• On Writing

    Story Foundations

    Just over a year ago I graduated from university as a mature student. I’d tried higher education when I was fresh from college, but it just didn’t work for me. I wasn’t ready for it at the time, and if I’m honest I wasn’t committed enough. But that worked out for the best because it gave me the opportunity to…

  • Reviews

    Review: The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington

    “AS DESTINY CALLS, A JOURNEY BEGINS It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them – the Gifted – are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion’s Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers. As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was…

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    Review: The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes

    “As any warrior will tell you; even the best swordsman is one bad day away from a corpse. It’s a lesson Blademaster Jezzet Vel’urn isn’t keen to learn. Chased into the Wilds by a vengeful warlord, Jezzet makes it to the free city of Chade. But instead of sanctuary all she finds is more enemies from her past. Arbiter Thanquil…

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    Review: The Little Red Wolf by Amelie Flechais

    “Lose yourself in in the dark forests of Amélie Fléchais’ spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him… but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.” Thanks given to Netgalley and Lion Forge…

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    Review: In the Village Where Brightwine Flows by Bradley P. Beaulieu

    “Street urchins have been turning up missing in the great desert city of Sharakhai. Few care until the son of one of the city’s richest patrons goes missing as well. The apothecary named Dardzada wants nothing to do with it, but his shrewd mind and skills as an apothecary make him indispensable to his cruel half-brother Layth, the captain of…

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    Review: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

    “The Misery is a wasteland: a dangerous, corrupted frontier between the Republic and the Deep Kings.  When traitors, thieves and spies try to flee they run for The Misery, and often as not it’s Captain Ryhalt Galharrow’s job to bring them to heel beneath the fractured skies – provided they haven’t already fallen prey to the twisted creatures that inhabit…

  • On Writing

    Originality in Fantasy

    There’s a stigma attached to fantasy fiction that the vast majority of it is derivative, whether of Tolkien or Howard, or Erikson or Cook. There are many “parents” of the fantasy genre, and new storytellers coming to the watering hole might despair of ever treading new ground. Has everything already been done? Is subverting the tropes of the genre all…

  • Reviews

    Review: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

    “A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs… Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he’s quite happy to laze around annoying his older…

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    Review: Age of Assassins by RJ Barker

    “TO CATCH AN ASSASSIN, USE AN ASSASSIN . . . Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But their latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the…

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    Review: Danse Macabre by Laura M Hughes

    “The dead beckon and the little girl obeys. Night after night she answers the graveyard’s call, though she dreads her encounters with the creature that dwells there. But she’ll soon come to learn that memories are much more dangerous than monsters…” I came across Danse Macabre – a horror/fantasy novelette – after reading some of Hughes’ contributions to FantasyFaction.com. The…