Petra McDonald and the Queen of the Fae by Shona Kinsella
 

Petra McDonald and the Queen of the Fae

Review

 
Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side
 

Peter Haynes

Interview – The Willow by Your Side

 
Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix – Series Review
 

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen

Abhorsen Series Review

 

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Body Work – Rivers of London Graphic Novel Review

Body Work – Rivers of London Graphic Novel Review
4.5

I was raised on a diet of comic-book adaptations. Back when home video was in its infancy, they were the only way to ‘watch’ a film again, or in some cases even see it. I had a paperback version of The Empire Strikes Back from Marvel that literally dropped to bits from being read so […]

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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
4.75

The Anubis Gates was first released in 1983, and I was fortunate enough to pick up a paperback copy at the time from my local library. Back then, I would read anything that could be classed as fantasy and sci-fi, and this tale of time travel back to the 1800s mixed with magic and the […]

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

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
4.5

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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Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
3.75

If you’d asked me ten years ago what I thought of fantasy, I’d have told you I wasn’t a fan anymore. That’s changed now (thanks to Abercrombie and Lynch), but at the time I’d grown weary of reading about the young man in a menial job who turns out to be the Only One capable […]

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
4

Time flies: It’s thirty years since Clive Barker’s first novel, The Damnation Game, was published. A tale of Faustian proportions, it – along with his short story collections The Books of Blood – changed the face of horror fiction at the time. Barker’s writing was full of vital energy and visceral imagery that was a […]

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The Vagrant by Peter Newman

The Vagrant by Peter Newman
4

Peter Newman’s debut novel, The Vagrant, tells of a man who “friendless and alone…walks a desolate, war-torn landscape”. After recently enjoying the latest Mad Max movie, I was immediately struck with the feeling that this would be a fantasy equivalent, swapping engines for horses and guns for swords. The Vagrant’s cover depicts the man himself, […]

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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
5

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s tale of a girl who follows a white rabbit down a hole in the ground and finds herself in the strangest of places. It’s a story that’s left a huge and lasting legacy, with a multitude of adaptations and influences across all […]

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Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Swan Song by Robert McCammon
4

Back in the 1980s, when the Cold War was at its height, the spectre of nuclear war loomed large, and this was reflected in the fiction of the time. Some TV shows – the UK’s Threads and The Day After in the US spring to mind – were downright terrifying, enough to keep my teenage […]

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The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough
5

With a title like The Death House, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was one of those gory shlock horrors written towards the end of the twentieth century. Unusually for this site, it’s not a fantasy novel, either. What it is, though, is something remarkable. Author Sarah Pinborough has set her story in an unspecified […]

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The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce

The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce
5

It is 1976, the hottest summer in England since records began, and a young man called David is about to start work at a holiday camp close to the seaside town of Skegness. Under skies that are bright and cloudless, David helps to entertain holidaymakers of all ages, whether it be judging the quality of […]

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
4.5

My hardback cover of The Queen of the Tearling is emblazoned with a bright red sticker telling me it’s: “SOON TO BE A MAJOR FILM starring Emma Watson”. On the inside, the blurb claims that the book is: “the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination”. There’s much to live up to, […]

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Shadowmarch by Tad Williams

Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
3.75

This review’s been a long time coming. It’s almost a year to the day since a friend loaned me his copy of Shadowmarch and suggested I read it and, in a year where I’ve been averaging a book a week, it’s taken me almost a month to complete. It’s as if I’ve been avoiding the […]

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