Pile by the Bed reviews Ada’s Realm by Sharon Dodua Otoo, a historical fantasy exploring the lives of four women connected through history.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Curator by Owen King a historical urban fantasy exploring the aftermath of a popular revolt set in an alternate Europe
Pile by the Bed reviews Adrian Tchaikivsky’s return to fantasy with an urban uprising novel City of Last Chances
Pile by the Bed reviews Jennifer Saint’s third retelling of Greek Mythology – Atalanta, adopted daughter of Artemis and member of the crew of the Argo.
Pile by the Bed reviews A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon an epic standalone fantasy set five hundred years before the events of The Priory of the Orange Tree.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty a Middle Eastern inspired, magic infused pirate tale in the tradition of Sinbad
Pile by the Bed reviews Weyward by Emilia Hart, a debut that deals with a famliy of witches which has plenty to say about reclaiming power in the face of abuse.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell, another of her effective gothic horror stories, this one set in the nineteenth century London theatre scene.
Pile by the Bed reviews Love will Tear Us Apart by CK McDonnell the third book in the Stranger Times urban fantasy series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo – dark urban fantasy follow up to 2019’s Yale-set Ninth House.
Pile by the Bed reviews Bad Cree by Jessica Johns an Indigenous horror story that explores issues of resilience in the face of the impacts of colonisation, exploitation and cultural loss.
Pile By the Bed’s Top 5 reads for 2022 include The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers, Hovering by Rhett David, Devil House by John Darnielle, The Colony by Audry Magee and Maror by Lavie Tidhar
Pile by the Bed’s Top 5 fantasy books for 2022 are Babel, The Stardust Thief, Book of Night, Siren Queen and Jade Legacy – with five honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed reviews Babel by RF Kuang a historical fantasy that takes on notions of Empire and colonialism through a unique linguisitc magic system.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Trees by Percival Everett, a genre-mash satrire that explores the very real and painful history of lynchings in the United States that was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize.
Pile by the Bed reviews The World We Make, the second book in NK Jemisin’s Great Cities duology.
Pile by the Bed reviews Blitz by Daniel O’Malley, a stand-alone third book in his Checquy Files series which started with 2012’s The Rook
Pile by the Bed reviews The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean a resonant modern fanatasy in conversation with the tropes of classic fantasy and fairy tales.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ordinary Monsters (The Talents #1) by JM Miro – a tense Victorian-era fantasy involving children with powers and an existential threat to the world.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Martyr, the second book in Anthony Ryan’s Covenant of Steel trilogy which provides a propulsive set up for the final volume.