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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Kristen Britain's Green Rider, first volume in the NYT bestselling Green Rider series, for only 1.99$ here. You can download it for the same price in Canada here.

Here's the blurb:

On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G'ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by a galloping horse bursting from the woods, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows.

As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of King Zachary. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the "life and death" message he’s carrying and to complete his mission "for love of her country." The man gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office, bestowing upon Karigan the title of Green Rider and changing her life forever. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

Green Rider is the first installment of the acclaimed Green Rider series.

Kushiel's Scion


As I mentioned in my reviews of Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar, I felt incredibly dumb to have waited for over a decade to finally give the first Kushiel series a shot. The first two installments were great. And yet, regardless of their high quality, Kushiel's Avatar blew them out of the water. Doubtless, it's one of the very best fantasy novels I have ever read.

Dumb as I am, I don't intend to make the same mistake with Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy, the second trilogy set in the same universe. I was a bit concerned because this new series would feature Imriel's point of view instead of Phèdre's perspective. But overall, the boy's POV nearly worked as well as that of his foster mother at a younger age. And although Kushiel's Dart had more going for it than Kushiel's Scion as the opening chapter in a larger, more complex tale, it's obvious that the author has a lot more in store for young Imriel and his entourage. And I'm definitely looking forward to what comes next!

This first volume had big shoes to fill. After all, Carey's first Kushiel trilogy is, in my humble opinion, one of the most awesome speculative fiction series of all time. Kushiel's Avatar, which garnered a perfect score from me, was the culmination of a panoply of convoluted plotlines that had been built over the course of three books. With that novel being such a grand slam, perhaps it raised the bar too high and created lofty expectations that could not possibly be met by whatever would follow. To all ends and purposes, Kushiel's Scion turned out to be a transition novel bridging the gap between the two Kushiel trilogies and an introduction setting the stage for what will take place in the two subsequent installments. And though it may not be as satisfying as its predecessor, Kushiel's Scion is nevertheless head and shoulders above pretty much everything else on the market today.

Here's the blurb:

Imriel de la Courcel's birth parents are history's most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phedre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions.

Stolen, tortured and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood; third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies---and there are many who would see the young prince dead. Some despise him out of hatred for his mother, Melisande, who nearly destroyed the entire realm in her quest for power. Others because they fear he has inherited his mother's irresistible allure---and her dangerous gifts.

As he comes of age, plagued by unwanted desires, Imriel shares their fears. When a simple act of friendship traps Imriel in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess and where a dead man leads an army, the Prince must face his greatest test: to find his true self.

In the past, Jacqueline Carey's worldbuilding has been absolutely astonishing. The backdrop for this fantasy universe isn't the habitual European medieval environment. It is more akin to the Renaissance era and it is set in an alternate version of Western Europe. With each new book, the author took us on fabulous journeys that enabled readers to discover more about her universe and she never disappointed in doing so. Richly detailed and imagined in terms of cultures, religions, and politics, like its predecessors Kushiel's Scion is another textured and sophisticated novel that hits all the right buttons. However, the novel is not as dense and sprawling as the first trilogy and the action is limited to Terre d'Ange (France) and Tiberium (Rome) and its surrounding. And as has been the case with all the Kushiel installments thus far, the web of murder and political intrigue that Carey wove through this one is as incredible and unexpected as the politicking of such masters as George R. R. Martin and Katherine Kurtz. Moreover, revelations about the Unseen Guild turned things up a notch.

As I've been saying since the beginning, Jacqueline Carey writes with an elegance that reminds me of Guy Gavriel Kay at his best. I've always been a plot kind of guy, and thus I rarely praise a writer's prose. Be that as it may, Carey's prose is something really special and I have a feeling that it could well be the very best in the genre today. Even the darkest and more shocking scenes are written with a distinctive literary grace that makes them even more powerful than they would be in the hands of a less gifted author. Once again in Kushiel's Scion, her gripping prose creates an imagery filled with wonder and beauty that never fails to enthrall. And like Robin Hobb, Carey also possesses a subtle human touch which imbues some scenes with even more emotional impact. Finally, again à la Hobb, Carey makes her characters suffer like few other genre authors. Given the dark and disturbing events that Imriel was forced to live through in Kushiel's Avatar, you would have thought that the poor guy deserves a break. Alas, like FitzChivalry, it appears that fate is not done with Imriel. Not by a long shot.

Some readers have complained about the novel's structure. Yes, about one third of it focuses on Imriel's teenage years and people have criticized the fact that not much actually takes place. That may be true, but I believe that these chapters were necessary to bridge the gap between the two trilogies. Not only that, but it was also important to give Imriel a voice and establish what sort of person he is. Living under the woke of the Mahrkagir of Drujan has left the boy scarred physically, psychologically, and emotionally. And in order to find his true self, Imriel needs to learn how to deal with the pain associated with those disturbing memories. That won't be easy and that first portion of Kushiel's Scion was required in order to establish Imriel as a three-dimensional protagonist and to provide the character growth needed for him to become a young adult eager to find and prove himself. In addition, from a purely selfish standpoint, for me it was a pleasure to get reaquainted with Phèdre, Joscelin, Ti-Philippe, and the rest of the household. Some scenes are uplifting and bring a smile to your face, while others will break your heart.

In all of my reviews so far, I mentioned that a woman who embraces her sexuality can be quite intimidating to men. Even more so, I opined, to male SFF geeks. I felt that Phèdre's disconcerting (according to many, even in today's Western society) sexuality, what with it being tinged with sadomasochism, undoubtedly had something to do with the fact that the Kushiel novels were not held in such high esteem as some of the boys' club favorites like Sanderson, Rothfuss, Lynch, and Abercrombie. I also believe that Phèdre's sexuality and the way sex is portrayed and used throughout these books certainly have something to do with the fact that Carey's novels seldom make the cut when feminist SFF bloggers/reviewers suggest books and series written by female SFF authors to read. And, once more, I must admit that the world is a much poorer place for that oversight. It is too easy to simply focus on the sexuality which permeates every aspect of these novels. Alas, too many people do just that. True, sexuality lies at the heart of these books. But there is so much more than that. These storylines are filled with a myriad of nuances and nothing is ever black or white. Those who found that there was too much sex in the first trilogy will be happy to know that things are a bit toned down in Kushiel's Scion. Probably not because the author felt that this was needed, but because Imriel has a hard time coming to terms with his own sexuality. As I mentioned, the abuse the boy suffered at the hands of the Mahrkagir of Drujan and his court left Imriel unwilling to embrace that part of himself and this shapes the narrative in various ways as he grows toward adulthood.

