Folkloric and atmospheric, The Bone Houses was one of the better books I've read this year.
I was in a fantasy reading slump for months - and The Phantom Forest pulled me out of it.
I expected a bit more Viking and less Asgard and Giants and Dwarves. Instead, I found a tale as deep and explosive as Hekla the volcano erupting and destroying a mountain and valley.
Sufficiently creepy, Welcome to Lovecraft was an alluring welcome to the series. I ordered the second volume before I finished reading the first.
It was a good book and I read it in one sitting, but I did think that the book relied too much on cliches and stereotypes, and less on true Viking-age mythology and powerful character
4 stars I loved how Vengeful capitalizes on the world and character from Villains #1, while making things badder, darker, and more, well, vengeful.
4 stars Vicious is a superhero-supervillain twist where you can't quite tell who's a hero and who's a villain.
2 stars I didn’t find myself drawn to the characters or the plot. I had high hopes for the book, but the magical realism didn’t work for me.
What I enjoyed a lot of the story is the main character, Tea, has powerful skills, so powerful she raises her dead brother from the grave without realizing it, and yet though people celebrate her, they also turn their backs on her.
Silver in the Wood is a woodsy folktale that harkens to the old gods and mischievous fae.