Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
 

Riot Baby

Review

 
Breaking Chaos by Ben Galley
 

Breaking Chaos

Review

 
The Moonsteel Crown by Stephen Deas – Cover Reveal & Excerpt
 

The Moonsteel Crown

Cover Reveal & Excerpt

 

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The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith

The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith
4.75

The Last Jedi in Paris. Figuring the audience for a fantasy sequel is smaller than that of a book one, I haven’t written a review of one for Fantasy-Faction in quite a long while. However, The Glamourist, Luanne G. Smith’s follow-up to her amazing debut, The Vine Witch, had me so engrossed, it deserved more […]

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Victor Gischler Interview – A Fire Beneath the Skin

Victor Gischler Interview – A Fire Beneath the Skin 

A few weeks ago, we reviewed Victor Gischler’s A Fire Beneath the Skin series. Today we are catching up with the author to talk about it and his many other projects! I was surprised to see Wikipedia has an entry on you, and I confess, I did some background research on it. A quick look […]

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Fire Beneath the Skin by Victor Gischler – Series Review

Fire Beneath the Skin by Victor Gischler – Series Review
4.5

Game of Thrones meets Ink Masters. Despite his award-winning literary career, Victor Gischler was an unknown to me—beyond the fact that Amazon always recommended his Ink Mage in its incessant emails. Though the cover grabbed my attention, I never read past the first two paragraphs of the blurb before tossing it onto the slopes of […]

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Luanne G. Smith Interview – The Vine Witch

Luanne G. Smith Interview – The Vine Witch 

The Vine Witch was an Amazon First Read last September and has since garnered over 3,500 reviews. I picked it up not because I was particularly interested in wine or witches, but rather because it was free with Amazon Prime. Going in with low expectations, I was blown away by the creativity and wordsmithing. In […]

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The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
4.75

If Game of Thrones was isolated to the French wine country. I confess, the cover for The Vine Witch didn’t grab my attention, nor did the premise particularly interest me. A witch and a French vineyard? MEH. Besides the old TV show, Bewitched, witch stories have never particularly interested me. And wine? Well, remember the […]

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Asian Fantasy: SPFBO Edition

Asian Fantasy: SPFBO Edition 

With Lunar New Year around the corner, I joined a group chat with SFPBO past and present finalists Rob J. Hayes (Never Die, 2019), Virginia McClain (Blade’s Edge, 2019), M. L. Wang (The Sword of Kaigen, 2019), and K. Bird Lincoln (Tiger Lily, 2017) to discuss English-original Asian fantasy. Due to time zones and deadlines, […]

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An Introduction to Xianxia: LitRPG’s Redheaded Stepsister

An Introduction to Xianxia: LitRPG’s Redheaded Stepsister 

The most widely read fantasy story in history is not George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, nor even JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. That honor belongs to Jin Yong’s Condor Trilogy, which fits into the Wuxia (pronounced ooo-shyah, literally Martial Knight-Errant) genre. If you’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or old […]

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Unsouled by Will Wight

Unsouled by Will Wight
5

The Monkey King meets Up. For a novel entitled Unsouled, Will Wight’s prototypical story has a lot of soul. I’d picked it up a couple of years ago, but each time I’d tried to start, like many books buried on the slopes of Mount TBR, I never made it past the first two pages. Not […]

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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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