The Midderlands – OSR Setting Mega Review
 

The Midderlands

RPG Setting Mega Review

 
Terry Pratchett and the Fantastical Power of Similes
 

Pratchett & the Fantastical Power of Similes

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The Stone Road by G. R. Matthews
 

The Stone Road

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Browsing all articles by Mike Shackle.

Breach Zone by Myke Cole

Breach Zone by Myke Cole
4.5

After reading Control Point, book one in the Shadow Ops series, I insisted you “bunker down as the fireballs fly with the bullets and enjoy one of 2012’s most exciting debuts” with the introduction of Oscar Britton and a world where magic not only exists, but is also utilized by the military. In book two, […]

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She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky

She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky
5

Welcome back to Low Town and the world of the Warden, a disgraced secret police enforcer turned drug dealer. It’s not a place for the faint-hearted but for anyone who likes things just a little on the dangerous side, it’s well worth the trip–as anyone who’s read Polansky’s previous two novels, The Straight Razor Cure […]

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The Raven’s Shadow by Elspeth Cooper

The Raven’s Shadow by Elspeth Cooper
4

The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that a thousand years ago, forged an Empire. This time, it may shatter one. Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying […]

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The Thousand Names by Django Wexler

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
4.5

“In the desert colony of Khandar, a dark and mysterious magic, hidden for centuries, is about to emerge from darkness. Marcus d’Ivoire, senior captain of the Vordanai Colonials, is resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost, when a rebellion leaves him in charge of a demoralized force in a broken down […]

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Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis

Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis
5

“Triptych (noun): a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.” It is telling that Ian Tregillis’ three books about superheroes created in World War 2, Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War and Necessary Evil are called the Milkweed Triptych – not the Milkweed Trilogy. This is because, unlike most […]

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Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
3

“The Age of Kings is dead. And I have killed it.” Field Marshal Tamas’s coup against his king sends corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brings bread to the starving. But it also provokes war in the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics and greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas’s supposed allies: […]

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Malice by John Gwynne

Malice by John Gwynne
3

“A black sun is rising… Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors under King Brenin’s rule, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true […]

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Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole

Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole
5

The first book in the Shadow Ops series, Control Point, was the debut of 2012 for many, myself included. It was an intense, action-packed, military-sci-fi thriller that left me eager for more. A year later, Fortress Frontier arrives with a lot of expectations to live up to. The good news for everyone is Myke Cole […]

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The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis

The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis
5

Editor’s Note: Mild spoilers for book one. Read with caution if you’ve yet to finish Bitter Seeds. I very recently read Bitter Seeds, the first part of Ian Tregillis’ tale of German super-humans and British warlocks and loved it. However, the book takes you on quite a disturbing journey, and despite how much I enjoyed […]

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Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
4.5

It’s not often a book comes along that is so refreshingly different as Ian Tregillis’ Bitter Seeds. Starting with the simple thought of, “What if Superheroes and magic existed in World War 2?”, he’s created a complex tale that is thought-provoking as it is exciting. Far more than just the classic battle between good and […]

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Low Town by Daniel Polansky

Low Town by Daniel Polansky
3.5

One thing is for certain. Low Town is not your typical fantasy book. Sure, it’s got wizards, magic and demons but this book owes more to Raymond Chandler than Tolkien. If Douglas Hulick’s Among Thieves was a first tentative step towards Fantasy Crime Noir, this book runs straight at it, kicks down the door and […]

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Judge A Book By Its Cover – An Interview with Larry Rostant

Judge A Book By Its Cover – An Interview with Larry Rostant 

I never intended to buy The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett. I was walking through a bookshop intent on picking up something else, most probably a crime novel. I hadn’t read a fantasy novel in a long time. But the cover caught my eye and stopped me in my tracks. The hooded man glared […]

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