I knew from the start that I would miss the first person narrative of Phèdre nó Delaunay. As a deeply flawed character, her strengths and weaknesses made her genuine and her perspective, that of an older woman relating the tale of her past, misled readers on several occasions by playing with their expectations. I liked how Phèdre's strenghts often became her weaknesses and vice versa. Structurally speaking, Imriel de la Courcel's point of view follows the same path. It's unclear exactly how old the narrator is, but the Imriel relating the story of his life in this new series definitely isn't a young man anymore. Female authors/readers often complain that male authors have a hard time writing authentic girls/women. That may be true, yet the same goes for a lot of female authors, especially when they try to portray younger boys, teenagers, or young adults. I've been reading SFF novels for over thirty years and the only one who has managed to do it right was Robin Hobb in Assassin's Apprentice. I recognized myself in so many scenes as I watched young Fitz grow up that it blew my mind. Jacqueline Carey managed to do the same with Imriel in this book. Sexuality aside, once again reading about the prince's teenage years brought me back to my own adolescence, time and time again. As has become the author's wont, the supporting cast is comprised of a variety of three-dimensional and genuine men and women. Most of them, in their own way, through their interactions with Imriel, add even more layers to an already complicated plot. Beyond Phèdre, Joscelin and Imriel, Kushiel's Scion would never have been such an amazing read without the presence of such characters as Queen Ysandre, Drustan mab Necthana, Ti-Philippe, Master Piero, Lucius Tadius, Claudia Fulvia, Canis, and many more. As a confused and lonely teenager, Imriel's relationships with Sidonie and Alais de la Courcel, especially the particular bond he shares with the younger princess, the one with his traveling companion Gilot, as well as his deep and unexpected friendship with Eamonn mac Grainne, evelate the characterization to yet another level. As was the case with the first trilogy, à la Mark Lawrence, Robin Hobb, and L. E. Modessit, jr., Jacqueline Carey refuses to follow the path of least resistance and her characters remain true to themselves till the very end. For good or ill, it goes without saying.

Weighing in at more than 900 pages, Kushiel's Scion is another doorstopper of a book. The first third focusing on Imriel's growing pains does slow down the rhythm and the pace is not as fluid as what the previous Kushiel installments accustomed us to. And yet, Carey always had a knack for coming up with plot twists that suck you in and won't let go and she has quite a few surprises up her sleeve. Hence, even though certain portions are more slow-moving, this one is another sophisticated and multilayered read full of wonder and sensuality. Written on an scale that is not as epic as that of its predecessors, the author nonetheless did it again with an elegance rarely seen in the genre. Edgy and sexy, like the Kushiel novels that came before, this new one is complex, intriguing, and ultimately rewarding.

Kushiel's Avatar was a memorable conclusion to a phenomenal fantasy series. With such a perfect finale, Jacqueline Carey set the bar incredibly high for what came next. As the first volume in a brand new trilogy, Kushiel's Scion couldn't live up to such high expectations. And yet, with all the groundwork laid out within its pages, the novel sets the stage for what should be another amazing and convoluted series.

Highly recommended!

The final verdict: 8.5/10

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There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon -- each of whom has lived among Earth's mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle -- are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he's a really nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . .

First published in 1990, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's brilliantly dark and screamingly funny take on humankind's final judgment is back -- and just in time -- in a new hardcover edition (which includes an introduction by the authors, comments by each about the other, and answers to some still-burning questions about their wildly popular collaborative effort) that the devout and the damned alike will surely cherish until the end of all things.

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Joe Abercrombie's Half a King for only 2.99$ here. It's available for the same price in Canada here, and for £1.99 in UK here.

Here's the blurb:

“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

The deceived will become the deceiver.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

The betrayed will become the betrayer.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

Will the usurped become the usurper?

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

This week's New York Times Bestsellers (January 9th)

In hardcover:

Alexander Freed's Rogue One is up five spots, finishing the week at number 11.

Michael Chabon’s Moonglow is down four positions, ending the week at number 15.

In paperback:

Ernest Cline's Ready Player One is down two spots, finishing the week at number 12 (trade paperback).

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When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be… Luck in the Shadows.

New Index

Man, 2017 already. Just a few days ago, the Hotlist turned twelve years old. And with 524 book reviews thus far, I don't know how many interviews, and countless genre-related post as well as a lot of unrelated crap, I thought it was about time to update the index.

After all, even though I kept updating it every time I reviewed a new novel, the original post dated from 2010. It was high time to come up with a new one! And since this has been a popular request for years, each entry now comes with the score I gave as my final verdict. It was odd to realize that I wasn't always as demanding. . .

