Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (spoiler free)
 

Fool’s Assassin

Spoiler Free Review

 
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Trailer Released

 
On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters
 

On The Trail Of Evil

Article

 

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (spoiler free)

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (spoiler free) 

This is a spoiler free review of Fool’s Assassin. HOWEVER it does contain spoilers for all of Hobb’s previous books. Read with caution if you’ve yet to finish her previous series. It’s been a long journey. Fitzchivalry has survived torture, dragons, the loss of many close friends, enough psychological and physical damage to break a […]

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer 

Well, here it is, the trailer we’ve all been waiting almost 2 years for has finally arrived a few days earlier than planned (due to a leak). That movie is, of course, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats, Tony Stark attempts to jumpstart a […]

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On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters

On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters 

The skies have darkened and night has come to the world. Thieves and assassins skulk in every shadow, waiting for their chance to strike. Ruthless politicians claw their way up the ladder, smiling politely before they stab you. Dark sorcerers seek out ancient artefacts and perform forbidden rituals in pursuit of more power. And across […]

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Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini 

After a fair debut from this author with her Starcrossed trilogy, this new beginning of another left a bit to be desired. What compelled me to pick it up was the blurb: Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them […]

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Malazan Book of the Fallen – Redux

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Redux 

So, over a period of close to a year, I’ve waxed lyrical about Erikson’s epic series Malazan Book of the Fallen but, with today’s demands on our time, the question remains, should you even bother? Chances are good that you can guess my answer to this question but it may not be as clear cut […]

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Underground Fantasy – Part One: Caves

Underground Fantasy – Part One: Caves 

The name Dungeons and Dragons sums up the appeal of the fantasy genre perfectly. Giant magical creatures and dark, mysterious settings create images of mythic adventure and enchantment that provoke cult-like attachments that are enough to sustain entire communities. We talk about dragons a lot as a dominant feature of fantasy but in this series […]

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Vowed by Liz de Jager

Vowed by Liz de Jager 

Vowed is the second book in The Blackhart Legacy and reunites us with kick-ass hero Kit Blackhart. I was impressed by Kit the first time around and I’m pleased to say that this subsequent adventure impressed me even more. Vowed has the feel of a detective story, which contrasts nicely with Banished’s straight-up action adventure. […]

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Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies – Part Two

Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies – Part Two 

Welcome back to our stroll down memory lane in the city of Sanctuary. We’re revisiting the Thieves’ World series, the twelve anthologies that resulted from an idea by Robert Asprin and friends to write sword and sorcery stories in a shared universe. The concept made an impact on generations of readers, including best-selling fantasy author […]

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Learn Dothraki on your Iphone

Learn Dothraki on your Iphone 

You’ve got a while until season 5 of A Game of Thrones starts, so perhaps you are looking for something to do in order to kill the time? Something productive, that will come in useful in the near  future (so long as that future includes heading to a nomadic land full of warriors), perhaps then it […]

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Dragonlance – Thirty Years Old

Dragonlance – Thirty Years Old 

“Evil turns in upon itself.” Very rarely has a truer phrase been written so simply and we’ll come back to that later. The Dragonlance Chronicles first appeared in bookshops thirty years ago. The first book, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, was published in 1984. The second in the trilogy was released the same year and the […]

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Mortal Instruments not right for Box Office, but TV…?

Mortal Instruments not right for Box Office, but TV…? 

Did any of you see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie? It was supposed to be a movie that would pick up a fan base along the same lines of Twilight or The Hunger Games, but instead bombed in the same way that The Golden Compass did in 2007. If you didn’t see it, it’s […]

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The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard

The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard 

Long before ‘cli-fi’ was a thing, long before the issue of climate change had really impacted on popular consciousness, there was J G Ballard’s The Drowned World. Ballard’s 1962 debut novel (or rather his second – his first novel, The Wind from Nowhere, he went on to disown) was a product of its time, yet […]

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