The Afterward

The Afterward

It has been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium?s king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought the gem home are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity do not come easily. Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn't meant for heroism this early in life, and while she has no intenti It has been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium?s king and ushered in what promised to be a new gol...

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Title:The Afterward
Author:E.K. Johnston
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0735231893
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Afterward Reviews

  • Jessica
    Mar 26, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

  • Helen
    Mar 07, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

  • Matthew Galloway
    Feb 16, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Jan 28, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    Feb 23, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

  • Angel
    Jan 09, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

    Friends. I love this book. I love how it centers women. Women of all stripes. Queer women. Trans women. Ace and aro women. Bi women. Disabled women. Poor women. And through it all, a particular focus on the lives of women of color. All set in a high fantasy world where women and wo...

    This was a great fantasy-romance story. I'll process me thoughts and write a review soon. ...

    "I am having a moment." Oh, this was so, so, so much fun. Review to come closer to pub date. ...

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Oct 09, 2018

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

  • Julie
    Dec 10, 2018

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

  • Emmy Neal
    Feb 13, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

  • Sam H (Will Read for Booze)
    Jan 13, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

    Friends. I love this book. I love how it centers women. Women of all stripes. Queer women. Trans women. Ace and aro women. Bi women. Disabled women. Poor women. And through it all, a particular focus on the lives of women of color. All set in a high fantasy world where women and wo...

    This was a great fantasy-romance story. I'll process me thoughts and write a review soon. ...

    "I am having a moment." Oh, this was so, so, so much fun. Review to come closer to pub date. ...

    I enjoyed it, but it turned out to be more romance focused than I expected. Full review pending. ...

    Won Paperback ARC from BookishFirst.com! This was my first E. K. Johnston book and I was thrilled when she dedicated it to David and Leigh Eddings! David Eddings was my first fantasy author and will forever hold a special place in my heart. But Eddings this was not. This sort of fel...

    Drunk review to come. This book is about what happens after a #Quest is over. What happens to the squad that saved the world? Some become queens, other become knights, others are irreparably damaged, and some... go back to being the thieves they were before. This is the story about ...

  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    Feb 26, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

    Friends. I love this book. I love how it centers women. Women of all stripes. Queer women. Trans women. Ace and aro women. Bi women. Disabled women. Poor women. And through it all, a particular focus on the lives of women of color. All set in a high fantasy world where women and wo...

    This was a great fantasy-romance story. I'll process me thoughts and write a review soon. ...

  • April
    Feb 27, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

    Friends. I love this book. I love how it centers women. Women of all stripes. Queer women. Trans women. Ace and aro women. Bi women. Disabled women. Poor women. And through it all, a particular focus on the lives of women of color. All set in a high fantasy world where women and wo...

  • Elyse
    Feb 18, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

    Friends. I love this book. I love how it centers women. Women of all stripes. Queer women. Trans women. Ace and aro women. Bi women. Disabled women. Poor women. And through it all, a particular focus on the lives of women of color. All set in a high fantasy world where women and wo...

    This was a great fantasy-romance story. I'll process me thoughts and write a review soon. ...

    "I am having a moment." Oh, this was so, so, so much fun. Review to come closer to pub date. ...

    I enjoyed it, but it turned out to be more romance focused than I expected. Full review pending. ...

    Won Paperback ARC from BookishFirst.com! This was my first E. K. Johnston book and I was thrilled when she dedicated it to David and Leigh Eddings! David Eddings was my first fantasy author and will forever hold a special place in my heart. But Eddings this was not. This sort of fel...

  • charlotte
    Feb 21, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

    Friends. I love this book. I love how it centers women. Women of all stripes. Queer women. Trans women. Ace and aro women. Bi women. Disabled women. Poor women. And through it all, a particular focus on the lives of women of color. All set in a high fantasy world where women and wo...

    This was a great fantasy-romance story. I'll process me thoughts and write a review soon. ...

    "I am having a moment." Oh, this was so, so, so much fun. Review to come closer to pub date. ...

    I enjoyed it, but it turned out to be more romance focused than I expected. Full review pending. ...

    Won Paperback ARC from BookishFirst.com! This was my first E. K. Johnston book and I was thrilled when she dedicated it to David and Leigh Eddings! David Eddings was my first fantasy author and will forever hold a special place in my heart. But Eddings this was not. This sort of fel...

