Dear Grimdark… by Sam Sykes
 

Dear Grimdark…

A letter from Sam Sykes

 
Fantasy Book Club – November 2014: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
 

Neverwhere

Fantasy Book Club November 2014

 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – Extensive Review
 

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Review

 

Dear Grimdark… by Sam Sykes

Dear Grimdark… by Sam Sykes 

As most of you will know, Sam Sykes has a new book out this week, The City Stained Red. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on a copy and can tell you that it is by far the best thing Sam has written (and that’s saying something). A full review is forthcoming,  but we […]

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – Extensive Review

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – Extensive Review 

Reviewer’s Foreword Picking up The Slow Regard of Silent Things you are greeted by a number of warnings from the author: “You might not want to buy this book.” … “I think it’s only fair to warn you that this is a bit of a strange story.” … “I don’t go in for spoilers, but suffice to […]

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review 

Author’s Note: This review is spoiler free! Licensed video games do not have the best of reputations. E.T., for the Atari 2600, is considered one of the worst games ever made. The recent Legend of Korra game has been widely panned. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi? Well, the less said about that train wreck, […]

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Firedrake by Richard A. Knaak

Firedrake by Richard A. Knaak 

The land is ruled by the Dragon Kings. The icy north, the land of the Ice Dragon. The south, the city of Irillian by the sea, is ruled by the Blue Dragon. The Black Dragon rules in Lochavar, the land of the grey mists. The wasted lands are ruled by the Brown Dragon. The Red […]

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Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins 

The warrior. Through blood and steel, Bluebell has forged a reputation as an unkillable soldier. The eldest of the five princesses, she is fiercely protective of her family, unashamedly bloodthirsty in battle, and is ruthless in her decision-making. Pragmatic though she may be, though, Bluebell is not heartless. Nothing is more important to her than […]

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Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer 

In August of last year, I wrote about a variety of resources that might be useful to fantasy writers. Recently, I came across another resource that I found so amusing, so educating, so irresistible, that I had to share it: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. This Dictionary was inspired by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer’s habit […]

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Eliza Crewe on her Crushed protagonist, Meda

Eliza Crewe on her Crushed protagonist, Meda 

Regular readers of Fantasy-Faction will remember that following the closure of Strange Chemistry – an event that saw many writers thrust into the unfortunate position where they were unexpectedly out of contract – we offered our site to those authors who were going to pursue the self publishing route. Because the closure of Strange Chemistry […]

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Acacia: The War with the Mein by Anthony Durham

Acacia: The War with the Mein by Anthony Durham 

Reading fantasy can tend to feel like traversing the width and breadth of your home country. You’re seeing the beauty of the land and its people, taking in all the sights of differing regions and the varying cultures that make them up but, at the end of the day, it all starts to feel a […]

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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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