Chinese bandits taking on the Empire; a world where eating is taboo and sex is casual; and midwives with otherworldly powers!
Listen: it’s not SFF. It is the Wild West.
But it’s so, SO great!
This is a tale of a woman who hunts gods and another who makes magic come undone, and absolutely everything about it is perfect.
(Well. Except for that cover. Sigh.)
The Winter Knight is not a retelling.
The explanation behind the Arthurian knights being in Vancouver is much weirder (and queerer and more wonderful) than a mere retelling!
We’ve got FANTASY, we’ve got SCI FI, we’ve got HORROR and SCIENCE FANTASY and SPEC FIC; trad-pubbed and indie and self-published!!!
In which a scientist is absolutely not drift compatible with a wolf (but definitely thinks she is).
A number of my most anticipated reads of 2023 ended up DNF-ed, alas!
Gender-flipped Alexander the Great, IN SPACE, is every bit as excellent as it sounds!
(And yes, it’s very queer.)
False princes that flopped; feel-good sci-fi that does not feel good; a magician’s daughter whose tricks did not impress; and a magical circus that did not enchant.
I really did not know how Hoffman could possibly wrap everything up in just one more book.
But she did – and blew me away.