SFF Book Review Roundup (May-June 2020)

Here at Mythos & Ink, we love book bloggers! They go out of their way to read a ton of books, let us know their thoughts on upcoming releases, participate in blog tours, interview authors, create communities for readers, and more. This is a new post series that will list book reviews by some awesome bloggers and spotlight sci-fi and fantasy books you may want to add to your to-read pile! These are mostly books published in the last two years.

1. The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Author: Alix E. Harrow

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Category: Adult

Tags: Fantasy | Historical Fantasy | Portal Fantasy

Review from: A Dance With Books

“The Ten Thousand Doors of January is one of those books that reached me with a slow buzz as it was being loved by bloggers and friends as time passed since its release. I finally sat down to read it at the start of May and read through it in an evening.

The book is a mixture of historical fantasy and portal fantasy and it creates interesting portions to the story…” |

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2. Shielded (Shielded #1)

Author: KayLynn Flanders

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy | Medieval | Adventure

Review from: Armed with a Book

“Adventure, a princess in disguise, magical abilities, and a dark evil brooding on the horizon? For those who enjoy light medieval fantasy adventures, you may want to check out Shielded when it releases on July 21st!

Welcome to the Kingdom of Hálendi, where our seventeen-year-old heroine, Jenna is a princess who would much rather be learning to wield a sword than wield the political schemes of the royal court. For the most part, she spends her time sparring and running around the castle much to her maids’ dismay since her older brother Ren usually handles the court politics for her…

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3. Son of Secrets (The Indigo Chronicles #2)

Author: N.J. Simmonds

Release Date: May 28, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy | Angels | Romance

Review from: Avalinah’s Books

In the previous book, The Path Keeper, we got to follow the story of Zac and Ella – and their unusual meeting. Ella’s just a girl, but Zac… Zac is an angel who’s supposed to keep an eye on Ella – to make sure she follows her life path. Except… Zac has also been in love with Ella, for, uh… I don’t know, the last 2000 years?!! And he’s never got to talk to her ever since that one lifetime when they were actually together. Until the events of The Path Keeper.

The Path Keeper takes us on a wild love-and-hate inducing ride of a story of how Ella and Zac finally get to meet. But then all hell (well, actually, all heaven) breaks loose and something bad happens.

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4. Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday (Amelia Fang #4)

Author: Laura Ellen Anderson

Release Date: March 7, 2019

Category: Middle Grade

Tags: Fantasy | Gothic | Vampires

Review from: Big Bearded Bookseller

“I really, really look forward to a new book from Laura Ellen Anderson and Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday kept up the streak of fun adventures that are great to read alone or to children.

The Rainbow Rangers idea was brilliant, we all remember summer camps, some with love, others with less love and Amelia and friends take on the challenges…”

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5. The Princess Will Save You (The Princess Will Save You #1)

Author: Sarah Henning

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy | Romance | Genderbent

Review from: Star is All Booked Up

“Listen, I heard that it was inspired by the Princess Bride and genderbent and came RUNNING. This was such a fun reimaginging and I’m still shook because I really didn’t realize this was a duology and I literally screamed “WHAT!” at 3 AM after finishing the book because I didn’t realize it was the end.

I loved how fierce and passionate Amarande is. She’s constantly underestimated and she’s constantly proving everyone wrong and I LOVE THAT FOR HER. I especially loved…

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6. The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin #1)

Author: Melissa Caruso

Release Date: July 4, 2020

Category: Adult

Tags: Fantasy

Review from: The Alliterates

“The Obsidian Tower is one of those fluttery, intense, darkly sinister and heartbreakingly nuanced fantasy novels of my dreams. Reminiscent of the tales of demons and the 9 sins, Melissa Caruso truly has taste for telling fantasy tales. A granny Wtich Lord possessed by a lady demon called Discord. Briar roses that act like snakes to strike at victims of their vengeance. Mages with power to command animals. A gay swordswoman and her aro-tastic crush. Nonbinary chaotic mages! Flamboyant boy mages with lavender hair and a cape of iridescent purple butterflies. A diversity of skin tones. Warm citrus steamed tea or lavender tea? The cozy darkness at the tip of your fingers…

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7. What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon

Author: Henry Clark

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Category: Middle Grade

Tags: Fantasy | Humour | Dragons

Review from: The Bookwyrm’s Den

“That title is a mouthful, and I don’t recommend saying it five times fast, because who knows what could happen? You might end up opening a wormhole that the Earth falls into, thereby destroying all of creation, and you wouldn’t want that one on your resume, now would you?

What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon is a funny, punny adventure that extols the virtues of science in a sneaky, engaging way, wrapped up in a whole dragonload of fun…

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8. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1)

Author: Roseanne A. Brown

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Category: Adult

Tags: Fantasy | African folklore

Review from: The Paperback Voyager

“You can tell when an author writes a story with every inch of themselves. It’s the visceral feeling in your stomach, the magic that calls to your very self, the tears brought to your eyes by words as well-placed as piercing daggers. When you read a story like that it’s as if every part of your life has managed to condense itself into one single moment, one infinite moment where you both find yourself and are lost forever. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is one such story.

Opening this book was like being allowed through the massive gates of a monumental citadel…

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