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    Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    “‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’ It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is…

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    The Key to Enjoying The Last Jedi

      Warning: this post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so please do not read before watching the film if you want to avoid them. Image copyright – StarWars.com.   So the latest Star Wars blockbuster The Last Jedi has hit cinemas, the eighth instalment of the “saga” films following on from 2015’s The Force Awakens. And…

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    Review: The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt

    “A ragtag crew of humans and posthumans discover alien technology that could change the fate of humanity… or awaken an ancient evil and destroy all life in the galaxy. The shady crew of the White Raven run freight and salvage at the fringes of our solar system. They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away…

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    A free Nick Teller short story

    “Twelve years before the events of Rogue Arcanist, Nick Teller is just a fifteen year old kid. Except that he’s a fifteen year old kid who’s also an arcanist, and he’s been sent into London to hunt something not from this world. Things can’t get any worse. Oh, wait… yes they can.” You’ve probably heard me banging on about releasing my…

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    Review: Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

    “To escape the burden of his family’s past, Whym accepts an apprenticeship with a master his parents fear and revile. He soon finds himself entangled in a web of treachery and on a perilous journey to locate a creature of myth and magic-a journey that will transform Whym and shape the future of the realm. Meanwhile, Quint, the son of…

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    Review: Flotsam by R J Theodore

    “Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs. When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies. Now…

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    Review: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

    “Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of…

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    Review: Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

    “After inheriting a highly specialised, and highly peculiar, medical practice, Dr Helsing spends her days treating London’s undead for a host of ills: vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s dreamed of since childhood. But when a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing…

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    Review: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

    “Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon – but the Queen of…

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    Review: An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington

    “AS SHADOWS RISE, A DARKNESS AWAKES An amnesty has been declared for all Augurs – finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against Andarra. However, as Davian and his new allies hurry north towards the ever-weakening Boundary, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. Meanwhile,…