Here's what happened so far in case you missed it. . .;-)
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2005

JANUARY

- The Book of Words (J. V. Jones) 7/10
- Children of Amarid (David B. Coe) 8.5/10
- The Outlanders (David B. Coe) 9/10
- Eagle-Sage (David B. Coe) 9/10

FEBRUARY

- Shadowmarch (Tad Williams) 7/10
- Ship of Magic (Robin Hobb) 9/10
- Mad Ship (Robin Hobb) 9/10
- Ship of Destiny (Robin Hobb) 9/10

MARCH

- The Runes of the Earth (Stephen R. Donaldson) 9/10
- David B. Coe interview
- Tad Williams interview
- The Silences of Home (Caitlin Sweet)
- Quicksilver (Neal Stephenson) 8.5/10

APRIL

- L. E. Modesitt, jr. interview
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Matthew Stover)
- The Confusion (Neal Stephenson) 9/10
- The System of the World (Neal Stephenson) 9/10

MAY

- The Darkness that Comes Before (R. Scott Bakker) 8/10
- The Warrior-Prophet (R. Scott Bakker) 8/10
- Fool's Errand (Robin Hobb) 9/10
- Golden Fool (Robin Hobb) 9/10
- The Contiki Experience

JUNE

- Fool's Fate (Robin Hobb) 10/10
- It's Only Temporary (Eric Shapiro)
- In the King's Service (Katherine Kurtz) 8/10
- The Curse of Chalion (Lois McMaster Bujold) 6.5/10
- Paladin of Souls (Lois McMaster Bujold) 6.5/10

JULY

- Robin Hobb interview
- The Years of Rice and Salt (Kim Stanley Robinson) 9/10
- Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) 8/10

AUGUST

- The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman) 7/10
- The Subtle Knife (Philip Pullman) 7.5/10
- The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman) 7/10
- Dune: The Butlerian Jihad (Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson) 9/10

SEPTEMBER

- Dune: The Machine Crusade (Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson) 7/10
- Dune: The Battle of Corrin (Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson) 6.5/10
- Shaman's Crossing (Robin Hobb) 8/10

OCTOBER

- One Palestine, Complete (Tom Segev)
- Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman) 9/10
- Knife of Dreams (Robert Jordan) 10/10
- Legacies (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 7.5/10
- Bloodline of the Holy Grail (Laurence Gardner)

NOVEMBER

- Darknesses (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 8/10
- Scepters (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 8/10
- Thud! (Terry Pratchett) 9/10
- Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Carrie Vaughn) 8/10

DECEMBER

- The Thousandfold Thought (R. Scott Bakker) 9.5/10
- The Radioactive Redhead (John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem) 7/10
- Giants of the Frost (Kim Wilkins) 7.5/10
- Elantris (Brandon Sanderson) 7.5/10
- R. Scott Bakker interview
- Lord of Snow and Shadows (Sarah Ash) 7/10

2006

JANUARY

- Steven Erikson interview
- Prisoner of the Ironsea Tower (Sarah Ash) 7/10
- Children of the Serpent Gate (Sarah Ash) 6.5/10
- The Amber Wizard (David Forbes) 7.5/10

FEBRUARY

- Steven Erikson interview
- Gardens of the Moon (Steven Erikson) 9/10
- Naomi Novik interview
- The Rule of Four (Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason) 7.5/10
- Brandon Sanderson interview
- Talon of the Silver Hawk (Raymond E. Feist) 6.5/10
- David Eddings interview
- Deadhouse Gates (Steven Erikson) 9.5/10
- King of Foxes (Raymond E. Feist) 6/10

MARCH

- Paul Kearney interview
- His Majesty's Dragon / Temeraire (Naomi Novik) 8/10
- Memories of Ice (Steven Erikson) 10/10
- In the Eye of Heaven (David Keck) 7/10
- David Keck interview

APRIL

- Exile's Return (Raymond E. Feist) 6.5/10
- House of Chains (Steven Erikson) 9/10
- Throne of Jade (Naomi Novik) 8.5/10
- Caitlin Sweet interview

MAY

- George R. R. Martin interview
- Ian Cameron Esslemont interview
- City of Saints and Madmen (Jeff Vandermeer) 7/10
- Tracy and Laura Hickman interview
- Jacqueline Carey interview
- Midnight Tides (Steven Erikson) 9/10
- Black Powder War (Naomi Novik) 8/10
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch) 8/10
- Robin Hobb interview

JUNE

- Ian Cameron Esslemont interview
- Vellum (Hal Duncan) 9/10
- Scott Lynch interview
- Zodiac (Neal Stephenson) 8/10
- Kitty goes to Washington (Carrie Vaughn) 8/10

JULY

- Carrie Vaughn interview
- Twilight Falling (Paul S. Kemp) 7/10
- The Bonehunters (Steven Erikson) 9.5/10
- Dawn of Night (Paul S. Kemp) 6.5/10
- Forest Mage (Robin Hobb) 8/10

AUGUST

- Midnight's Mask (Paul S. Kemp) 7/10
- Mistborn: The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson) 7.5/10
- The Mark of Ran (Paul Kearney) 8/10
- This Forsaken Earth (Paul Kearney) 7.5/10
- Night of Knives (Ian Cameron Esslemont) 8/10
- Lonely Planet Bluelist

SEPTEMBER

- Flight of the Nighthawks (Raymond E. Feist) 8/10
- A Game of Thrones (George R. R. Martin) 9/10
- Melanie Rawn interview
- Into a Dark Realm (Raymond E. Feist) 7/10
- Joel Shepherd interview
- Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) 8/10

OCTOBER

- Fragile Things (Neil Gaiman) 8/10
- Crossover (Joel Shepherd) 8/10
- River of Gods (Ian McDonald) 9/10

NOVEMBER

- Spellbinder (Melanie Rawn) 7.5/10
- Ian McDonald interview
- A Clash of Kings (George R. R. Martin) 9/10
- The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie) 7.5/10

DECEMBER

- Winterbirth (Brian Ruckley) 8/10
- Joe Abercrombie interview
- The Crooked Letter (Sean Williams) 8/10
- Orson Scott Card interview
- Brian Ruckley interview
- Peter Watts interview
- Blindsight (Peter Watts) 8/10

2007

JANUARY

- Guy Gavriel Kay interview
- The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) 7.5/10
- Ysabel (Guy Gavriel Kay) 8.5/10
- Dan Simmons interview
- Ink (Hal Duncan) 9.25/10
- China Miéville interview

FEBRUARY

- Unclean (Richard Lee Byars) 6/10
- Tad Williams interview
- The Terror (Dan Simmons) 8/10
- Keeping it Real (Justina Robson) 7/10

MARCH

- C. S. Friedman interview
- Before They Are Hanged (Joe Abercrombie) 7.5/10
- Hal Duncan interview
- Joe Abercrombie interview
- Reaper's Gale (Steven Erikson) 9.5/10
- Patrick Rothfuss interview
- Kitty Takes a Holiday (Carrie Vaughn) 7.5/10

