The Writerly Raven

“The Key of F” Book Review

key of f book coverHello, my darklings!

So this week’s independent review isn’t a new release. In fact, The Key of F by Jennifer Haskin was published on May 8, 2018.

Last month, Ms. Haskin asked me if I’d like to review a copy of the book, to which I gladly agreed.  It’s taken me a bit to get around to it, though. She requested that the original review go up on Amazon, so what follows is the review as it appears there (NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK).


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies just released issue #271 just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Rather appropriately, it features two tales of loss, grief, and love written by Aimee Ogden and Samantha Mills.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 16, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270, January 31, 2019

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

I’m back with Beneath Ceaseless Skies next issue! Once again, they bring two great fantasy stories to the table: “To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife” by Natalia Theodoridou and “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow.  Both were great but Harrow’s was my favorite of the two.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online. It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 1, 2019.

If you’ve read this issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

 


“Duel Visions” Book Review

Hello, my darklings!

First, I’m going to start by saying that I’m very thrilled that Cirsova Publishing asked me to review their new release.  I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing other works they’ve produced before and I’ve always enjoyed it.  This was no less pleasurable.

The book on the menu for this review is Duel Visions, an anthology of short horror stories written by Misha Burnett and Louise Sorensen.


Nightmare Magazine #76 Review

Hello, my darklings!

2019’s first issue of Nightmare Magazine released earlier this month.  My review of the two dark fantasy stories by Natalie Theodoridou and Vajra Chandrasekera is live on TangentOnline.com. I’m not going to lie—I’ve reviewed Nightmare before and loved the literary feel the stories the select have but this issue was a huge miss for me.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Nightmare Magazine #76 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 25, 2019.


Why are Some of My Reviews So Short?

Hello, my darklings!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to explain something you may or may not have noticed.  If you scroll through my blog, you’ll notice that some reviews are incredibly short (such as this one on Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268).  That’s because these are essentially curated posts.

They appear short here because the reviews for those publications were written for another outlet, such as Tangent Online.  Ethically, I cannot copy/paste them to this blog and writing another review would be redundant.  As such, I’ve decided to curate them here by simply providing a link to the original along with a brief description of what was in the publication.

Clicking these links will open a new browser tab and take you directly to the review so you can read it on directly on the original outlet’s website.

One last note:  I just migrated to this new website format so most of the older blog posts are rather generic at the moment.  On the previous iteration of my website, there was an excerpt from the original review but I’m taking a different approach here and I just wanted to get all of the reviews migrated over.  I’ll fix the text in them over the next few days so that everything is consistent.

Cheers!

Tara


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269

Hello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies released its second issue for January yesterday.  The offerings this time consists of a pair of stories by Marissa Lingen and Jordan Taylor.  Rest assured that “The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum” and “La Orpheline” will show you a couple of new twists on some familiar (or maybe not-so-familiar) fairy tales.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 18, 2019.


Beneath a Red Hunter’s Moon Book 1: Coming Spring 2020!

Hello, my darklings!

It’s time to finally announce the first installment of my new upcoming novel Beneath a Red Hunter’s Moon! It falls squarely in the epic dark fantasy genre with some strong horror elements.  Tentatively, it’s scheduled for release this Spring 2020. I’ll be publishing with Battle Swan Books!

The image I’ve got here is probably not going to be the actual cover. I’ve not decided yet on whether or not I like it. What do you all think?

Anyway, I’m sure you’re wondering what it might be about so I’ve included the synopsis of the series below.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268

Hello, my darklings!

The first issue Beneath Ceaseless Skies for 2019 has arrived!  Published on January 3, they’ve kicked off the new year with a pair of stories “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” and “The Beast Weeps with One Eye” by Beth Cato and Morgan Al-Moor respectively.  Together, they explore themes of betrayal and survival and what happens when gods get a little nasty.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 13, 2019.


Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, December 2018

Hello, my darklings!

December’s issue of Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores arrived just in time for the holidays.  This month’s issue features a lone story titled “The Book of Winter” by Caroline Friedel that is sure to bring a little extra glow to your cheeks this winter.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores Review, published on TangentOnline.com on December 26, 2018.