much room to talk. A short time ago,…
icon for novel Lost Gods by Micah Yongo FIYAH Reviews: LOST GODS by Micah Yongo - Lost Gods By Micah Yongo A FIYAH REVIEW from Brent Lambert The first and most immediate thing that I can say I loved about this novel was its sense of identity.  There’s an issue with constructing secondary worlds in which the world can feel like a non-cohesive hodgepodge of elements…
Twelve Days cover icon Five Reasons that TWELVE DAYS is a boss novel. - Blackness that doesn’t have to apologize or explain itself – So often in media (yes, even still in 2017), black characters are expected to justify their existence in a narrative. We have to be black for a “reason” or its pandering. Or it’s unnecessary. Or it takes away from the…
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