APRIL

- Shadowplay (Tad Williams) 7/10
- Ian Cameron Esslemont interview
- Jacqueline Carey interview
- Breakaway (Joel Shepherd) 7.5/10
- Richard Morgan interview

MAY

- Brasyl (Ian McDonald) 9/10
- Red Seas under Red Skies (Scott Lynch) 8/10
- Black Man/Thirteen (Richard Morgan) 9.5/10
- Ian McDonald interview
- The Lees of Laughter's End (Steven Erikson) 7.5/10

JUNE

- Dragons of the Dwarven Depths (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman) 6.75/10
- David Bilsborough interview
- The Night Watch (Sergei Lukyanenko) 8/10
- After Dark (Haruki Murakami) 7.5/10
- Gail Z. Martin interview
- David Anthony Durham interview
- Renegade's Magic (Robin Hobb) 8/10
- The Wanderer's Tale (David Bilsborough) 5/10
- Dragons of the Highlord Skies (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman) 6.75/10

JULY

- Robin Hobb interview
- Cry of the Newborn (James Barclay) 7.5/10
- Peter F. Hamilton interview
- The Electric Church (Jeff Somers) 7.5/10
- Tobias S. Buckell interview
- The Traveler (John Twelve Hawks) 8.5/10

AUGUST

- Daniel Abraham interview
- Feast of Souls (C. S. Friedman) 8/10
- The Dark River (John Twelve Hawks) 8/10
- Scott Lynch interview
- Steven Erikson interview
- Hunter's Run (George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham) 7.5/10
- George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham interview

SEPTEMBER

- Wizard of the Crow (Ngugi Wa Thiong'o) 7/10
- Making Money (Terry Pratchett) 7.5/10
- Jeff Somers interview
- Empire of Ivory (Naomi Novik) 8/10
- Fatal Revenant (Stephen R. Donaldson) 8/10

OCTOBER

- Stephen R. Donaldson interview
- The Well of Ascension (Brandon Sanderson) 6/10
- Spook Country (William Gibson) 7/10
- The Privilege of the Sword (Ellen Kushner) 6/10
- Katherine Kurtz interview
- Killswitch (Joel Shepherd) 7.75/10

NOVEMBER

- Devices and Desires (K. J. Parker) 7/10
- Dreamsongs, Volume 1 (George R. R. Martin) 8/10
- J. V. Jones interview
- Knights of the Black and White (Jack Whyte) 7.25/10
- Wild Cards interview with George R. R. Martin and co.

DECEMBER

- Acacia: The War with the Mein (David Anthony Durham) 6.75/10
- Inside Straight (George R. R. Martin and co.) 8/10
- Paragaea: A Planetary Romance (Chris Roberson) 6.75/10
- The Devil You Know (Mike Carey) 7.5/10

2008

JANUARY

- Last Dragon (J. M. McDermott) 6.75/10
- A Storm of Swords (George R. R. Martin) 10/10
- American Gods (Neil Gaiman) 9/10
- R. Scott Bakker interview
- Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Carrie Vaughn) 7.5/10
- James Barclay interview

FEBRUARY

- Bright of the Sky (Kay Kenyon) 7.5/10
- MAD about Star Wars (Jonathan Bresman) 7/10
- Last Argument of Kings (Joe Abercrombie) 8/10
- Wrath of a Mad God (Raymond E. Feist) 7/10

MARCH

- A Magic of Twilight (S. L. Farrell) 7.5/10
- Alastair Reynolds interview
- Neuropath (R. Scott Bakker) 9/10
- The Secret History of Moscow (Ekaterina Sedia) 8.5/10
- S. L. Farrell interview
- The Shadow Year (Jeffrey Ford) 8/10
- The Last Wish (Andrzej Sapkowski) 6.75/10

APRIL

- The Day Watch (Sergei Lukyanenko) 8/10
- R. Scott Bakker interview
- The Gunslinger (Stephen King) 7.5/10
- Kay Kenyon interview
- Bloodheir (Brian Ruckley) 8/10
- The Edge of Reason (Melinda Snodgrass) 7.75/10
- The Digital Plague (Jeff Somers) 7.75/10

MAY

- Infoquake (David Louis Edelman) 8/10
- Victory of Eagles (Naomi Novik) 7.75/10
- Return of the Crimson Guard (Ian Cameron Esslemont) 8.5/10
- The Man Who Turned Into Himself (David Ambrose) 7.5/10

JUNE

- The Steel Remains (Richard Morgan) 7.5/10
- Toll the Hounds (Steven Erikson) 9/10
- Backup (Jim Butcher) 7.5/10
- Stonefather (Orson Scott Card) 5/10

JULY

- The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) 10/10
- Adrian Tchaikovsky interview
- Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson) 8/10

AUGUST

- Chris Evans interview
- MultiReal (David Louis Edelman) 8/10
- Melinda Snodgrass interview
- Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 7.25/10
- Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim (Tom Corwin and Craig Frazier)
- The Alchemy of Stone (Ekaterina Sedia) 7/10
- David Louis Edelman interview

SEPTEMBER

- Chronicles of the Black Company (Glen Cook) 8/10
- The Mirrored Heavens (David J. Williams) 7.5/10
- Ad Lib Column: Tobias S. Buckell
- The Way of Shadows (Brent Weeks) 7/10
- Ad Lib Column: Adrian Tchaikovsky
- David J. Williams interview
- The Ten Thousand (Paul Kearney) 8/10

OCTOBER

- Brent Weeks interview
- Peter V. Brett interview
- Ian Cameron Esslemont interview
- The Company (K. J. Parker) 7.75/10
- Paul Kearney interview
- Tales of the Dying Earth (Jack Vance) 5/10

NOVEMBER

- Tom Lloyd interview
- The Judging Eye (R. Scott Bakker) 9/10
- Busted Flush (edited by George R. R. Martin) 7.5/10
- Empire in Black and Gold (Adrian Tchaikovsky) 6.5/10
- The Engine's Child (Holly Phillips) 6.25/10

