Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Scion of the Fox by S. M. Beiko

Scion of the Fox is the story of Roan Harken, a high school student in Winnipeg, who lives with her uncle and aunt in her grandmother's house after her parents died in a car accident. Suddenly all sorts of odd... Continue Reading →

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer is Ta-Nehisi Coates first novel and utilizes his deep research into slavery that was such a powerful part of his writing for "The Atlantic." It is the story of Hiram Walker, a slave who grows up as... Continue Reading →

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew tells the story of how a desperate, loving mother, Hanni, who knows that her family will be murdered by the Nazis, but is resolved to save her daughter. Lea is only twelve, too young to... Continue Reading →

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January opens with such magic that I was entranced after the first three paragraphs. "When I was seven I found a door," January begins, then speculates she really should capitalize that 'd' so readers could... Continue Reading →

Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals

Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals picks up right where Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins ends. The mystery twins stole several magicals and now Harley and her friends are sent to find them with the aid of a couple... Continue Reading →

Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins

Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins is the second in the Harley Merlin series. In this book, Harley learns much more about her powers and her parents. The coven wants to bring in young magicals who are not members of... Continue Reading →

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven is the first of an as-yet incomplete series of at least nine books. In the beginning, Harley works at a casino spotting card cheats, though no one knows why she is so good at... Continue Reading →

The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller

The Philosopher's War is an eagerly-awaited sequel to The Philosopher's Fight. It picks up after Robert graduates from Radcliffe and heads off to World War I where soldiers' lives are wasted by profligate generals determined to win at all cost.... Continue Reading →

The Soul of Power by Callie Bates

The Soul of Power is the third in Callie Bates' "The Waking Land" series and brings the saga to an end with Sophy Dunbarron, the daughter of the exiled king who has never held the throne of Eren or Caeris.... Continue Reading →

Cinderella Liberator by Rebecca Solnit

Cinderella Liberator reimagines the classic story with a feminist and egalitarian twist. Cinderella still is forced to work while her stepsisters laze about adorning themselves. Her stepmother is still evil and a fairy godmother intervenes. The bones of the story... Continue Reading →

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Over fifty years ago, Margaret, Lucille, Grace, and Barbara worked together without pause until solved the problem of time travel and built a time machine that not only moved bunnies but people. All that work, pressure, and the time travel... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

On the longest night of the year, sometime around 1850 or so, at The Swan, an ancient inn near the source of the Thames, the regulars gathered for warmth, shelter, spirits, and storytelling. Late in the evening, a man came to the... Continue Reading →

The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories by Yukiko Motoya

The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories is a collection of eleven short stories by Yukiko Motoya that center around the idea of identity, of being oneself and how hard selfhood can be to define and maintain, particularly in relationships with others. The title... Continue Reading →

The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

The Philosopher's Flight drops readers right into it, beginning with a terrifying attack on a philosopher family and a daring rescue. In this alternate history, the philosophy of magic runs parallel to science and is studied as carefully and rigorously. Ability is... Continue Reading →

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver is not a sequel to "Uprooted" though it inhabits a similar folkloric magical realm.  The human world was much like medieval Europe, with feudal lords whose fealty to a king was very transactional. The division between Christians and Jews were stark and Jews feared persecution. The... Continue Reading →

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