Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #6: Our Round One Winner
 

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #6

Our Round One Winner

 
Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore – SPFBO #6 Semi-Finals Review
 

Where Shadows Lie

SPFBO #6 Semi-Finals Review

 
Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire – SPFBO #6 Semi-Finals Review
 

Shadow of a Dead God

SPFBO #6 Semi-Finals Review

 

Browsing all articles by Aleksandra Kesek.

Murder by Sarah Pinborough

Murder by Sarah Pinborough
5

Years after the horrors of Jack the Ripper and the Torso Killer which terrorised London, not everyone has forgotten about the Upir. Doctor Thomas Bond might have found some peace after Upir stopped lurking in the shadows and started enjoying life in the company of Juliana Harrington, but he is aware that Upir’s terrors are […]

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The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman
5

This is a review of the book and the performance which took place on 6th July 2014 in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. When I was a little girl I loved dark stories – like fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers or ghost stories for example. Either read in the darkness of my bedroom with […]

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Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson

Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson
5

Death was never as glorious in real life as in the songs, he mused. There was nothing heroic about it, really. You were just alive, and then you were blood and meat and bones in a slightly different order. Ulfar Thormodsson is ready to go back home after two years in exile with his cousin […]

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Witches: Wicked, Wild and Wonderful edited by Paula Guran

Witches: Wicked, Wild and Wonderful edited by Paula Guran
3.5

“Don’t get in a witch’s path. Especially if you are the weaker witch. If you do, be prepared to face her.” – “Bloodlines” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Witches are represented in different ways throughout cultures. In this anthology they take various forms – powerful women, young, old, poor, influential, timid, rich, classic fairy tale hags etc. […]

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The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas

The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas
5

It’s hard to believe that dragons once ruled the world. Now they are used by humans as mounts, hunting and war machines, precious gifts to settle diplomatic disputes and as bargaining chips. Dragons have a unique place in the world of The Adamantine Palace, but they are far from their usual formidable selves. Their breeding […]

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Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
5

The world isn’t a romantic stage play; it’s not all love and glory. And a swordfight isn’t always about skill or strength; sometimes – maybe even most times – it’s about who’s willing to take a blow just to make sure he delivers a worse one to his opponent. Traitor’s Blade was one of the […]

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The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
5

Laughter disarms the fiercest of men. – Lokabrenna A child’s fascination with something can last a long time and spark great ideas; ideas that can be turned into books. As a little girl, Joanne Harris found Thunder of the Gods by Dorothy G. Hosford in her local library. She loved the book so much that […]

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Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome edited by Stephen Jones

Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome edited by Stephen Jones
5

Reading fairy tales can be more thrilling than visiting haunted houses and dungeon attractions. So how scary are fairy tales? Fairy tales and legends had a very long oral history before they began appearing in print. Although all countries have their own tales and legends, reflecting their beliefs and character, many of them have a […]

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
5

‘No doubt we shall have to sit there all bloody evening listening to some awful drivel about fairies.’ – William Heaney Thousands of people go missing every year in the world. Some of them might never come back, but those that do, after a long or short period of time, have different stories to tell […]

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Alamut by Vladimir Bartol (Translated by Michael Biggins)

Alamut by Vladimir Bartol (Translated by Michael Biggins)
5

‘Nothing is true, everything is permitted.’ – The Supreme Ismaili Motto Alamut is an impenetrable fortress which houses a small Ismaili army ruled by the enigmatic Hasan ibn Sabbah. He is a charismatic yet elusive master. The subjects of Hasan ibn Sabbah, also called Sayyiduna, are in awe of their master on many different levels–some […]

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