DECEMBER

- The Hero of Ages (Brandon Sanderson) 7/10
- Graceling (Kristin Cashore) 6.75/10
- Wild Cards interview with George R. R. Martin and the Busted Flush contributors
- The Travel Book (Lonely Planet) 10/10
- Ad Lib Column: Lilith Saintcrow
- A World Too Near (Kay Kenyon) 7.75/10
- The Six Directions of Space (Alastair Reynolds) 7.75/10
- Storm Front (Jim Butcher) 7.75/10
- Bones of the Dragon (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman) 6/10

2009

JANUARY

- Wings of Wrath (C. S. Friedman) 9/10
- Muse of Fire (Dan Simmons) 7.5/10
- R. Scott Bakker interview
- Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Carrie Vaughn) 7.5/10
- Ken Scholes interview
- Glen Cook interview
- The Books of the South (Glen Cook) 7.25/10

FEBRUARY

- Cyberabad Days (Ian McDonald) 8.5/10
- C. S. Friedman interview
- A Fantasy Medley (edited by Yanni Kuznia) 7.5/10
- The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death (Charlie Huston) 7.5/10
- A Fine and Private Place (Peter S. Beagle) 7.75/10

MARCH

- City Without End (Kay Kenyon) 8/10
- Imager (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 7.75/10
- How the Dead Dream (Lydia Millet) 7.5/10

APRIL

- Twelve (Jasper Kent) 8.5/10
- The City & the City (China Miéville) 8/10
- The Burning Skies (David J. Williams) 8/10
- Purple and Black (K. J. Parker) 7.5/10

MAY

- Nights of Villjamur (Mark Charan Newton) 7.25/10
- Best Served Cold (Joe Abercrombie) 8.5/10

JUNE

- Patient Zero (Jonathan Maberry) 7.75/10
- Fire Raiser (Melanie Rawn) 7.5/10
- Fall of Thanes (Brian Ruckley) 8.75/10

JULY

- The Angel's Game (Carlos Ruiz Zafón) 9/10
- Dust of Dreams (Steven Erikson) 9.5/10
- Fool Moon (Jim Butcher) 7.75/10
- Retribution Falls (Chris Wooding) 7.5/10

AUGUST

- Lamentation (Ken Scholes) 7.5/10
- Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009

SEPTEMBER

- Consider Phlebas (Iain M. Banks) 7.5/10
- The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Neil Gaiman)
- Child of Fire (Harry Connolly) 7.5/10
- Princess Mononoke (film directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
- Spirited Away (film directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
- Peter & Max (Bill Willingham) 7.25/10
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (film directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
- 5 cm per Second (film directed by Makoto Shinkai)
- The Sandman: The Doll's House (Neil Gaiman)

OCTOBER

-The Place Promised in our Early Days (film directed by Makoto Shinkai)
- A Magic of Nightfall (S. L. Farrell) 8.25/10
- Sword of the Stranger (film directed by Masahiro Ando)
- The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown) 7.5/10
- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (film directed by Shinichiro Watanabe)
- The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (Peter V. Brett) 7.5/10
- The Sandman: Dream Country (Neil Gaiman)
- My Neighbor Totoro (film directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (film directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue)
- The Gathering Storm (Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson) 7.75/10

NOVEMBER

- The Sandman: Season of Mists (Neil Gaiman)
- The Eternal Prison (Jeff Somers) 8/10
- Ghost in the Shell (film directed by Mamoru Oshii)
- The Sandman: A Game of You (Neil Gaiman)
- Tokyo Godfathers (film directed by Satoshi Kon)
- The Dragon Keeper (Robin Hobb) 7.5/10
- The Golden City (John Twelve Hawks) 7.25/10
- Howl's Moving Castle (film directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
- Mark Charan Newton interview
- The Sandman: Fables & Reflections (Neil Gaiman)
- Thousandth Night & Minla's Flowers (Alastair Reynolds) 8.25/10

DECEMBER

- Voices of a Distant Star (film directed by Makoto Shinkai)
- Suicide Kings (edited by George R. R. Martin) 7.75/10
- Robin Hobb interview
- The Magicians (Lev Grossman) 6.75/10
- The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi) 8.25/10
- The Sandman: Brief Lives (Neil Gaiman)
- Unseen Academicals (Terry Pratchett) 6/10
- Steven Erikson interview

2010

JANUARY

- Horus Rising (Dan Abnett) 7.5/10
- Ponyo (film directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
- Joe Abercrombie interview
- The Sandman: World's End (Neil Gaiman)
- Prince of Storms (Kay Kenyon) 8.25/10

FEBRUARY

- Arms-Commander (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 7.5/10
- The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed (Patrick Rothfuss)
- Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (Seth Grahame-Smith) 7.25/10
- The Wit & the Wisdom of Discworld (Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett) 7.5/10
- Kitty Raises Hell (Carrie Vaughn) 7.75/10
- Kitty's House of Horrors (Carrie Vaughn) 7.5/10
- Altered Carbon (Richard Morgan) 10/10

MARCH

- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson) 10/10
- The Girl Who Played With Fire (Stieg Larsson) 9/10
- Warriors (Edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) 8/10
- Under Heaven (Guy Gavriel Kay) 10/10

APRIL

- Boys Will Be Boys (Jeff Pearlman)
- Geosynchron (David Louis Edelman) 8.5/10
- Guy Gavriel Kay interview
- Spellwright (Blake Charlton) 7.5/10
- Grave of the Fireflies (film directed by Isao Takahata)
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Stieg Larsson) 10/10

MAY

- Blood Follows (Steven Erikson) 7.5/10
- The Healthy Dead (Steven Erikson) 7.5/10
- Tongues of Serpents (Naomi Novik) 6.75/10
- Brandon Sanderson interview

JUNE

- The Drawing of the Three (Stephen King) 8/10
- Swords & Dark Magic (edited by Lou Anders and Jonathan Strahan) 7/10
- The Dervish House (Ian McDonald) 10/10
- Crack'd Pot Trail (Steven Erikson) 6/10

