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 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.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah – debut and first of The Sandsea Trilogy set in a fantasy world based on Middle Eastern mythology. Recommended
Pile by the Bed reviews Siren Queen by Nghi Vo, a historical fantasy set in the golden age of Hollywood with a queer, Asian-American perspective.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Book of Night by Holly Black, the first foray by the successful YA author into fantasy for more mature readers.
Pile by the Bed reviews Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda, a debut novel that uses the concept of vampirism in the context of a millennial coming of age story.
Pile by the Bed reviews Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz – a black comedy tackling the afterlife and a range of current social issues.
Pile by the Bed reviews The LAst Adventure of Constance Verity by A Lee Martinez the first in a trilogy of tongue-in-cheek fantasy/ science fiction adventure stories currently being made into a film with Awkwafina in the lead role.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends One Foot in the Fade, the third book in Luke Arnold’s fantasy meets hard boiled gumshoe Fetch Philips series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Amongst Our Weapons the ninth novel in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews, a gothic horror debut set during the English civil war.
Pile by the Bed reviews Jade Legacy the final epic book in Fonda Lee’s Godfather meets martial arts fantasy Geenbone Saga. Recommended.
Pile byt the Bed reviews The Hood, the second book in Lavie Tidhar’s Anti-matter of Britain Quartet this one deconstructing the legend of Robin Hood and his gang.
Pile by the Bed reviews Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham, first in a trilogy exploring the fantasy city of Kithamar.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Book of Sand by Theo Clare a fantasy quest set in a desert world with strange links back to our own.
Pile by the Bed reviews This Charming Man by CK McDonnell the comic urban fantasy sequel to The Stranger Times