The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
 

The Winner’s Curse

Review

 
Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One
 

8 of the Best Children's Fantasy Books

Part One

 
In Defence of the Chosen One
 

In Defence of the Chosen One

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Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One

Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One 

I do not write for children, but entirely for myself. Yet I do write for some children, and have done so from the beginning. This wonderful, contradictory statement comes from Alan Garner, who merits a place – at least in my mind – at the high table of children’s fantasy literature. Garner continues: Only recently […]

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In Defence of the Chosen One

In Defence of the Chosen One 

One of fantasy’s most commonly mocked tropes is the chosen one. This makes sense; it’s also one of fantasy’s most recurring tropes, and there are a lot of very good reasons why it can feel like a clichéd or even lazy feature. However, I don’t think the chosen one narrative is always negative; in fact, […]

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Dunk and Egg Collection Announced

Dunk and Egg Collection Announced 

Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hadn’t seen, read or at very least heard of A Game of Thrones… However, the stories of ‘Dunk & Egg’ – The Hedge Knight (1998), The Sworn Sword (2003) and The Mystery Knight (2010) – are far less well-known – mainly because they’ve been buried in genre […]

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“Silver Linings” by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

“Silver Linings” by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris 

Last month the newest edition to Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris’ Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series was released. The latest installment, Dawn’s Early Light, features Braun and Books on their next assignment, which brings them to the United States to investigate a series of nautical and aerial disasters. If you’ve not gotten a chance to […]

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The Shadow’s Curse Cover Reveal

The Shadow’s Curse Cover Reveal 

I’m hoping that many of you have had the opportunity to read and enjoy one of 2013′s very dest debuts,  The OathBreaker’s Shadow by Canadian fantasy author Amy McCulloch. If you didn’t, the story is set in a world where you tie a knot to secure any promises that you make. Should you break these promises you […]

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Survey of Fantasy Subgenres – Part One: High and Low Fantasy

Survey of Fantasy Subgenres – Part One: High and Low Fantasy 

A big hello to Fantasy-Faction readers! I’m happy to be a new member of the Fantasy-Faction staff and would say thanks for the great opportunity. As my first series of articles, I’d like to present and discuss subgenres of fantasy. The definitions and boundaries are subject to opinion. I’ll present what seems correct to me, […]

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Michael J. Sullivan on why he is jumping from Fantasy to Sci-Fi

Michael J. Sullivan on why he is jumping from Fantasy to Sci-Fi 

Some of the most fun I’ve had reading novels over the last few years have come as a result of Michael J. Sullivan. His novels aren’t huge, epic, Game of Thrones type novels – but rather a throwback to when fantasy didn’t take itself so seriously and the primary aim of the book was simply […]

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What it Means to be a Female Hero

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What it Means to be a Female Hero 

It’s been nearly eleven years since the end of the cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer but after all this time it remains a significant contributor to fantasy history. The show is lauded as ground-breaking, not necessarily for its overly original speculative fiction elements but ultimately because the development of character, combined with a […]

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Have we made Dragons and Demons too cute and cuddly?

Have we made Dragons and Demons too cute and cuddly? 

To celebrate the release of Stephen Deas’s The Dragon Queen coming to paperback, we have for you today a very cool article on  the emasculation of dragons in contemporary fantasy writing and why – in Stephen’s opinion – this is a bad thing, taking away from the ‘formidable or dangerous’ beasts that have featured in stories over […]

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Fantasy Book Club – April 2014: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Fantasy Book Club – April 2014: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts 

This month we are reading Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts as our selection for an Asian inspired SFF. Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spymasters plot […]

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Winner of the January 2014 Writing Contest

Winner of the January 2014 Writing Contest 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of about one a fortnight. Today we will be looking at the winner from our January 2014 contest. “Et tu, Brute?” […]

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The Curious Case of Game of Thrones

The Curious Case of Game of Thrones 

Show of hands: how many people believed, back in 1997, that George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire would become a full-blown cultural phenomenon? Anybody? I didn’t think so. And yet, here we are. In one week, the fourth season of Game of Thrones will premier on HBO. These ten hours of television […]

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