Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King
 

Celebrating Chinese New Year with The Monkey King

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A Guide to Banking in Fantasyland
 

A Guide to Banking in Fantasyland

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Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip
 

Kingfisher

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Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King

Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King 

It’s Chinese New Year, and in honour of the Year of the Monkey, I’ve gathered some my favourite adaptations of the Monkey King stories. The Monkey King is one of the most famous characters in Chinese literature, from one of its classic novels, Journey to the West. Published in the 16th century during the Ming […]

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A Guide to Banking in Fantasyland

A Guide to Banking in Fantasyland 

This article may contain mild spoilers – though not what I would consider story-breaking spoilers – for The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker, Making Money by Terry Pratchett and Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. These are tough times, and everyone needs a little help with the big decisions. Not sure which bank to choose? […]

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Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip

Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip 

This is the first McKillip book I’ve ever read and proves to be very different from my usual fantasy selections. I want to say it is like a cross between historic fantasy and magical realism. A bit paradoxical perhaps? Set in modern times, we have a wyvern-descended king, Arden Wyvernbourne, who is sending his knights […]

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The Builders by Daniel Polansky

The Builders by Daniel Polansky 

“Is it true you killed High-Hand Lawrence and Hotpants the squirrel during the same card game?” Nothing from Cinnabar. No words, no change in his demeanor, no breathing, only the absolute stillness of which only a cold-blooded creature is capable. “I wonder if you’re as fast as they say,” Bessie Weasel chirruped, her hand slowly […]

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Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan – Cover Reveal

Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan – Cover Reveal 

It seems this is cover reveal week on Fantasy-Faction! Today with have the pleasure of revealing the second book in Stephen Aryan’s Age of Darkness series: Bloodmage. The first book, Battlemage, featured a fireball slinging wizard. Bloodmage’s cover follows the theme of battle with a more traditional weapon. But before we reveal the main attraction, […]

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A Darker Shade of Magic – TV Series!?

A Darker Shade of Magic – TV Series!? 

Some exciting news landed on our desks today: V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade Of Magic, which we named as one of our best books of 2015, has been picked up for a television adaption. Interestingly, the production company who has acquired the rights are the same people as are behind London Has Fallen, the sequel to […]

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Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham 

Inspired by the post about graphic novels and fantasy from a few weeks ago, I thought it would be good to revisit the beginnings of a series I started reading a while back, one which came to an end last year. Fables, written by Bill Willingham, told the tale of our favourite fairy tale characters […]

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Emma Newman’s Split Worlds – New Cover Designs

Emma Newman’s Split Worlds – New Cover Designs 

We are big fans of Emma Newman here on Fantasy-Faction. Back in the olden times of 2013 we were lucky enough to host a short story from her Split Worlds universe as a lead up to the release of Between Two Thorns. We were also able to do the cover reveal for the second Split […]

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Fantasy Titles On Our Radar: February 2016 Edition

Fantasy Titles On Our Radar: February 2016 Edition 

Welcome to the second edition of ‘On Our Radar’, your guide to Fantasy titles being release in the month ahead. Looking at the quality of titles this month, doesn’t it make you a little sad that it’s pretty much impossible to read everything being released these days? I guess it’s all about choosing what you pickup carefully […]

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Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente 

Radiance pulled me into itself like the waves on a strange, Venusian beach. I went in with high expectations, since Cat Valente is a fabulous author whose work I have read and loved in the past. I also met her at New York Comic Con, and she mentioned that there were cowboys on Mars in […]

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The Top 15 Tweets & Top 7 Blog Posts from Robert Jackson Bennett

The Top 15 Tweets & Top 7 Blog Posts from Robert Jackson Bennett 

Top 15 Tweets The Twitter-feed of Robert Jackson Bennett is a wondrous, but dangerous place to spend time. If you follow Robert in addition to another 1000 or so people, the normality and reason of the masses will likely dilute the strangeness and zaniness of Robert’s feed to the extent there will be no lasting damage […]

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Cover Reveal: Joe Abercrombie’s ‘Half A War’

Cover Reveal: Joe Abercrombie’s ‘Half A War’ 

When Joe Abercrombie announced that he would be working on a ‘Young Adult’ series of novels a few years back, no one really knew what to expect. Would the books turn out to be watered down versions of his First Law novels? Would they end up being too tame for current readers to enjoy? Too […]

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