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Every Single Game

Harriet the Invincible  (Hamster Princess, volume 1)

By Ursula Vernon  

16 May, 2024

Miscellaneous Reviews


2015’s Harriet the Invincible is the first volume in Ursula Vernon’s Hamster Princess secondary-universe fantasy middle-grade series.

Harriet is a hamster who is also a princess. Her parents, in particular her mother, have Expectations regarding proper behavior for Harriet, Expectations that are at odds with Harriet’s preferences.

When Harriet is ten, Harriet’s parents reveal delightful news: Harriet is cursed and most certainly doomed.

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Got Ways of Knowing

The Mimosa Tree Mystery  (Crown Colony, volume 4)

By Ovidia Yu  

9 May, 2024

Miscellaneous Reviews


2020’s The Mimosa Tree Mystery is the fourth volume in Ovidia Yu’s Crown Colony series.

1943: having survived the Fall of Singapore and the brutal massacres that followed, Su Lin and her family keep a low profile. The Sook Ching may be over, but the Japanese are still committing atrocities against anyone foolish enough to catch their attention.

Events transpire to focus the occupiers’ attention on Su Lin’s neighborhood and on her family.

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The War Prayer

The Siege of Burning Grass

By Premee Mohamed  

2 May, 2024

Miscellaneous Reviews


Premee Mohamed’s 2024 The Siege of Burning Grass is a stand-alone (thus far) military speculative fiction novel. Or perhaps anti-military is a more accurate term…

The war between the Empire of Varkal and Med’ariz rages on. The Meddon, the people of Med’ariz, have superior technology; Varkal has elan, human wave tactics, and a willingness to redirect as much of the economy to the war effort as it takes to win, regardless of the consequences. Varkal is not winning and is growing increasingly impoverished.

Alefret was a founding member of a pacifist pact. His principled pacifism has greatly displeased the Varkal government.

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Tea for Two

Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea  (Tomes & Tea, volume 1)

By Rebecca Thorne  

16 Apr, 2024

Miscellaneous Reviews


2024’s Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea is the first volume in Rebecca Thorne’s Tomes & Tea cozy fantasy series.

When cruel Queen Tilane off-handedly puts Reyna’s life at risk, the bodyguard decides she has had enough of Tilane’s ways. Reyna packs her meagre belongings and flees the castle. No more guarding an evil, vindictive tyrant. Instead, Reyna and her powerful magical girlfriend Kianthe will open a combination book and tea shop.

As far as the queen is concerned, leaving her employ is treason. The penalty for treason is death.

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Can’t Stay Away

The Feast Makers  (Scapegracers, volume 3)

By H. A. Clarke  

11 Apr, 2024

Miscellaneous Reviews


The Feast Makers is the third and final volume in the Scapegracers modern fantasy trilogy. The Scapegracers trilogy is by August Clarke, writing as H. A. Clarke.

Sideways Pike and the rest of West High’s Scapegracer coven have successfully vanquished their enemies and retrieved Sideways’ soul. Now the soon-to-graduate high schoolers need to consider what they are going to do with the rest of their lives… which, thanks to the consequences of their actions in the previous two books, might be very short.

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Stand My Ground

The Warden  (The Warden, volume 1)

By Daniel M. Ford  

9 Apr, 2024

Miscellaneous Reviews


2023’s The Warden is the first volume in Daniel M. Ford’s The Warden secondary universe fantasy series.

Aelis de Lenti un Tirraval is a high-achieving academic who is confident that she will receive a high-status first assignment as Warden. To her great vexation, she is assigned to serve in Lone Pine, a rural community barely large enough to warrant a name. She will serve as law enforcement and general problem solver.

She could turn down the post, but this would mean abandoning the career towards which she had worked so hard. Aelis accepts her assignment.

At least Lone Pine is small and isolated, unlikely to attract magical threats. Right?

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