Eleventh Cycle by Kian N. Ardalan — A Review

Eleventh Cycle combines the strange and enigmatic lore of Dark Souls with the difficult lives of mortal men, and then manages to make the mortals seem the more enigmatic part. The five point-of-view characters act; sometimes emotionally, sometimes inconsistently, sometimes with flagrant foolishness, and yet never unbelievably. This is the core of the story. I … Continue reading Eleventh Cycle by Kian N. Ardalan — A Review

Beyond the Edge of the Map by Robert McCarroll — A Review

Beyond the Edge of the Map is one of those books that are hard to rate. It doesn't have that tied-together and cohesive feeling that many novels have. This isn't a book that should be measured by its cutting emotional narrative, but it isn't supposed to be. The book tells you what it is right … Continue reading Beyond the Edge of the Map by Robert McCarroll — A Review

The Wolf and the She-Bear by Morgan Stang — A Review

The Wolf and the She-Bear is brutal. I can't count the number of times that my eyebrows jumped into my hairline, and I stopped to utter "holy crap" before resuming my read. And I'm not just talking blood and guts. Brutal twists, brutal betrayals, brutal choices. And yes, brutal killings. Nearly every chapter of this … Continue reading The Wolf and the She-Bear by Morgan Stang — A Review