Crafting A Fall: Turning Heroes to the Dark Side
 

Turning Heroes to the Dark Side

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A Fantasy Geek’s Guide to YouTube – RPG Let’s Plays Part Two: Honourable Mentions
 

Fantasy Geek’s Guide to YouTube

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
 

Spinning Silver

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Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off #4: Cover Competition

Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off #4: Cover Competition 

As ever, with the SPFBO, well, for the past two or three years, there is, at the start, a little cover competition. (And clearly a few overactive commas!) This year, through a process of alchemy, magic, and bribery we, the judges, have decided on our top three covers from the 30 books which Mark issued […]

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4th Annual Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off – An Introduction

4th Annual Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off – An Introduction 

Hello, to all the followers of the SPFBO – Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off – the competition which began with an idle thought in the shadowed recesses of Mark Lawrence’s mind and is now in its fourth year. Some of the previous winners and finalists have been picked up by traditional publishing houses and some authors […]

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Black City Dragon by Richard A. Knaak – Cover Reveal

Black City Dragon by Richard A. Knaak – Cover Reveal 

Today Fantasy-Faction would like to welcome Richard A Knaak to the site so that he can show off the cover for his new book, due out November 13, 2018. I’ve already reviewed the first two books for Fantasy-Faction and enjoyed them both thoroughly. Without me waffling any further, I’ll hand over to Richard. – – […]

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Albion Online – First Impressions

Albion Online – First Impressions 

I started playing MMOs back when Ultima Online (UO) was only one world, when a red name struck fear into my heart and my armour consisted of a death shroud, my weapon a Katana, and a couple of black pearls in my pack. Oh, and an escape recall rune – sometimes running was the best […]

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Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – SPFBO Review

Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – SPFBO Review
4.25

Five years ago, Corin Cadence’s brother entered the Serpent Spire—a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire’s trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the […]

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The Way into Chaos by Harry Connolly – SPFBO Review

The Way into Chaos by Harry Connolly – SPFBO Review
3.5

The city of Peradain is the heart of an empire built with steel, spears, and a monopoly on magic. Until, in a single day, it falls, overthrown by a swarm of supernatural creatures of incredible power and ferocity. Neither soldier nor spellcaster can stand against them. The empire’s armies are crushed, its people scattered, its […]

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The War of Undoing by Alex Perry – SPFBO Review

The War of Undoing by Alex Perry – SPFBO Review
2

“My name is Tay Raining, and this is my brother Ellstone. I wonder if you’ve heard of us . . . I have a birthmark shaped like a question mark on my hand, I think it might mean something but I’m not sure what. My brother is probably important too, though I can’t imagine how. […]

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Monster Hunter World – Video Game Review

Monster Hunter World – Video Game Review 

I have no desire to stalk and kill big game across the savanna plains of Africa. To be honest, the whole concept of big game hunting; shooting and killing an animal just because it is a) there and b) I happen to have a gun and it does not, holds absolutely no appeal to me. […]

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Fixer by James Jakins – SPFBO Review

Fixer by James Jakins – SPFBO Review
3.5

Jack Bloodfist fixes things. That’s what his card says, anyway. When the orcs and goblins of Summervale, Virginia need something done they call Jack. He’s the one who convinces the local PD to ignore any tribal violence. The guy who makes sure the goblins aren’t evicted whenever they do something decidedly goblin. He also does […]

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The Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson – SPFBO Review

The Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson – SPFBO Review
3.5

Long ago the world fell into twilight, when the great empires of old consumed each other in sorcerous cataclysms. In the south the Star Towers fell, swallowed by the sea, while the black glaciers descended upon the northern holdfasts, entombing the cities of Min-Ceruth in ice and sorcery. Then from the ancient empire of Menekar […]

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Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes – SPFBO Review

Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes – SPFBO Review
4

For some reason, the archetypal pirate accent from Hollywood movies always comes out of my mouth (and pen) as a farmer from deepest Wiltshire or Somerset… it doesn’t have quite the same menace. Few folks are scared of a man with a piece of straw between his teeth rather than a knife or cutlass. Anyway, […]

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Tiger Lily by K. Bird Lincoln – SPFBO Review

Tiger Lily by K. Bird Lincoln – SPFBO Review
2.5

Lily isn’t supposed to hunt game in the Daimyo’s woods. She’s just the cook’s daughter. It isn’t her place to talk to nobility. And she definitely isn’t supposed to sing the old Jindo religious songs. But Lily was born in the year of the Tiger, and can’t ever be like other village girls. In the […]

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