Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
 

Shadowmarch

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
 

The 5th Wave

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The Secret Atlas by Michael A. Stackpole
 

The Secret Atlas

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Chris Evans Interview

Chris Evans Interview 

Chris Evans, author of the Iron Elves series, has once again delved into the realms of fantasy, this time with Of Bone and Thunder. This story of war and camaraderie takes place in a conflict that echoes the Vietnam War if it had been filled with dragons, magic, and dwarves. Sound interesting? We thought so […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

Last time we looked at how faeries have evolved, through some of their integral folklore as well as the genre as a whole. Some changes have been marked, others more subtle. The same goes for the faeries who constantly bask in the spotlight, one way or another; famous or infamous in folklore and stories written […]

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 

Online games can be a little daunting to approach—at least they were for me. I’ve not tried many—count ‘em, two—but it seems I struck lucky with the second. I never tried games such as World of Warcraft and the like, since honestly, I never could get past the character generation screens. I look for a […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Two: The Evolution of Fae

Faeries and Folklore – Part Two: The Evolution of Fae 

Last time we looked at the faeries as a whole, a genus. But to really get to grips with the fae and just who and what they are, we need to be more specific, we need to go deeper. If we arm ourselves with Purkiss’ list (refreshed below) we can begin to look at some […]

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Demons in Fantasy

Demons in Fantasy 

So, demons in fantasy? A quick (and I mean a super, uber, single) search on Google for “Demon Fantasy” doesn’t yield much: the books that flag on Amazon are all self-published Kindle novels, the covers of which have a definite romance vibe, or at the very least, that kick-ass-chick-glancing-over-one-shoulder vibe, and there’s little joy in […]

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Magic In Fantasy: Alternative Magic Systems

Magic In Fantasy: Alternative Magic Systems 

This is the forth article in our series on Magic in Fantasy. To read the earlier articles click the links below. Part One: Introduction Part Two: Real Magic Part Three: Ancient Magic Finally we’ve come to the most exciting stop on our magic safari. Real magic and ancient systems of magic are exciting enough, yet […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction

Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction 

We’re going to talk about faeries. For the purposes of both my sanity and authenticity, leave any and all notions of Disney’s Tinker Bell at the door. Tinker Bell is a pretty fiction dreamed up in order to invite little girls to dress in frilly gowns that glitter and sparkle in the sun. Faeries are […]

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The Truth About -Punk

The Truth About -Punk 

There is something that really gets me thinking (well, there are many things, really, but this is a big one) about the genre and its tendency to label things, to pigeonhole authors and books into categories with ‘helpful’ titles. In a sense labels can be useful; they can separate and advise. But when they’re misused […]

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Love in SFF – From True Love to BFFs

Love in SFF – From True Love to BFFs 

Romance in SFF is one of those things that people either love, hate, or are frankly indifferent about. I’m not one of those; I will eagerly admit that I love romance. Since Valentine’s has just been and gone in a flutter of rose petals, stuffed bears, wine, chocolates and the odd grumbling status update about […]

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European Dragons: From the North and East

European Dragons: From the North and East 

Our final destination on our worldwide dragon journey is Europe. I know, I know—not very exciting, is it? But wait! Having looked specifically at Chinese dragons last time, it’s only right and proper to give more “Western” dragons a detailed examination. However, the usual image of a dragon—which is, of course, the traditional Western view […]

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Fandom and Creativity

Fandom and Creativity 

Fandom is a funny thing. It’s also a complex thing with practically a life of its own; an organic organism that has taken on a different meaning besides stereotypical lines of nerdy thirty-year-old men queuing up outside comic and bookstores for the latest release or, dressing up like favourite—yet fairly “mainstream”—characters on Halloween. In fact, […]

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Grandfathers of Fantasy

Grandfathers of Fantasy 

The idea of an amiable, bearded grandfather upon whose knee one could settle on a Saturday afternoon, all tired out after a morning spent building model aeroplanes, or trekking in the woods hunting for fish and all manner of adventure besides, is a pretty little notion that makes one all a-glow with warmth and fuzziness. […]

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