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Lian Hearn Interview – Orphan Warriors

Lian Hearn Interview – Orphan Warriors 

On Friday of last week, we reviewed Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori series, which begins with Across the Nightingale Floor. She has two more books in the series coming out soon: Orphan Warriors and Sibling Assassins. And today, we are lucky enough to have an interview with the author! First off, I am going […]

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Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn – Series Review

Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn – Series Review
4.5

Japanese Game of Thrones. I was first drawn to Japanese samurai stories as a nine-year-old, when the miniseries based on James Clavell’s Shogun graced the little screen for five straight nights. Besides being the first time I ever saw suggestion of the hanky-panky happening on television, what struck me the most was the exotic customs […]

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
4.25

“Tagline Intentionally Left Blank” One of my favorite parts of writing reviews is coming up with a snappy tagline that compares the book in question to iconic stories. The publisher has promoted Descendant of the Crane as a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones, and while it does have an intricate plot and luscious world building, its […]

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Soul Render by T. L. Branson

Soul Render by T. L. Branson
4

“Stormbringer in a stone.” Middle school marked the rebirth of my interest in fantasy, and after reading heroic fantasy stories like Dragonlance and Dragonriders of Pern, I was taken aback by Elric of Melnibone. The ability of Stormbringer to suck souls utterly horrified me: raised in a Southern Baptist household, the idea that the essence […]

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Never Die by Rob J. Hayes

Never Die by Rob J. Hayes
4

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets The Walking Dead.” As an ethnic Chinese martial arts practitioner, I have a love-hate relation with Wuxia. My first introduction to the genre came not through literature, but through Shaw Brothers movies. One of my favorite ages of cinema is 1990s Hong Kong, where Jet Li rose to fame in […]

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The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang

The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang
4.5

The Poppy War’s darkness meets The Last Airbender’s elemental magic. Being a second world conflict between China and Japan, M. L. Wang’s The Sword of Kaigen brought to my mind R. F. Kuang’s meteoric debut, The Poppy War. With all the hype surrounding it, The Poppy War was my most anticipated release of 2018, but […]

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The Coilhunter Chronicles by Dean F. Wilson – Spoiler Free Series Review

The Coilhunter Chronicles by Dean F. Wilson – Spoiler Free Series Review
4.25

Steampunk Batman meets A Fistful of Dollars (and later, the Borg). Despite Fantasy-Faction originally being a British website, I am pretty sure that everyone knows Americans romanticize the Wild West: the freewheeling setting, the gunslinger vigilante who stands up to the bad guys when the government can’t. It might as well be the bedrock of […]

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
4.25

If GRRM wrote a mix of The Incredibles and Avatar, with a necromancer heroine. Last year, Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone came in second to RF Kuang’s The Poppy War on my personal list of Most Anticipated Debuts. After seeing Ms. Adeyemi’s interview with Jimmy Fallon (he lauded her success at an early […]

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Gryphon Riders Trilogy by Derek Alan Siddoway – Series Review

Gryphon Riders Trilogy by Derek Alan Siddoway – Series Review
4.25

My first recollection of gryphons in fantasy literature was in Dragons of Winter’s Night. In a world where dragons and their riders were in the spotlight, I was enamored with the lion-bodied, eagle-headed creatures ridden by the reclusive Silvanesti elves. Specifically, ridden by Alhana Starbreeze, who I adored probably because of my teenage obsession with […]

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Web of Eyes by Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle

Web of Eyes by Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle
4.5

If 48 Hours was sword and sorcery. As a writer in way too many fantasy author groups on Facebook, I saw an early cover for Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle’s Web of Eyes, and knew I wanted to eventually read it. While the new covers each feature one of the three main characters, the […]

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Blade & Rose by Miranda Honfleur

Blade & Rose by Miranda Honfleur
4.25

An R-Rated Kushiel’s Dart. For Miranda Honfleur’s fantasy romance, Blade & Rose, I originally considered using the tagline, Versailles meets Empire Strikes Back. Set in a second world French royal court, with plenty of intrigue, it initially appears as if the bad guys are using the heroine’s best friend as bait—just like Darth Vader tortures […]

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Paternus: Wrath of Gods by Dyrk Ashton

Paternus: Wrath of Gods by Dyrk Ashton
4.75

Stephen Hawking meets the Dalai Lama. (And they agree on everything about the universe.) In my review of Paternus: Rise of Gods, I mentioned my first impression was it felt like an urban fantasy; though neither it nor Paternus: Wrath of Gods belong to that genre. In the end, I compared Rise of Gods to American Gods […]

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