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reviewed Lords of Uncreation by Adrian Tchaikovsky (The Final Architecture, #3)

Adrian Tchaikovsky: Lords of Uncreation (Paperback, 2023, Tor Books) 4 stars

He's found a way to end their war, but will humanity survive to see it? …

A fitting end

5 stars

Expertly wraps up the series with a satisfying ending. The baddies are suitably explained and our plucky band of heroes as heroic as they need to be.

I did find the multiple POV in the final showdown to be a distraction, something that didn't bother me at all in the rest of the series. But I really liked how all of the characters polt lines were resolved, very satisfying.

The whole trilogy was great with adventure, intrigue and imagination to spare.

reviewed Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree (Legends & Lattes, #1)

Travis Baldree: Legends & Lattes (Paperback, 2022, Tor Books) 4 stars

Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv the orc barbarian cashes …

Gorgeous heartwarming story

5 stars

I loved this gentle heartwarming story of a badass mercenary orc hanging up her sword and opening a coffee shop. There's plenty of great drama and characters and it's wonderfully written.

There's no big adventures or fighting or conspiracy but I love it for what it delivers. Similar vibe to The Goblin Emperor.

R. F. Kuang: Babel (EBook, 2022, HarperCollins UK) 4 stars

The city of dreaming spires.

It is the centre of all knowledge and progress in …

Coming of age anti-colonism fantasy

4 stars

The story follows a Chinese boy pulled from his home and trained in the magic of translation to power silver ingots. As he matures, he questions his role in supporting the colonism that wrenched him from his home land.

It's well written, interesting and thought provoking read. It's not an escapist fantasy, and parts of it go into the day-to-day life of a scholar a bit too much for my taste. I enjoyed it but wouldn't recommend if you like your fantasy full of daring exploits and wizardly magic.