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3 favourite authors

  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • John Gwynne / Jen Williams

3 favourite books

  • Words of Radiance
  • The Name of the Wind
  • The Emperor's Soul

3 favourite films

  • Gladiator
  • The Matrix
  • Chef

Eon Van Aswegen's 9 reviews

The Bard's Blade by Brian D Anderson (The Sorcerer's Song)

Magical and mesmerizing; The Bard's Blade is a note-perfect start to this promising new series.I knew nothing about this book going into it, apart from the fact that a very good friend of mine loved it, and that it featured music as an inherent part of the story. Now, the music part is what first piqued my interest. M...


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The Black Hawks by David Wragg (Articles of Faith)

I received an ARC provided by Harper Voyager via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.‘Would you rather be a tarantula, or a hairless cat?’ Do I have your attention? :)The Black Hawks has a premise that should be as catnip to cats for most of us fantasy readers. Morally ambiguous, indolent mercenaries with a lack ...


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The Bone Shaker by Edward Cox

An absorbing, eldritch adventure.My friend Nils recently won this in a contest on Twitter, and she loved it, so of course I was going to read this promptly.As this is a novella, I will keep things brief to avoid giving too much away.The Bone Shaker is at its heart, that well known fantasy staple, the quest. On the one hand w...


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The Bone Ships by RJ Barker (The Tide Child)

Beautiful cover illustration by Hanna Wood.Audacious storytelling, with an original, captivating world. After a slow start, I found it increasingly difficult to put this book down and I am on board for more.RJ Barker wrote one of my favourite fantasy series of all time, The Wounded Kingdom trilogy. So, when I heard that he was...


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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle)

“See my shadow changing,Stretching up and over me.Soften this old armor.Hoping I can clear the wayBy stepping through my shadow,Coming out the other side.Step into the shadow.Forty-six and two just ahead of me.”- Maynard James KeenanGather round...


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The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter (The Burning)

The Rage of Dragons is an African-inspired revenge fantasy novel. This is worthy of attention in and of itself, simply because fantasy is dominated by white male authors who write about white male characters.  Admittedly I enjoy reading such books, though it’s refreshing to see more diverse books appearing in the fantasy genr...


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The Sword of Kaigen by M L Wang

“Wholeness, she had learned, was not the absence of pain but the ability to hold it.”M.L Wang’s The Sword of Kaigen is a book that is full of surprises. It initially appears to be set in a 19th century east-Asian society, but there are chapter 1 references to video games, holographic cell phone ...


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The Poison Song by Jen Williams (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy)

All the stars for this. ALL. First, a warning. This review is spoiler free for this book, but not The Ninth Rain or The Bitter Twins. Look away now if you haven’t read them. Or better yet, go buy them and come back when you’re done. Trust me, you won’t regret it.For those that have...


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A Time of Blood by John Gwynne (Of Blood and Bone)

Following on from the catastrophic finale of A Time of Dread, this is a high action, high tension blinder of a read. When you pick it up that first time, be prepared not to put it down until the last page. It follows standard film sequel rules: bigger, bolder, bloodier. There are all kinds of monstrous creatures chucked in, perhaps running ...


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