Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
 

The Lost Plot

Urskuul's Reading Circle

 
Dungeons and Dragons – An Adventure in Two Worlds
 

D&D - An Adventure in Two Worlds

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Joe Hill Interview – Strange Weather
 

Joe Hill

Interview - Strange Weather

 

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman 

Everyone likes libraries, don’t they? They’re normally fair-sized buildings which are chock-full of books. And the main rule that guides most libraries? Other than the normal ones. You know like: – Don’t steal the books. – Don’t burn down the library. – Don’t stage an over-elaborate murder designed to implicate one of your political rivals […]

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Dungeons and Dragons – An Adventure in Two Worlds

Dungeons and Dragons – An Adventure in Two Worlds 

Kenric awoke to the smell of his own urine. Sweet and acrid. He raised a hand to his head and massaged his temples. The thumping ache behind his eyes, threatening to push them clear of their sockets, and a throat more parched than the Calim Desert combined with the burning need to pee once more […]

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Joe Hill Interview – Strange Weather

Joe Hill Interview – Strange Weather 

Joe Hill is the best-selling, award-winning author of the novels Heart-Shaped Box (2007), Horns (2010), NOS4R2 [NOS4A2 in the US] (2013), and The Fireman (2016), as well as comics including Locke & Key (2008-2013) and Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland (2013) and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts (2005). His latest book, Strange Weather, out […]

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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – Spoiler Free Review

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – Spoiler Free Review 

Victoria Schwab (a.k.a. V. E. Schwab) is a force in the young adult fantasy genre. After her A Darker Shade of Magic series launched a major fan club with cultish devotion, it’s no surprise that Our Dark Duet, the sequel to This Savage Song, ended up on 2017’s Favorite Fantasy Books List. (Because Our Dark […]

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Creating a Fantasy Race

Creating a Fantasy Race 

The fantasy genre is filled with an astonishing array of wildly different races that populate our stories. Some are drawn from older myths and legends like elves and dwarfs while others are brand new creations from the author’s imagination. Would-be worldbuilders might think it’s just a matter of slapping some limbs together and thinking up […]

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Exile by Martin Owton

Exile by Martin Owton 

Shortlisted for last year’s Best Newcomer prize at the British Fantasy Awards, Exile is the first half of Martin Owton’s Nandor Tales – the story concludes in Nandor, also through Tickety Boo Press. From the cover art, the reader may be expecting a high-stakes, world-shifting epic fantasy, but the truth is a little different: Exile […]

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His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik 

Napoleonic Wars? Check. Age of Sail naval culture? Check. Hints of Asian civilizations? Check. Dragons? Check. The only thing that could make me want to read His Majesty’s Dragon more would be an Ominous Dark Lord bent on world domination. Oh, wait, there is some short megalomaniac mentioned often in Naomi Novik’s alternate world novel. […]

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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman 

How many times have you read something that made you gasp aloud? I’ve cried pretty liberally over events—Dobbie’s death and burial (HP and the Deathly Hallows), the duel between Ammar and Rodrigo (Lions of Al-Rassan), Frodo’s departure for the Blessed Lands (Return of the King)—but I can’t remember gasping aloud at a single word uttered […]

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Django Wexler Interview – The Infernal Battalion

Django Wexler Interview – The Infernal Battalion 

Back in 2013, Fantasy-Faction interviewed Django Wexler as the first book in his Shadow Campaigns series, The Thousand Names, was about to come out. So it’s only fitting that we interview for his January 9th release of the fifth and final book in the series, The Infernal Battalion. And in this interview, in addition to […]

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The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler

The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler 

The Infernal Battalion is the fifth and final book in Django Wexler’s series, The Shadow Campaigns. And when it comes to a series finale, I’m looking for any final mysteries to be resolved, plot threads to come together, characters to fully and finally embrace who they are, and a big showdown to be fought. In […]

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M. John Harrison Interview – You Should Come With Me Now

M. John Harrison Interview – You Should Come With Me Now 

M. John Harrison’s first story was published in New Worlds in 1968. Since then he has proved himself one of the most interesting writers in genre. His Viriconium stories, beginning with The Pastel City (1971), use a decaying city on the edge of time to explore the very nature of fantasy and escapism, while the […]

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Deadhouse Landing by Ian C. Esslemont

Deadhouse Landing by Ian C. Esslemont 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor and very general spoilers for the Path of Ascendancy series. But then this is a prequel series so the spoilers here are no worse than the ones you’d get from reading the blurbs of books from earlier Malazan series. Ian C. Esslemont is the co-creator, alongside Steven Erikson, of […]

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