    Drunk review to come. This book is about what happens after a #Quest is over. What happens to the squad that saved the world? Some become queens, other become knights, others are irreparably damaged, and some... go back to being the thieves they were before. This is the story about ...

    (view spoiler)["I don't need you," Kalanthe said. She took a deep breath. "But, Olsa, I want you so much. I want you more than I have ever wanted anything in the whole world. Please, you have to trust me." (hide spoiler)] Rep: lesbian mc, bi mc, black and brown characters, trans wo...

  • Quirkybookworm
    Jan 08, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Feb 01, 2018

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

  • Lata
    Mar 24, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Feb 16, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

  • Bart
    Mar 13, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

  • Yvonne Olson
    Apr 14, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

  • SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
    Jan 22, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

  • Justine
    Mar 04, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Mar 05, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

    This is one of the unique novels I've read in a long time. This is a high-level fantasy adventure novel with a love story between two young women. The book alternates between before and after. Which is why I said it's a very unique novel. This is basically a love story between an u...

    Friends. I love this book. I love how it centers women. Women of all stripes. Queer women. Trans women. Ace and aro women. Bi women. Disabled women. Poor women. And through it all, a particular focus on the lives of women of color. All set in a high fantasy world where women and wo...

    This was a great fantasy-romance story. I'll process me thoughts and write a review soon. ...

    "I am having a moment." Oh, this was so, so, so much fun. Review to come closer to pub date. ...

    I enjoyed it, but it turned out to be more romance focused than I expected. Full review pending. ...

  • A.R. Hellbender
    Mar 21, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

    I'm having a hard time with rating this one, it is probably a 3.5. There are such great things about it, but also structural problems that detract from the story. While this is a high fantasy, it is primarily a love story between a knight and a thief who are both female. Overall, I l...

    so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,, ...

    I've been trying to figure out what to say about this novel. It's tough, because it's a different kind of beast altogether and when I try to explain it... It kind of sounds like nothing really happens. But that's not the case. This book is something really special. So let's give it a g...

    3.5 stars This is a book that had a great concept, but the execution didn?t quite work for me. I love how much queer representation there is, that this is about 2 girls who are in love, that this world is reminiscent of medieval times but trans people and all sorts of other queer p...

  • Books on Stereo
    Mar 11, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    Feb 13, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Dec 12, 2017

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

  • Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
    Mar 09, 2019

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

  • Aoife
    Jul 14, 2018

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...

    Everyone go read this book thank you bye. ...

    LOVED everything about this book: the voice, the world-building, the F/F romance, the characters! Mage Ladros is one of my favorites. A YA must-read for lovers of classic adult high fantasy. ...

    DNF @ 25%. Not because I didn't like it. But any time I put this book down, I am unabvle to get back into the story. I have to restart the book to keep me interested. And when you have to restart a book for the fourth time, it's sometimes easier to just put it down and never pick it b...

    Told over two timelines: Before and After. Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life. Interestingly it?s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third. ...

    In theory, I love this book. I love that it?s a high fantasy with queer women and a fantastically diverse cast. But in reality, I?m just so bored reading it. I put this one down at over 50% through the book and I?ve been doing well this year at putting books down that I?m n...

    Actual rating: 3.75 ...

    *I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!* 3.5? When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong ...

    The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative. ...

    What a wonderful homage to David Eddings. I loved picking out all the little references, and I'm sure I missed some even at that. My favourite was "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Sir Branthear asked, as the last tent peg was driven home. "Yours," said Sir Uleweya, though I ...

  • Iris
    Dec 08, 2018

    "an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world." thanks for my life E.K. Johnston ...

    I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story. While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy a...

    Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book. ...

    Hello this is my new favorite fantasy f/f relationship!!! Please read this book Scream review to come ...

    I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing proble...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! **** 4.5 Stars This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. ...

    A labor of love and an homage to those fantasy books of yore, especially David Eddings' Elenium! The book is, in fact, dedicated to David and his wife/co-author Leigh, which I found doubly precious. This is a story you might have heard before: about a group of brave nights, a thief and...

    The cover may LOOK action adventure, but it's really a f/f romance full of pastoral drama, land management, and the flawed socioeconomics of traditional fantasy. It's slow to start, but it pays off when those details come back to tie the worldbuilding together and make you laugh! ...

    Excuse me WHY was I not aware of this book??? It sounds absolutely AMAZING. I need it. ...