Book review: My Real Children, by Jo Walton

My Real Children by Jo Walton is a novel best known for its originality. Neither straightforward historical fiction nor a recognizable fantasy novel, it’s a book with a unique concept at its core. Here’s what the official blurb says: ‘It is 2015 and Patricia Cowan is very old. ‘Confused today’ read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book review: Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay

I would recommend this novel not just to historical fantasy lovers, but also to those who like regular historical fiction about the Renaissance. Here’s what the official blurb says: ‘From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates , a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book Review: The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay

My love affair with historical fantasy novels continues, and here I will tell you about one particularly passionate fling. Here's the official blurb: ‘The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by ... VIEW THE POST >>