A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
 

A Wizard of Mars

Review

 
The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler
 

The Hollow Crown

Review

 
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark
 

The Court of Broken Knives

ARC Review

 

Browsing all articles by Zachary A. Matzo.

The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler

The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler
4

Spoiler Warning: While what follows is a spoiler-free look at The Hollow Crown, discussion of the 5th book in a series and the start of a new trilogy necessarily “spoils” much of what came before. If you plan on reading Wheeler’s Kingfountain novels but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, suffice it to say […]

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The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
5

Author’s Note: As we prepare for the imminent release of The Witchwood Crown, we now look at The Heart of What Was Lost, Tad Williams’ “bridge” novella. This review is spoiler-free in the sense that I don’t spoil the novella. However, the premise of the novella itself necessarily spoils certain aspects of Memory, Sorrow and […]

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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: A Look Back

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: A Look Back 

As fantasy readers across the world wait with bated breath for the June release of The Witchwood Crown and Tad Williams’ return to the world of Osten Ard, Fantasy Faction is taking a look back at Memory, Sorrow and Thorn—Williams’ seminal work of epic fantasy and the foundation for his new series, The Last King […]

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Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
5

Timothy Zahn’s first foray into the New Star Wars EU sees him return to his most beloved character, the enigmatic and sorely missed Grand Admiral Thrawn. In a pseudo-origin story that both pulls back the veil on the origins of the Chiss mastermind and deepens the mystery of his service to the Empire, Zahn proves […]

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

It isn’t often that you bring home a game that is a legitimate contender for the title of Greatest Game Ever Made. Games, like books, are so personal and subjective that one player’s favorite feature could be the bane of another’s gaming existence. The reasons I abhor a game may very well be the reasons […]

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Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig
4

Spoiler Warning: This review does not spoil Empire’s End. However, events of the first two books in the trilogy are discussed and, to a certain degree, spoiled. I’ve tried to leave as much unspoilt as possible. Proceed at your own risk. And now we know how all those ships crashed on Jakku. With the third […]

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The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review

The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review
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Some of the best series I’ve read are series that have snuck up on me—ones that I’ve gone into cold, either based on a random cover, a sale or some other arcane reason. The sense of discovery that comes with unearthing a diamond in the rough adds to the reading experience in myriad ways, not […]

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Rogue One – Book and Movie Review

Rogue One – Book and Movie Review 

Note: This review covers both the film Rogue One and the prequel novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. Small “spoilers” abound but I’ll say without reservation that there is no way this review can really spoil anything. The conclusion was foregone. We already know how the story ends. What I haven’t spoiled are some of […]

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Shy Knives by Sam Sykes

Shy Knives by Sam Sykes
3.5

Paizo is killing it these days. A deal with Tor for their Pathfinder Tales series, a new sci-fi campaign setting—Starfinder—in the offing. One video game in the can and another (maybe) on the way. Podcasts. Dedicated cons. And now—Sam Sykes. Good job, Paizo. More and more people are taking notice. Sam Sykes writing a Pathfinder […]

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Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – Spoiler Free Review

Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – Spoiler Free Review
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The second volume in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy—filling in some of the timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens—Life Debt differs from its predecessor in tone, scope and style. Life Debt is a widescreen, traditional Star Wars tale set smack in the eye of the storm raging in a galaxy far, far […]

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The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey

The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey
3.5

Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series has quietly worked its way into a place of prominence on my shelf. Imagine a punk rock Harry Dresden fresh out of [expletive deleted]s to give, and you’ll begin to scratch the surface of James “Sandman Slim” Stark—Kadrey’s acerbic, violent protagonist. The Perdition Score—the eighth full novel and ninth entry […]

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Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider – Spoiler Free Review

Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider – Spoiler Free Review
3.5

Tie-in fiction isn’t known for its broad appeal. By its very nature, tie-in novels are appealing to fans of a very specific thing, be it a show, movie, game or something else. Bloodbound, the debut novel by Pathfinder RPG co-creator Wes Schneider, is the exception to that rule. It checks a lot of boxes. There’s […]

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