Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
 

Practical Magic

Review

 
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
 

The Man in the High Castle

Review

 
Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker
 

Empire of the Dead

Review

 

Browsing all articles by J. C. Kang.

Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker

Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker
4.5

Gilgamesh meets Oceans 11 meets The Walking Dead. As much as I raved about Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate, you would think I would’ve jumped at his Empire of the Dead, book one of the Godsblood Trilogy. You would be wrong. Partially. I actually one-click bought the book when it first came out, […]

Continue reading...

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
5

In my review of Phil Tucker’s The Siege of Abythos, I felt like that guy at a sports stadium, trying to start the wave, in my attempt to make the hashtag #TrollsArePeopleToo go viral. No such luck. Well, in honor of Jonathan French’s Big-5 release of The Grey Bastards, I’m going to try again with […]

Continue reading...

Golden Age by James Maxwell

Golden Age by James Maxwell
5

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them meets 300. No, not, really. James Maxwell’s Golden Age shares only two things in common with JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: you can find them (the books) at the top of Amazon’s Bestseller Lists and both tell us where to find fantastic beasts. (Confession: […]

Continue reading...

Nightblade by Ryan Kirk

Nightblade by Ryan Kirk
4

As a fan of epic fantasy with diverse casts, I always saw Ryan Kirk’s Nightblade atop the Asian Myths and Legends charts on Amazon, reminding me I needed to finish it. Though it had been sitting on my Kindle for years, and I had tried several times to make it through the first chapter, it […]

Continue reading...

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
4

Today is May 4, coincidentally the 99th anniversary of the first popular protest in China’s history. Due to the somber tone of The Poppy War, I am eschewing my usual levity in this review. In my review of Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon, I proclaimed to be an avid student of Napoleonic History. If there’s […]

Continue reading...

R. F. Kuang Interview – The Poppy War

R. F. Kuang Interview – The Poppy War 

Rebecca F. Kuang (writing as R. F. Kuang) immigrated to the US from Guangzhou, China in 2000. When she isn’t writing books she is a student of Chinese history focusing on military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. Her debut novel, The Poppy War, based on the Second Sino-Japanese War, released in the US yesterday […]

Continue reading...

Blackmark by Jean Lowe Carlson

Blackmark by Jean Lowe Carlson
4.5

If you’ve followed my reviews on Fantasy-Faction, you know how I nearly gave up on some of my now-favorite books and series like Alec Hutson’s Crimson Queen and Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate. Add Jean Lowe Carlson’s Blackmark, book one of The Kingsmen Chronicles as yet another story I almost threw down after […]

Continue reading...

Tree of Ages by Sara Roethle

Tree of Ages by Sara Roethle
4.5

Some books grab you from the get go with breakneck action. Others, with a lovable character in a difficult situation. In many, we are immersed in new, fascinating worlds which don’t follow expected rules. Oftentimes, we get a combination, such as Pee Wee’s Playhouse. In Tree of Ages, by Sara Roethle, we get: a tree. […]

Continue reading...

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch by Rebekah Loper

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch by Rebekah Loper
4.25

Though I usually don’t confess what I am about to tell you in polite circles, I imagine it will be a badge of honor on Fantasy-Faction: Once upon a time, when Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was still in its first edition, I was a Dungeon Master. One of the greatest joys of being Dungeon Master, […]

Continue reading...

Summerlark Elf by Brandon Draga

Summerlark Elf by Brandon Draga
4

An elf with a mysterious background? Check. A Halfling with a less than reputable profession? Check. A half-elf with parental issues? Check. A dwarf with a pickaxe? Check. All of them coming together to form an adventuring party? CHECK! As an avid Dungeons & Dragons player and DM in my youth, I thoroughly enjoyed listening […]

Continue reading...

Darkstorm by M. L. Spencer

Darkstorm by M. L. Spencer
4.5

My early impression of Darkstorm, the prequel to the Rhenwars Saga series by M. L. Spencer, was that everyone was a magic user; and that in contradiction to the adage, An armed society is a polite society, this dark fantasy’s society of mages was far from polite. About halfway through, I realized that not everyone […]

Continue reading...

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City by Fonda Lee
5

Aficionados of Hong Kong Cinema, hear me out: Imagine Chow Yun-Fat in one of his classic ‘90s Triad movies, but give him the superhuman martial skills from the Show Brothers’ Golden Age of Wuxia. Add in the complex plotting and backstabbing of Game of Thrones, and you have Fonda Lee’s Jade City. I stumbled upon […]

Continue reading...