Phoenix Feather Fantasy Book Reviews
By Kerry Share
Phoenix Feather Fantasy Book ReviewsMay 15, 2023
Episode 10 - Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
Just a short one this week. Even though I don't usually read YA, I couldn't pass up a fantasy book about a Black mermaid based on African folklore. What did I ultimately think? Listen to find out!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that this book has one of THE most beautiful covers I've ever seen. Gorgeous!
Episode 09 - The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi
This book bamboozled me! Though not actually a fantasy, despite it's marketing, The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a fairy tale influenced gothic story about co-dependency and the lies we tell ourselves to maintain a comfortable fiction.
Episode 08 - Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
I am so glad to be back and even more glad that April is over. I've got an excellent slate of books coming up to read and review for you in the month of May, starting with Shadow of the Gods.
"Set in a brand-new, Norse-inspired world, and packed with myth, magic and bloody vengeance, The Shadow of the Gods begins an epic new fantasy saga from bestselling author John Gwynne."
Episode 07 - Order of Shiran by R. K. Lander
I swore when I started this podcast I wouldn't turn it into one of those rage-review factories. This week, that promise is tested.
Order of Shiran is described on Goodreads as "a new high fantasy adventure." However, much to my dismay, it is neither an adventure nor particularly new. The combination of poor writing and a head cold had me raging in this episode. F-bombs are more copious than usual. Come along with me this Indie April as I ask the question, do self-pubbed authors even use editors?
Episode 06 - The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
Its Indie April which means for the next four weeks I will be exclusively reading (and reviewing) indie published book. How did I, noted vampire disliker and vehement hater of the listed comp titles, feel about this vampire romance? Listen to find out!
The Serpent and the Wings of Night is the first book in a new series of heart-wrenching romance, dark magic, and bloodthirsty intrigue, perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Episode 05 - An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock
Strap in folks for the first ranty review of the podcast. It got a little bit colorful and I edited out the worst of the cursing, but just be prepared... I had issues with this book.
A steampunk / gaslamp fantasy based heavily on 17thish century Europe, An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is packed full of court intrigue, imaginative landscapes, and rampant ableism and misogyny! If that sounds like your bag, then take a gander cause we got a doozy here!
Episode 04 - The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
By far the most recent book I've read, and my favorite of the year so far! For fans of City of Brass and We Hunt the Flame, this 1001 Nights-inspired tale brings action, a platonic love for the ages, and plenty of jinn to keep you up at night. The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah was everything I wanted out of a Middle Eastern fantasy and I L O V E D it.
*By the way the word I was trying to say at the end there was perspicacious.
Episode 03 - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A man in dire need of family therapy and a cross-dressing kleptomaniac team up in this portal jumping fantasy to PUT THAT THING BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM, OR SO HELP ME --
Published in 2015 by Tor, A Darker Shade of Magic is magical, adventurous, and a little bit creepy. What were my thoughts? Listen to find out!
Episode 02 - Soulbound by Bethany Adams
Romance collides with fantasy in the second episode of Phoenix Feather Fantasy Book Reviews, which discusses Soulbound by Bethany Adams, the first entry in a series that spans seven books! This is our first indie published novel on Phoenix Feather. How does it hold up against traditionally published fantasy romances? Listen to find out!
Arlyn’s quest is simple: Find her father and let him know her mother is dead. After all, Arlyn had promised her mother she’d go. The problem? Her father's people are myths and legends, and he doesn't even live on Earth. But despite a long journey through the mysterious mists of the Veil, finding him turns out to be the easy part.
*Editing Note* Yes, I said "Arya" Atreides instead of Alia. I got my badass younger sisters mixed up for a moment there.
Episode 01 - Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
The premiere episode of Phoenix Feather Fantasy Book Reviews launches with the review of a book that has accrued a 4.2 star rating with nearly 35,000 reviews on Goodreads. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: "The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic."
Spoiler discussion starts at the 10:55 mark and concludes at the 27:55 mark. There are in episode tags to help you avoid spoilers if you haven't yet read this great book.
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