Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories edited by Yu Chen and Gina Kanyu Wang

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories is an anthology of Chinese fantasy and science fiction by female and non-binary authors and translated into English. There are seventeen short stories as well as five critical essays on Chinese science fiction.... Continue Reading →

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Spindle Splintered is a fast little retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty. Normally, she is the most boring fairy tale princess as she really does nothing but sleep in her crib, reach her accursed birthday and prick her... Continue Reading →

Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne

Paper & Blood is the second book in the Ink & Sigil series. In this installment, our outwardly unimpressive hero, Al MacBharrais learns that a sigil agent and her apprentice have disappeared, he sets out to rescue her if he... Continue Reading →

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

Half Sick of Shadows is a historical fantasy that centers on Elaine, the Lady of Shallot, but a far more consequential Lady of Shallot than the passive victim of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem. She is a seer, blessed or cursed... Continue Reading →

Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Spells Trouble is the first in a new series, The Sisters of Salem. The prologue begins long in the past when the village of Goodeville is founded by a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials, one who was sentenced to... Continue Reading →

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

Many of us have seemingly worthless objects we treasure because they hold memories of their owners. A father's hat, a mother's ring, a child's old shoe, we connect with them emotionally. In The Memory Collectors, Kim Neville takes this idea... Continue Reading →

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Tales from the Hinterland is a perfect companion to The Hazel Wood  and The Night Country, two books about the adventures of Alice and her friend Atticus Finch as she explores the world of her grandmother, the author of Tales... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike

The Forgotten Kingdom is the second in a trilogy that takes us back to right before Arthur, telling us the story of Merlin's sister whose existence is suggested by a 13th-century poem of him in dialogue with his sister. Signe... Continue Reading →

Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne

Ink & Sigil is an enjoyable fantasy for the great world-builder Kevin Hearne. Al MacBharrais is our narrator hero, a sigil agent, one of only five sigil agents in the world and he has trouble. His apprentice died choking on... Continue Reading →

Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl of Ink and Stars is an exciting story of a young girl named Isabella whose father is a cartographer, a lost art since their island has been cut off from the world after a terrible tyrant has invaded... Continue Reading →

A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne

A Blight of Blackwings is the second book in Kevin Hearne's Seven Kennings fantasy series. It moves several groups of people forward from A Blight of Blackwings. As before we have the historian Dervan narrating the story with some of... Continue Reading →

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

The Extraordinaries features Nick Bell, the best fanfic writer about a new cadre of superheroes. These superheroes are not from DC or Marvel universes, they are real. People with extraordinary abilities like Nick's favorite Shadow Star who can control shadows... Continue Reading →

Highfire by Eion Colfer

Highfire is the story of a plucky young boy named Squib who is excels at going from the frying pan to the fire. His real name is Everett, but he's called Squib after losing a finger in a dynamite accident. The... Continue Reading →

Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford

Follow Me To Ground is the story of Ada and her father who live outside a village they serve by curing what ails them. They sometimes have to bury them in "The Ground" for a few days for the cure to... Continue Reading →

The Schrödinger by Laurel Brett

Garrett Adams is a behaviorist, a college professor whose life consists of operant conditioning of rats and occasional nights of drinking with his old college buddy Jerry, a Freudian. It is the Sixties and he is so outside the flow... Continue Reading →

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