JULY

- Grave Peril (Jim Butcher) 7.5/10
- Bitter Seeds (Ian Tregillis) 8/10
- Leviathan Wept and Other Stories (Daniel Abraham) 8/10
- Shadow's Son (Jon Sprunk) 7.25/10
- Thirteen Years Later (Jasper Kent) 8/10
- The Machinery of Light (David J. Williams) 8.25/10

AUGUST

- Ian Tregillis interview
- Hyperion (Dan Simmons) 9.5/10
- Who Fears Death (Nnedi Okorafor) 7.75/10
- Peter F. Hamilton interview
- Blue and Gold (K. J. Parker) 7.75/10

SEPTEMBER

- The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Phil Athans)
- Brandon Sanderson interview
- The Terminal State (Jeff Somers) 7.75/10
- The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson) 7.5/10
- The Painted Man/The Warded Man (Peter V. Brett) 7.75/10

OCTOBER

- Against All Things Ending (Stephen R. Donaldson) 7/10
- Game of Cages (Harry Connolly) 7.5/10
- Stonewielder (Ian Cameron Esslemont) 9/10
- Disciple of the Dog (R. Scott Bakker) 7.75/10

NOVEMBER

- Towers of Midnight (Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson) 8/10
- City of Ruin (Mark Charan Newton) 7.5/10
- The Executioness (Tobias S. Buckell) 7.5/10
- Shadowrise (Tad Williams) 8/10

DECEMBER

- Songs of Love & Death (edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) 8/10
- Dragon Haven (Robin Hobb) 7.5/10
- The White-Luck Warrior (R. Scott Bakker) 8.5/10
- Shadowheart (Tad Williams) 7.75/10

2011

JANUARY

- The Alchemist (Paolo Bacigalupi) 7.5/10
- The Wise Man's Fear (Patrick Rothfuss) 8/10
- The Crippled God (Steven Erikson) 9.5/10
- The Lifecycle of Software Objects (Ted Chiang) 8.5/10

FEBRUARY

- Wild Cards I (edited by George R. R. Martin) 7.75/10
- The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Mark Hodder) 7.75/10
- Brayan's Gold (Peter V. Brett) 7.5/10
- Ares Express (Ian McDonald) 7.75/10

MARCH

- Imager's Challenge (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 7.75/10
- The Heroes (Joe Abercrombie) 8/10
- Peter Orullian interview
- Corvus (Paul Kearney) 8/10
- Mark Lawrence interview
- The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Mark Hodder) 7.5/10

APRIL

- Childe Morgan (Katherine Kurtz) 7.75/10
- Steven Erikson interview
- The Dragon's Path (Daniel Abraham) 7.25/10
- Summer Knight (Jim Butcher) 8/10
- Legacy of Kings (C. S. Friedman) 9/10
- Paul Kearney interview
- Joe Abercrombie interview

MAY

- A Feast for Crows (George R. R. Martin) 7.75/10
- Chasm City (Alastair Reynolds) 9.75/10
- Star Wars: Choices of One (Timothy Zahn) 7.75/10

JUNE

- R. Scott Bakker interview
- The Unremembered (Peter Orullian) 6.5/10
- Leviathan Wakes (James S. A. Corey) 8.5/10
- Troika (Alastair Reynolds) 8/10
- The Five (Robert McCammon) 8.25/10

JULY

- Prince of Thorns (Mark Lawrence) 7.75/10
- A Dance With Dragons (George R. R. Martin) 9/10
- Embassytown (China Miéville) 6.75/10
- The Quantum Thief (Hannu Rajaniemi) 7.25/10
- The Prince of Mist (Carlos Ruiz Zafón) 7.5/10
- R. Scott Bakker interview (part 2)

AUGUST

- Hawkwood and the Kings (Paul Kearney) 7.75/10
- The Inheritance and Other Stories (Robin Hobb / Megan Lindholm) 8/10
- The Edinburgh Dead (Brian Ruckley) 7.5/10

SEPTEMBER

- The Third Section (Jasper Kent) 8/10
- Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami) 7.5/10
- The Whisperer (Donato Carrisi) 10/10

OCTOBER

- The Midnight Palace (Carlos Ruiz Zafón) 6/10
- The Diviner (Melanie Rawn) 8/10
- Kitty's Greatest Hits (Carrie Vaughn) 8/10
- Manhattan in Reverse (Peter F. Hamilton) 8/10
- The Alloy of Law (Brandon Sanderson) 7.5/10

NOVEMBER

- The Hypnotist (Lars Kepler) 7.75/10
- Shadows West (Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale) 7.5/10
- The Final Evolution (Jeff Somers) 7.75/10
- Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Michael Moorcock) 7.5/10

DECEMBER

- The Winds of Khalakovo (Bradley P. Beaulieu) 8/10
- House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski) 6/10

2012

JANUARY


- The Waste Lands (Stephen King) 8.5/10
- Dominion (C. S. Friedman) 8/10
- Throne of the Crescent Moon (Saladin Ahmed) 7.5/10
- Death Masks (Jim Butcher) 8.25/10
- Fort Freak (edited by George R. R. Martin) 7.5/10
- Planesrunner (Ian McDonald) 7.75/10

FEBRUARY

- Crucible of Gold (Naomi Novik) 6.75/10
- Kitty Goes to War (Carrie Vaughn) 7.75/10
- Orb Sceptre Throne (Ian Cameron Esslemont) 7.5/10
- A Stark and Wormy Knight (Tad Williams) 7.5/10

MARCH

- The Whitefire Crossing (Courtney Schafer) 7.5/10
- Saladin Ahmed interview
- Bradley P. Beaulieu interview
- The Book of Transformations (Mark Charan Newton) 7/10
- City of Dragons (Robin Hobb) 7.5/10
- Shadow Ops: Control Point (Myke Cole) 8/10

APRIL

- The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band (Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss) 10/10
- Kings of the Morning (Paul Kearney) 9/10
- The Straits of Galahesh (Bradley P. Beaulieu) 8.5/10

