Some of you may know that Children of Time is one of my absolute favourite novels. I love the incredible scope, storytelling, and world that Tchaikovsky captures on the page. Children of Ruin is a fantastic sequel that expands on everything that made the first book great, all while serving a compelling and gorgeous story.
I absolutely love Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time and was curious to see what his other science fiction books were like. Walking to Aldebaran is the perfect way to sample his writing style -- clocking in at right around 140 pages, it’s a short but effective story of an astronaut lost in space.
As you guys may know by now, I love fantasy books that investigate the aftermath of wars or sieges -- I'm always keen to see what happens after the dust settles. I was very interested in Redemption’s Blade for that exact reason -- it shows the consequences of the classic good-versus-evil fantasy battle that I so craved in books like Lord of the Rings. It is also written by Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of one favourite books.
Occasionally, book bloggers come across a book that’s just too good to review. How could we possibly put into words how much we loved this plot, those characters? Can't we just flail wildly instead? I rarely struggle with reviewing books, but I’ve encountered two this past year that have just blown my mind. So instead of a full review, here are two five-star flash reviews of books that are too good to review. Honestly, they’ll probably just be me ranting about how great these two books are. Seriously. Apologies for the below rating systems.
Flintlock fantasy is a subgenre that I’m incredibly unfamiliar with. You can imagine how pleased I was when my fantasy book club picked Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky as our May read. This ended up being a great book to discuss because there was so much to unpack with the writing, but that’s not necessarily a good thing in terms of the actual book.