Crown of Wishes Review: Heavy are the Hearts that Wear the Crown

By Christina Ladd on

I read the first chapter of A Crown of Wishes and immediately had to check twitter. Sure enough, Roshani Chokshi and Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval, follow each other. Did they also edit each others’ introductory chapters? Because both begin with a mysterious invitation to a mysterious game run by a dangerous and magical individual. …

Agents of Dreamland Review: The Static is the Signal

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The Signalman is waiting. The cultists are waiting. Time divides them, and a short, terrible burst of violence, but that’s not very much, in the scheme of this universe. They all want to know what happened–what is happening–in the desert, but only the Signalman knows enough to be afraid. Something the cultists will only learn …

Cold-Forged Flame Review: Cold Hearts, Blank Minds, Can’t Lose

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Marie Brennan is a true chameleon. I would never have guessed that this tough, relentless story was written by the same woman who gave us the intensely High Victorian Natural History of Dragons (plus sequels), but here it is, fast and furious. An unidentified protagonist—let’s not be too creative and call her Nameless Warrior—is brought …