MAY

- God's War (Kameron Hurley) 9.5/10
- The Night Sessions (Ken MacLeod) 8.25/10
- Spellbound (Blake Charlton) 7/10

JUNE

- Legion (Brandon Sanderson) 7.75/10
- The Coldest War (Ian Tregillis) 9/10
- Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson) 8/10
- Fevre Dream (George R. R. Martin) 7.75/10

JULY

- The Wurms of Blearmouth (Steven Erikson) 7.75/10
- The Pillars of Hercules (David Constantine) 7/10
- Forge of Darkness (Steven Erikson) 8/10
- Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom) 10/10

AUGUST

- Scourge of the Betrayer (Jeff Salyards) 7.25/10
- One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez) 5/10
- My Name is Red (Orhan Pamuk) 8.5/10

SEPTEMBER

- The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Tad Williams) 7.75/10
- The Prisoner of Heaven (Carlos Ruiz Zafón) 8.5/10
- King of Thorns (Mark Lawrence) 7.75/10

OCTOBER

- Caliban's War (James S. A. Corey) 9/10
- Infidel (Kameron Hurley) 8/10
- A Fantasy Medley 2 (edited by Yanni Kuznia) 7.5/10

NOVEMBER

- The Cold Commands (Richard Morgan) 7.5/10
- Red Country (Joe Abercrombie) 8/10
- Engraved on the Eye (Saladin Ahmed) 7.75/10
- Dreamsongs, Volume 2 (George R. R. Martin) 9.5/10

DECEMBER

- The Passage (Justin Cronin) 8/10
- Rapture (Kameron Hurley) 9/10

2013

JANUARY

- Blood and Bone (Ian Cameron Esslemont) 6/10
- Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier (Myke Cole) 8/10
- The Willful Princess and the Pieball Prince (Robin Hobb) 7.25/10
- Be My Enemy (Ian McDonald) 7.75/10

FEBRUARY

- A Memory of Light (Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson) 5/10
- Wolfhound Century (Peter Higgins) 7.5/10
- Trickster (Jeff Somers) 7.75/10

MARCH

- Shogun (James Clavell) 10/10
- Ex-Heroes (Peter Clines) 7.5/10
- River of Stars (Guy Gavriel Kay) 9.5/10

APRIL

- London Falling (Paul Cornell) 7.5/10
- Necessary Evil (Ian Tregillis) 9/10
- Promise of Blood (Brian McClellan) 6.5/10

MAY

- The Flames of Shadam Khoreh (Bradley P. Beaulieu) 8/10
- Ex-Patriots (Peter Clines) 8/10

JUNE

- The Long Earth (Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter) 7.5/10
- The Darwin Elevator (Jason M. Hough) 7.5/10

JULY

- Great North Road (Peter F. Hamilton) 8/10
- Blood of Dragons (Robin Hobb) 7.5/10
- Emperor of Thorns (Mark Lawrence) 8/10

AUGUST

- Happy Hour in Hell (Tad Williams) 7.5/10
- The People's Will (Jasper Kent) 8/10

SEPTEMBER

- Balfour and Meriwether in the Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs (Daniel Abraham) 7.5/10
- The Republic of Thieves (Scott Lynch) 5/10

OCTOBER

- 23 Years on Fire (Joel Shepherd) 8.5/10
- Blood of Tyrants (Naomi Novik) 7.25/10
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman) 8/10
- Abaddon's Gate (James S. A. Corey) 9/10

NOVEMBER

- The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below (Patrick Rothfuss) 7.5/10
- The Devil Delivered and Other Tales (Steven Erikson) 7.5/10
- The Last Dark (Stephen R. Donaldson) 7.5/10

DECEMBER

- A Thousand Perfect Things (Kay Kenyon) 7/10
- Something More Than Night (Ian Tregillis) 7.5/10
- The One-Eyed Man (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 8/10

2014

JANUARY

- Dreamwalker (C. S. Friedman) 7.5/10
- Shadow Ops: Breach Zone (Myke Cole) 8/10
- The Twelve (Justin Cronin) 8/10
- Empress of the Sun (Ian McDonald) 7.5/10

FEBRUARY

- The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker) 8/10
- Reamde (Neal Stephenson) 8.5/10

MARCH

- Europe in Autumn (Dave Hutchinson) 7.5/10
- Honor Among Thieves (James S. A. Corey) 7/10

APRIL

- A Different Kingdom (Paul Kearney) 8/10
- Tai-Pan (James Clavell) 7.5/10
- Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten (Bradley P. Beaulieu) 7.5/10

MAY

- Operation Shield (Joel Shepherd) 8/10
- Prince of Fools (Mark Lawrence) 8/10
- Half a King (Joe Abercrombie) 7.75/10
- Cyador's Heirs (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 7.75/10
- Fiend (Peter Stenson) 7.5/10

JUNE

- The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon) 7/10
- The Iron King (Maurice Druon) 8/10
- Fool's Assassin (Robin Hobb) 8/10

JULY

- American Craftsmen (Tom Doyle) 7/10
- Shattering the Ley (Joshua Palmatier) 5/10

AUGUST

- The Strangled Queen (Maurice Druon) 7.75/10
- Assail (Ian Cameron Esslemont) 6/10
- Rogues (edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) 6.5/10
- Kushiel's Dart (Jacqueline Carey) 9.5/10

SEPTEMBER

- Neuromancer (William Gibson) 8/10
- Legion: Skin Deep (Brandon Sanderson) 7.75/10
- The Dark Defiles (Richard Morgan) 7.5/10

OCTOBER

- Sleeping Late on Judgement Day (Tad Williams) 7.75/10
- The Lost Girls of Rome (Donato Carrisi) 9/10
- Willful Child (Steven Erikson) 7.75/10

NOVEMBER

- Cibola Burn (James S. A. Corey) 7.75/10
- The King's Deryni (Katherine Kurtz) 7.5/10
- The Last Rite (Jasper Kent) 8/10

