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Disabilities in SFF (Redux)

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Introducing ‘Cruising the Cosmere’!
 

Introducing 'Cruising the Cosmere'!

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Science-Fiction Matters, Too

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Metronome by Oliver Langmead

Metronome by Oliver Langmead
5

Metronome is an engaging high concept fantasy, incredibly readable and beautifully written. Its unusual hero is William Manderlay, an old sailor who lives in a care home, crippled by arthritis and his memories of happier times. An erstwhile musician, he can no longer play the violin, but one night, while asleep, he discovers that his […]

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James
4.5

Gilded Cage began life as a Wattpad success and it’s easy to see why. Sitting halfway between the YA and adult markets, James’ story has a wide appeal and deals with popular themes. While the dystopian ‘us and them’ set-up is familiar, the world of Gilded Cage is far more comprehensively realised than many of […]

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
5

When I asked Twitter whether I should buy the first Witcher game, I got a unanimous YES. One gentleman informed me that the games were based on a series of novels by Polish author Sapkowski, which I’m sure most Fantasy-Faction readers already know. I didn’t and was therefore mighty curious. Standing in Waterstones, I had […]

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Podcast Celebrating Women in Genre

Breaking the Glass Slipper: Podcast Celebrating Women in Genre 

This month, I’d like to officially introduce Fantasy-Faction readers to Breaking the Glass Slipper. The brainchild of Megan Leigh over at Pop Verse, it’s a bi-monthly podcast focusing on women in genre. Charlotte Bond and I join Megan as co-hosts. Our aim is straightforward: we want to get people talking about women, be they authors, […]

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The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

The Silver Tide by Jen Williams
5

By now, I’m sure everyone knows how much I love Jen’s books. Last year I was raving about The Iron Ghost, which was one of my favourite titles of 2015, and I’m happy to say that The Silver Tide is firmly lodged in my favourites of 2016. Not only is it a great book, it’s […]

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Down Station by Simon Morden

Down Station by Simon Morden
5

I made the mistake of reading the first few chapters of Down Station on the Tube…which in Morden’s world is consumed by a terrible fire, along with the rest of London. Apart from regular, nervous checks on how many stops I had until Paddington, I was absolutely glued to the opening pages. The author paints […]

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
4.25

This review contains spoilers for Red Queen. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. I’m new to this series and tore through the first book, Red Queen, in one sitting. The idea isn’t an original one – we’re talking an ‘us and them’ scenario with the eugenics elements borrowed from […]

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Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan

Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan
4.5

I reviewed the first book in the Millenium’s Rule trilogy – Thief’s Magic – back in 2014 here on Fantasy-Faction and I’m sorry to say I was rather harsh. Angel of Storms, however, was superb and everything I’ve come to expect from such an accomplished author. A note from Canavan included in the hardback edition […]

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The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
5

I loved Cogman’s first novel, which introduced us to the Library, a vast repository of books collected from multiple alternate worlds. Irene is one of its agents, posted to a version of Victorian London, awash with chaotic fae, werewolves and vampires. The opening of The Masked City picks up where we left off, with Irene […]

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The Traitor by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor by Seth Dickinson
4.25

The Traitor is a great example of modern political fantasy – as such, it’s entirely new to me. I’ve not read A Song of Ice and Fire so cannot view Dickinson’s book in comparative terms, as other readers seem to be doing. Instead I came to it as someone who prefers to read the kind […]

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Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road by Derek Landy
4

Derek Landy’s new novel is just as exciting, just as break-neck and just as addictive as his wildly successful Skulduggery Pleasant series. I tore through those books because I loved the characters and in Demon Road, we have a brand new set, some of whom will seem reassuringly familiar to Skulduggery fans. Amber is sixteen, […]

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The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene

The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene
5

The Hunter’s Kind is a clever and multi-layered book, which builds magnificently on Smiler’s Fair, the first in The Hollow Gods series. Levene made a name for herself as a new generation fantasy writer, pulling up old tropes like weeds and planting the fresh, bright and compelling ideas that this genre needs to flourish. If […]

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