Petra McDonald and the Queen of the Fae by Shona Kinsella
 

Petra McDonald and the Queen of the Fae

Review

 
Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side
 

Peter Haynes

Interview – The Willow by Your Side

 
Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix – Series Review
 

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen

Abhorsen Series Review

 

Browsing all articles by Nicholas Schmiedicker.

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
4.5

In a genre that is dominated by the gritty and dark following the recent popularity of Game of Thrones, Max Gladstone delivers an impressive tale with an ultimate message of hope. Yes, there are problems in the world and they may seem unbeatable, but there is always a chance for a happy ending if someone […]

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Jay Kristoff Interview

Jay Kristoff Interview 

Hey all you Factioners! I had the amazing opportunity to talk to Jay Kristoff about the finale for his Japanese steampunk series The Lotus War. If you haven’t heard about these books yet you should do yourself a favor and pick up Stormdancer. There are plenty of mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female […]

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
4.5

Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead is fantasy of a different flavor. Instead of taking our world and adding magic (such as Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops), this is a world born of magic that has progressed to a point that mirrors our modern age. It’s a story of magical corporations and […]

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Using Questions To Expand Your Story

Using Questions To Expand Your Story 

I think it’s safe to say that we are all daydreamers. Whether you only enjoy reading fantasy or you write your own stories, we all enjoy getting lost in our imaginations. But when we’re writing our own stuff it’s often hard to craft a story to go along with our collection of good ideas. Good […]

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The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron

The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron
3.5

What does a true medieval fantasy look like? It is the most accepted and stereotypical settings for fantasy novels and yet few authors consider the subtle intricacies of the time period in regards to building their new fantasy world. The world of The Traitor Son Cycle is constructed as a full-fleshed fantasy world in the […]

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Last to Rise by Francis Knight

Last to Rise by Francis Knight
4

I was sold on the Rojan Dizon series as soon as I heard the words “noir-fantasy.” Delving into the subgenres of fantasy has been a fun and rewarding experience as I come across books that aren’t the traditional “knight saving a princess.” These books are even, in many cases, leagues better than those types of […]

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A Dance of Mirrors by David Dalglish

A Dance of Mirrors by David Dalglish
4

A Dance of Blades was much the same as A Dance of Cloaks, in fact, as I mentioned, it wasn’t different enough, in my humble opinion, to warrant an entire book on its own. I wanted something new, something more to challenge Dalglish as an author and me as a reader. Can I say he […]

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A Dance of Blades by David Dalglish

A Dance of Blades by David Dalglish
3.5

When I reviewed book one, A Dance of Cloaks, I compared it to Brent Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy, which seemed to be an obvious source of inspiration for Dalglish. As Night Angel developed it shifted from a story of smaller forces to one of an epic scale. A Dance of Blades instead functions much the […]

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A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish
4

Editor’s Note: This review contains some spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. More than anything else A Dance of Cloaks is novel that takes clear inspiration from authors such as Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks and crafts a story that, like The Warded Man or The Way of […]

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Brandon Sanderson Steelheart Interview

Brandon Sanderson Steelheart Interview 

Hello Factioners! Most of you probably know the name Brandon Sanderson, a New York Times Bestselling Author, author of over a dozen stories, as well as the man chosen to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga. I had a chance to interview Brandon right before the release of his latest novel, Steelheart. I hope […]

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
4

In a world filled only with supervillains and no superheroes it’s up to the average citizen to rise up and administer justice. That’s the basic premise of Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel, Steelheart. His penchant for interesting worldbuilding and cinematic writing has paid off yet again. Steelheart is a story about an average teenager named David. […]

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Kickstarter and Fantasy

Kickstarter and Fantasy 

Fantasy is a genre that extends across mediums with artists of every ilk contributing and expanding it in their own ways to create a wonderful shared experience for the community. Whether it’s the artist drawing, the cinematographer filming, or the novelist writing, fantasy and art are connected in a symbiotic relationship. Kickstarter, and other sources […]

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