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The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry

What a great ride. From a 4:00AM phone call to a dense wall of fog, I was HOOKED by H. G. Parry's words and world.  The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is a truly unique entry into the world of Contemporary Fantasy. Set in Wellington, New Zealand, Parry views the city with an adoring gaze, filling in the gaps and alleys with her words in a manner not unlike a cornerstone presence of the novel. It is a novel for students of English Literature, by a student of English Literature without alienating lovers of any specific genre within that vast umbrella. You like Mr. Darcy? Get ready for five of them. Do the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes excite you? Or perhaps you are more of a 'plucky young heroine solving crimes' sort of reader. Well, buckle up, bucko. I hope you're not allergic to hounds, moors,  crookedy streets and/or dastardly villains.  Beyond creative use of some of literature's greatest figures, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is, at its heart, nove

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

Do not let the blurbs for this book fool you. It will sound like a fantasy retelling of the excellent Children of Men , and it is anything but. As advertised, The First Girl Child is a fantastic read. While I have never been the biggest fan of novels that begin with children and spend the first quarter of the book ageing them up, Harmon achieves her goal in character development almost flawlessly. To the point that, looking back upon the novel, I would not have wanted her to tackle that challenge in any other way. A duology would have felt superfluous, and would have certainly detracted from the emotional hits which land all-the-better for us not having been able to spend twice the amount of pages getting to know and love Bayr, Alba, Dagmar and Ghost. The snippets of her character's lives never feel tedious, nor do you feel cheated by the various fast-forwards. Instead, her engrossing mastery of language is altogether absorbing and she spends these vignettes fleshing out a peopl

The Heron Kings by Eric Lewis

Firstly, thank you to and Flame Tree Press for the ARC of The Heron Kings ! And here we go with the inaugural book review on Britta Reads Things . I wanted to love  The Heron Kings , let's get that out of the way from the get go. The world Lewis has created is fascinating, from the dueling crowns at the top to the day-to-day struggles of the little guy at the bottom. It is easy to believe in Bergovny and Argovan, thanks to Lewis’ deep dive into the history of the struggle between the lands, and “boots on the ground” approach to POV characters. Characters are not the problem with  The Heron Kings , as we’re introduced to Alessia - a former novice turned physic/bandit, Ulnoth - a peasant farmer terribly wronged, Corren - our military tactician and Vinian - spy mistress, overall badass. One absolute strength of the text is the flexibility of those characters and their moral alignments. It is not as easy to place Alessia into a lawful good category, when her