Book Review: Before the Broken Star, by Emily R. King

NOTE:  This review contains spoilers for Before the Broken Star.  Please read at your discretion. 2/5 “Be calm. Be machine. Be indifferent, like time.”  This was a frustrating read for me.  Featuring the alluring premise of a girl with a clockwork heart, Before the Broken Star is a great example of how elegant prose alone can’t carry…

Original Work: The Puppet and the Doll – Part II

Glossary of terms: Fyrnen (feer-nen): weapon derived from the wielder’s body; power depends on body and soul, said to link the two; damage to a fyrnen means grievous harm to the wielder Raiko has a fyrnen that takes the shape of a scythe. Black thread: a soul bond Temeer: a magic user whose power is imbued directly into…

Original Work: The Puppet and the Doll – Part I

  Glossary of terms: Fyrnen (feer-nen): weapon derived from the wielder’s body; power depends on body and soul, said to link the two; damage to a fyrnen means grievous harm to the wielder Raiko has a fyrnen that takes the shape of a scythe. Black thread: a soul bond Temeer: a magic user whose power is imbued directly…

TV Review: The Dragon Prince

4/5 “But on the eve of last winter’s turn, the humans used unspeakable dark magic to slay Thunder.  Then, without mercy, they destroyed his only egg.  His heir.  The Dragon Prince.” An adventure set in the midst of a conflict between elves and humans, The Dragon Prince is a story full of magic, humor, and…

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

5/5 “War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who remains.” Holy cow.  This book was damn near perfect. I needed a few days after concluding R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War to organize my thoughts. If you like books about adventure, warfare, ancient gods, and morally-dubious characters, this is the book for you. The Poppy War, R. F.…