Book Review: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper #TDiRS22

As I wrote in a previous post this week as well, I seem to be running on my own schedule on book challenges and memes I’m joining in, with work commitments having set my reading plans awry. So I’m only just getting to my review of Over Sea, Under Stone (1965), the first in Susan…

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Book Review: Chandrakanta: A Hindi Fantasy Classic by Devaki Nandan Khatri (translated by Rohini Chowdhury)

Today I am sharing my thoughts on the Hindi fantasy classic Chandrakanta (1888) by Devaki Nandan Khatri, which first appeared this past Friday as part of #WitchWeek2022 hosted by Chris at Calmgrove, and Lizzie at Lizzie Ross Writer, here. Below is the post as appeared on Chris' blog. * * * A beautiful princess, a…

Book Review: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War is the first in a historical–fantasy trilogy, based on the second Sino-Japanese war but with a fictional setting and characters. In the kingdom of Nikara, in the southern Rooster province lives a young orphan Rin in a small village Tikany. Her parents, dead, she is being brought up by foster parents, the…

Book Review: The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim

My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Dragon’s Promise is the second and final part of the Six Crimson Cranes duology by Elizabeth Lim, a fantasy–adventure which takes us to many magical kingdoms in East Asia. In the first book, a loose retelling of the Wild…

Book Review: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

Having fallen rather behind on my reading, I only got down to reading and putting down my thoughts on the final Narnia novel, The Last Battle (1956) rather late. While I had read the other six Narnia books earlier (some more than once), this was my first time reading The Last Battle and it was…

Book Review: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

The penultimate book in the Narniad, The Magician’s Nephew (1955), like the previous entry in the series, The Horse and His Boy takes a leap back in time, but a much larger leap, all the way to the beginning, before there ever was a Narnia. (This post might be slightly spoilery for the book). Young…

Book Review: Ela Green and the Kingdom of Abud by Sylvia Grief

My thanks to Booktasters and the author for a review copy of this book. Ela Green and the Kingdom of Abud is the first of a fantasy–adventure series set around the theme of humans' disconnect with nature, and based on myth and legend. Eleanor or Ela Green is fourteen and studies at a boarding school…

Book Review: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

Opening with the same words as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy…, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951) picks up exactly a year after the events of the first book. The four Pevensie children are at a railway station at…

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

This was a reread of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) as part of #Narniathon21 hosted by Chris at Calmgrove. He has discussion prompts for the book up so do head there if you'd like to join in. Banner from Calmgrove The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a truly classic children's…

Book Review: The Lost Legends by Cait Marie

My thanks to the author for a review copy of the book via BookTasters. In The Lost Legends, the first of a series, author Cait Marie gives us a very readable and entertaining fantasy tale with prophecies and myths, journeys and pursuits of lost lands and people, romance, and some swashbuckling adventure. We are introduced…