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Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road #1)

Tess of the Road Book Cover Tess of the Road
Rachel Hartman
February 27, 2018

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences...

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Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (Gold Edition)

Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (Gold Edition) Book Cover Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (Gold Edition)
Ryo Mizuno
Comics & Graphic Novels
Seven Seas
November 7, 2017

Parn, a reckless but passionate swordsman embarks on a quest to discover the source of a great evil overwhelming the country of Lodoss. Joining him are Deedlit, a young elf wielding great magic; Ghim, the tough-asstones dwarf; Etoh, a fledging priest; Slayn, the group's sorcerer; and Woodchuck, their indispensable thief...

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The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1)

The Hundredth Queen Cover
The Hundredth Queen
Emily R. King
Young Adult Fiction
Amazon Children's Publishing
June 1, 2017

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple...

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Review: The Violet Knight

The Violet Knight
The Violet Knight by Yohna
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So this book is slightly better than My Favorite Song ~The Silver Siren~, the other Cross Infinite Worlds title. By that I mean that Luca isn’t a raging misogynist. That being said it’s still a typical shoujo story where the main character tries to do something, often helping her friends, and gets admonished by the males in the story that she should just be a passive doll for saving where she’ll then feel that it’s all her fault that everyone is in trouble because of her.

Whelp, besides the force “marriage”/bonding of Yuki and Luca where she has no idea what it means to be bonded or even what’s going on, we have many nice scenes where she want to do something to save people and after she save a small boy towards the end ...

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Review: 王都炎上 (アルスラーン戦記, #1) [The Heroic Legend of Arslan, book 1]

王都炎上 (アルスラーン戦記, #1) [The Heroic Legend of Arslan, book 1]
王都炎上 (アルスラーン戦記, #1) [The Heroic Legend of Arslan, book 1] by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is probably a better “Game of Thrones”. It’s grimdark, it’s gritty and has “grey morality” however it doesn’t have the rape. The only rape I’ve seen is a short description of what the Lusitainians are doing to emphasize that they are monsters. (They fulfilled their 3 lusts as it was called.) That was it. No long detailed descriptions that the targeted male audience can fap to as ASOFAI has.
As for the story it’s about a King who we think is the good king, but killed his brother to take the throne what that means for Arslan who doesn’t know. All the characters who are trying to figure out what is going on...

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Review: Into the Dim

Into the Dim
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So this book isn’t a complete shit show like some of the other I read. However whenever it feels like it’s on it’s way to being good… it has to throw in something that jut kills the moment.

The book starts out with Hope’s mother missing and them both at the funeral since she’s supposed to be dead. Don’t worry, lots of brown people died for this plot moment as the reason she is suspected of being dead is that there was an earthquake in India that caused the place she was to be lecturing at to collapse and of course since she was supposed to be there they thought she was dead...

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Review: Sunbolt

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow this seemingly self-pub book was actually better than bad (it’s good!).

It’s not without problems, some I’ve mentioned in my musings. Namely how Hitomi is described.
It’s got it’s tropes, (looks 25, black hair… violet eyes!). Note however that there isn’t any romance in this book. There are maybe hints of it, but overall Hitomi refeshingly doesn’t pick up a dude.

, it seems she needs a dudes help to get out of a few of her battles, namely after Kol catches her, namely Val.
Which is something I hated about the book.
“Oh we are running awa– NOPE captured!”
“OK this time FOR REALS runni– NOPE!”
“Alright third times a charm righ– NO!”
Though after the last time she basically (view spoiler)

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