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Book review: Elektra by Jennifer Saint

War is coming. Helen has run away with Paris and is living in Troy. Menelaus, Helen’s first husband, mobilises his troops, intent on bringing his wife back and punishing Troy.   Clytemnestra, Helen’s sister, hopes for a swift resolution, one that brings her...

Book review: A Master of Djinn by P. DjèlÍ Clark

This fascinating novel, by P. DjèlÍ Clark, took me on a journey that I did not foresee enjoying so much: a detective-style novel that intertwines current social issues with traditional sci-fi tropes.  P. Djèlí Clark is an American speculative fiction writer and...

Book Review: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

The year is 1893, and witches have been driven out of Salem. There are few women left with the ways, words, or will to cast a spell. The city of New Salem has sprung up as a beacon of modernity and morality. So it comes as a shock to the townspeople when the three...

Book review: We Cry for Blood by Devin Madson

The book continues the series’ running theme of women’s place in society. It explores the lingering trauma rape has on the victim and the difficulties women face when trying to change their situation. Dishiva face’s sexual discrimination for the first time in her life...

Book review: Kith and Kin by Marieke Nijkamp

Kith and Kin is the debut novel based on the world and characters of Critical Role. For the uninitiated, Critical Role is a long-running livestream show where a group of voice actors (now arguably more famous for this endeavour than their other work) play Dungeons...

Five questions with Ava Reid

This summer, a fascinating novel evoking imagery from fairy tales likes Little Red Riding Hood arrived – but this one was a little different. Ava Reid's The Wolf and the Woodsman explores Jewish mythology while leaning into Hungarian history. If you enjoyed Gabriela...

Book Review: In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu

As an extrasensory human, Anima can connect to Ora’s living network known as the Gleaming. Through the Gleaming, æ monitors Ora’s citizens and prevents crimes. Æ has dedicated æ whole life to this duty, believing the city’s wellbeing is worth æ selflessness. But then...

Book Review: We Lie with Death by Devin Madson

The Levanti have overthrown their Chiltaen masters, and Gideon, First Sword of the Torin, now sits on the Kisian throne. In the chaos, factions move to oppose or control the new emperor. Gideon appears beset on all sides. Imprisoned for a failed challenge on Gideon’s...