The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley
 

The Heart of Stone

Review

 
Interview with Nicholas Eames
 

Nicholas Eames

Interview

 
Bored of games… board of life?
 

Bored games?

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Bored of games… board of life?

Bored of games… board of life? 

All right, I’m sorry for the title pun. Let me just say that now, but it seemed too good an opportunity to waste. This past year I’ve got hooked into Board Games and they deserve the capitals! We’re not, or at least I’m not, talking about Cluedo or Monopoly, Ludo or Snakes and Ladders. I am […]

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When Characters Shed Names

When Characters Shed Names 

We real-world folks can get very attached to our names. Most of us only change them when we get married or divorced, convert to a new religion, or arrive in a new country. Even then, such changes often only alter part of our name, such as the family name, or the way it is pronounced. […]

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Scrivener for iOS

Scrivener for iOS 

Picture this. You’re sitting on your own in the doctor’s surgery and they are running 30 minutes late. Or there’s been some signalling failure and your train home is at a standstill. Or you’re meeting a friend at a restaurant or bar and they text to say they are running a little late. With time […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares

Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares 

Everybody knows about nightmares, so I felt that in this case an introduction wasn’t necessary. Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. A nightmare or nightmares must be a central part of the story 3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long. 4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long. 5. You will be disqualified […]

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Cover Reveal for ‘The Seven’ by Peter Newman

Cover Reveal for ‘The Seven’ by Peter Newman 

If you’ve read our reviews for The Vagrant and The Malice, you know how highly we rate the novels of Peter Newman. It’s very rare that you pick up a Fantasy book and find yourself unable to compare it to another, but the narrative style, those abstract prose, will leave you struggling to point to authors who even […]

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Is Winter In Fantasy Always Evil?

Is Winter In Fantasy Always Evil? 

Winter is often seen as the dark and unwelcome season, and understandably so—if you live far enough from the equator it can mean longer nights, cold temperatures, icy conditions, grey gardens and leafless trees. It can be particularly harsh if you don’t have a warm home to retreat to. But the season is not without […]

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GODBLIND by Anna Stephens Cover Reveal

GODBLIND by Anna Stephens Cover Reveal 

Many of you will have heard whispers of Godblind by now. Although I’ve not read a word of this novel by Anna Stephens (hurry up review copy!), I’ve picked up on the excitement from the author’s publishers and those who have been lucky to gain access to sample chapters. If you like your bloodthirsty political fantasy […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Fanfic

Monthly Short Story Winner: Fanfic 

This is the third year we’ve done Fanfic February (wow, time is fleeting…). The first year you could write whatever you wanted, last year I limited the books you could choose from. And this year I want you to write a fight scene between two characters (or groups of main characters) from different authors. FitzChivalry […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall

Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall 

Most of you are familiar with the term “breaking the fourth wall”. It’s mostly done in children’s books (like Grover in Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of this Book), comics (see above) or movies (comedy movies mainly) and means usually a character becoming aware of their fictional nature, directly addressing the reader and/or […]

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The Core US & UK Cover Reveal

The Core US & UK Cover Reveal 

So, I can’t tell you how much of an honour it is to host the cover reveal for not only the UK version of The Core by Peter V. Brett, but also the American version! The Painted Man (The Warded Man to you in the US) was the first book I reviewed for Fantasy-Faction and […]

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Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down?

Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down? 

What do Ranting Dragon, A Dribble Of Ink, Staffer’s Book Review, SF Signal and Fantasy Review Barn have in common? They were all fantastic SFF blogs that have shut down over the course of the past few years… and I understand why. When you start a blog, you dream of the day you get a reader,  then […]

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Society in Story

Society in Story 

There are a number of elements fantasy writers focus on during worldbuilding, traditionally they pour over decisions like mapping locations, designing a magic system and setting empires/species against one another – big, obvious things that shape the story. Yet this can mean they overlook an important aspect that helps to bring all the different elements […]

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