Shadowalker

Shadowalker

Shadowalker Catch Tilly Stone Table Books 2017 Shadowalker is an engrossing fantasy you’ll want to read in a single sitting—I know I did. After waking in Meldin with only a hazy memory and in world-altering pain, Uriel, daughter of the Death Lord, is in one of the most dangerous situations of her life. With her [...]

An Overambitious Debut: ‘The Ruin of Kings’

An Overambitious Debut: ‘The Ruin of Kings’

The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons The Ruin of Kings, the first title in author Jenn Lyons epic fantasy series 'A Chorus of Dragons', is structurally ambitious but fails to deliver on its own lofty aims. The story itself is standard fare for the fantasy genre, with dragons, magic and scheming nobles aplenty. The protagonist, [...]

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme Kristin Martin Illustrations by Joanne Knott Glimmer Press 2019   To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme is a children’s poetry collection, the first published with new publishing company, Glimmer Press. Written by Kristin Martin, the collection is divided into rhyming and and non-rhyming poems. The poems are open, visual, [...]

Wundersmith

Wundersmith

Wundersmith Jessica Townsend   Book of the year at the ABI Awards in 2018, Nevermoor’s sequel, Wundersmith was recently released by Lothian books. As well as being a fantastic whirlwind fantasy it also has the added appeal of supporting a Queensland writer. Hailed by some as the next (and Australian) J.K. Rowling (minus every questionable [...]

The Expert at the Card Table – How to Cheat at Cards

The Expert at the Card Table – How to Cheat at Cards

As the audience went into the small upstairs cabinet room at La Boheme, I saw a number of chairs organised around the central card table, the atmospheric lights, the cards on the table. The stage was set but with little to no experience in slight-of-hand trickery and the near-magic of card-cheating, I had no idea [...]