Review: The God is Not Willing by Steven Erikson

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I’ve known the The God is Not Willing, the first book in the Witness trilogy, by Steven Erikson – one of my favourite authors – was coming out for a while, so I was eager to read it. It also fit the ‘Published in 2021’ slot for the r/Fantasy bingo this year, so that was a double win.

Plot:

It’s been years since three Teblor warriors brought slaughter to the Silver Lake settlement. One of the three Teblors, Karsa Orlong, is now thought to be a god. The world of Wu is changing, with many new religions and cults springing up. Some revolving around the new warrens. And the tribes of the wild are stirring. Malazan marines are on the march to Silver Lake, believing it will be attacked in the future. They do not yet know a Teblor warleader has risen up, and will amass his people to invade the south. Yet there is another danger, much greater than anybody knows, that will wipe out everything in its path.

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Review: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey is the first novel in The Expanse book series. I had already bought it some time ago, but decided to use it for the First Contact square of the r/fantasy book bingo of 2021. I’d also heard great things about the TV show, and am certainly going to try out the first episode one of these days, to see if I enjoy it enough to continue. 

Plot:

Humanity has colonised planets and asteroid belts, spaceships travel through space with ease. Jim Holden is XO of an ice freighter on its way to check out a distress call from the Scopuli, when his ship is attacked and destroyed by stealth ships none of them have ever laid eyes on before. The crew has stumbled upon a terrible secret, and people are out to kill them. People are out to make war.

Detective Miller is put on a case to find a missing girl. He learns what he can of her life, but once her trail leads him to the Scopuli and Holden, he realises she might be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must band together to try and stop the war between the Belt, Mars and Earth, while digging in deep to find out just what happened to the Scopuli and what is going to happen to the rest of their solar system, if they don’t stop it from happening again.

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Review: The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

The Cybernetic Tea Shop novella by Meredith Katz was one of the recommendations of the r/Fantasy subreddit, and I’d already bought the e-book before I even knew I was going to use it for the 2021 book bingo challenge.

Plot:

Clara Gutierrez is a AI-technician, with a body full of wanderlust. She never stays in one place for long, and the one constant in her life is her Raise-AI companion Joanie; a hummingbird with a personality of its own. Sal is a robot, and older than the law that states the creation of robots is forbidden. She runs her former master’s tea shop, but is slowly breaking down, and her clientèle keeps dwindling. When Clara stops at the Cybernetic Tea Shop for lunch, she doesn’t expect to be serviced by an actual robot. A friendship begins to form, but they both have trouble opening up and moving on.

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