DECEMBER

- The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Elio M. García, Jr., Linda Antonsson, and George R. R. Martin) 10/10
- Messenger's Legacy (Peter V. Brett) 7/10

2015

JANUARY

- Gemini Cell (Myke Cole) 8/10
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Patrick Rothfuss) 7.75/10
- The Poisoned Crown (Maurice Druon) 7.25/10
- Half the World (Joe Abercrombie) 7.5/10

FEBRUARY

- Echopraxia (Peter Watts) 7/10
- 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami) 7.5/10
- The Mechanical (Ian Tregillis) 6.5/10
- Originator (Joel Shepherd) 8/10

MARCH

- The Talisman (Stephen King and Peter Straub) 8/10
- The Free (Brian Ruckley) 7.5/10
- Clash of Eagles (Alan Smale) 7.5/10

APRIL

- Heritage of Cyador (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 7.5/10
- The Immortality Game (Ted Cross) 4/10
- Veil of the Deserters (Jeff Salyards) 7.5/10

MAY

- Slow Bullets (Alastair Reynolds) 7.5/10
- The Border (Robert McCammon) 7.75/10
- The Liar's Key (Mark Lawrence) 8.5/10

JUNE

- Working for Bigfoot (Jim Butcher) 7.75/10
- Seveneves (Neal Stephenson) 7/10
- Avery Cates: The Shattered Gears (Jeff Somers) 7.5/10
- Armada (Ernest Cline) 7.5/10

JULY

- Uprooted (Naomi Novik) 4/10
- The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May (Mark Z. Danielewski) 4/10

AUGUST

- Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro) 8/10
- Kitty's Big Trouble (Carrie Vaughn) 7.75/10
- Kitty Steals the Show (Carrie Vaughn) 7.75/10
- March Violets (Philip Kerr) 7.5/10

SEPTEMBER

- The Pale Criminal (Philip Kerr) 8/10
- Fool's Quest (Robin Hobb) 8.5/10
- Kushiel's Chosen (Jacqueline Carey) 9/10

OCTOBER

- Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Bradley P. Beaulieu) 6/10
- Child of Vengeance (David Kirk) 8/10

NOVEMBER

- The City Stained Red (Sam Sykes) 7.25/10
- Half a War (Joe Abercrombie) 8/10
- Wizard and Glass (Stephen King) 9/10
- Luna: New Moon (Ian McDonald) 7.75/10

DECEMBER

- Dreamseeker (C. S. Friedman) 7.25/10
- The Call of the Sword (Roger Taylor) 7.5/10
- The Royal Succession (Maurice Druon) 7.75/10
- Nemesis Games (James S. A. Corey) 9/10

2016

JANUARY

- Blood Rites (Jim Butcher) 8.5/10
- Traitor's Blade (Sebastien de Castell) 7.5/10
- Dead Beat (Jim Butcher) 8.75/10
- Proven Guilty (Jim Butcher) 8.75/10
- Avery Cates: The Walled City (Jeff Somers) 7.5/10

FEBRUARY

- Avery Cates: The Pale (Jeff Somers) 7.5/10
- The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) 7/10
- Black Wolves (Kate Elliott) 7/10
- Javelin Rain (Myke Cole) 8/10

MARCH

- The Everything Box (Richard Kadrey) 7.5/10
- Kushiel's Avatar (Jacqueline Carey) 10/10
- Avery Cates: The Iron Island (Jeff Somers) 7.5/10
- Downbelow Station (C. J. Cherryh) 8/10

APRIL

- Children of Earth and Sky (Guy Gavriel Kay) 9/10
- Road Brothers: Tales of the Broken Empire (Mark Lawrence) 7.75/10
- Dancer's Lament (Ian Cameron Esslemont) 5.5/10

MAY

- The Book of Phoenix (Nnedi Okorafor) 8.25/10
- The Great Ordeal (R. Scott Bakker) 8/10
- Eagle in Exile (Alan Smale) 8/10
- The Wheel of Osheim (Mark Lawrence) 8/10

JUNE

- The Return of the Black Company (Glen Cook) 7.25/10
- Fall of Light (Steven Erikson) 6.5/10
- R. Scott Bakker interview
- Wolves of the Calla (Stephen King) 8.75/10
- The Wolf in the Attic (Paul Kearney) 8/10

JULY

- Get in Trouble (Kelly Link) 7.5/10
- League of Dragons (Naomi Novik) 7.25/10
- Dead Until Dark (Charlaine Harris) 7.25/10
- City of Mirrors (Justin Cronin) 7/10

AUGUST

- Song of Susannah (Stephen King) 8/10
- The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) 7.5/10
- The Language of Dying (Sarah Pinborough) 8.5/10
- Willful Child: Wrath of Betty (Steven Erikson) 7.75/10

SEPTEMBER

- The Dark Tower (Stephen King) 8/10
- This Gulf of Time and Stars (Julie E. Czerneda) 7.5/10
- Chains of the Heretic (Jeff Salyards) 6/10

OCTOBER

- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (N.K. Jemisin) 7.5/10
- The Gate to Future Pasts (Julie E. Czerneda) 7/10
- Sharp Ends (Joe Abercrombie) 7.25/10
- The Waking Fire (Anthony Ryan) 7/10

NOVEMBER

- The Burning Isle (Will Panzo) 6/10
- Binti (Nnedi Okorafor) 7/10
- The Heart of What Was Lost (Tad Williams) 7.5/10

DECEMBER

- Dreamweaver (C. S. Friedman) 7.5/10
- Recluce Tales (L. E. Modesitt, jr.) 8.5/10
- The Ruins of Ambrai (Melanie Rawn) 6/10
- The Forgetting Moon (Brian Lee Durfee) 6.75/10

2017

JANUARY

- Babylon's Ashes (James S. A. Corey) 8/10
- Kushiel's Scion (Jacqueline Carey) 8.5/10
- The Stars Are Legion (Kameron Hurley) 7.5/10
- White Night (Jim Butcher)
- The She-Wolf (Maurice Druon)
- Sleeping Giants (Sylvain Neuvel)