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Review: The Burning White by Brent Weeks

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This is it! The big one! The one we’ve all been waiting for!

Anyone who knows me can attest that I have been absolutely in love with Brent Weeks’s Lightbringer series since I first learned of its existence in 2016. That summer I devoured the first three volumes the way Kip claimed he devoured pie back in his hometown. I eagerly waited a couple months for The Blood Mirror, and then devoured that one, too. And then I waited what seemed like an interminable number of years for the conclusion.

This is not a dig against Weeks’s writing speed. Three years, in the scheme of time between fantasy epics, isn’t really all that long...

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Bingo Review (Afrofuturism): Binti the Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

Cover art for Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

I admit I’ve been a terrible blogger again ever since I finished reading the SPFBO finalists, but I’m back! And I promise to be more diligent about reviewing the books I’ve read for Reddit Fantasy’s Bingo Challenge.

For the Afrofuturism square, I read the very excellent Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. I expect this one will be a popular choice for the Bingo challenge — the first Novella won the Nebula and Hugo awards for best Novella in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But I’d heard so many good things about this series, and I was lucky enough to find a signed omnibus at one of the dealer’s tables at comicon, so I was quite excited to dig into the story.

I would probably say it doesn’t count for hard mode (under 1000 Goodreads ratings) because the individual novellas have plenty more ratings ...

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SPFBO Review: The Annointed by Keith Ward

In continuing my quest to read all the top ten SPFBO finalists, next on the list was The Annointed by Keith Ward. Usual disclaimer that I am not associated with the contest in any way and my review has no bearing whatsoever on the final results.

Like the previous finalist I reviewed, Sowing, this book had a lot of things I enjoyed about it, tainted somewhat by some things I really didn’t like. Actually, some of my main complaints about The Annointed are similar to my main complaints about Sowing: that is, gratuitous baby murder, and a so-called “good-guy” who is a just plain awful human being.

This book takes place in a world where people learn their lifespans ahead of time, but can increase their lifespans by ritualistically sacrificing and stealing the life force of someone else...

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Bingo Review (Middle Grade): Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

I have to admit I picked this one up not having high expectations. I’d not really explored much of the Audible Originals program, their program where they let you select one of their exclusive Audible-only audiobooks for free every month. But hey, free is free, and I was intrigued by the cover art. I’m really glad I decided to give this one a listen, though, because it was absolutely delightful. This book only exists as an audiobook, there is no print or e-book version, but narrator Jayne Entwhistle does an excellent job bringing the story to life.

Adventurous Maeve Merritt is constantly getting in trouble at her strict boarding school in Victorian London. She dreams of traveling the world and playing cricket, instead of staying in school pursuing more feminine interests...

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