A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
 

A Conjuring of Light

Review

 
When Characters Shed Names
 

When Characters Shed Names

Article

 
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
 

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Review

 

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Why I Don’t Like Dragons

Why I Don’t Like Dragons 

First, a confession: the title of this article is a little bit sensationalist. The truth is, I don’t actively dislike dragons. I don’t go around hating them and huffing and puffing at books with dragons on the cover, and films with dragons in the trailers. My feelings towards dragons is closer to an indifference. They […]

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Theology in the Godserfs Series

Theology in the Godserfs Series 

You may remember that a few days ago we revealed this awesome cover for the latest novel in the Godserfs series? Well, the author of Godserfs has stopped by to talk a little Theology with us as a means to open our eyes up to the kind of exploration that awaits you just beyond that aforementioned […]

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Putting Fantasy On The Map

Putting Fantasy On The Map 

A while ago, I came across a wonderful spoof map of the fantasy land of Clichéa. For those who haven’t seen it before, you can find it below (click the picture to see a larger version). It features all the places that no self-respecting fantasy world would be without, from the Northern Shire (the Village […]

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Six Scenes With Jesper

Six Scenes With Jesper 

The wonderful Leigh Bardugo has a hugely anticipated novel coming out soon: Crooked Kingdom. It’s the sequel to what many consider one of last year’s very best novels, Six of Crows. Again, Game of Thrones will meet Ocean’s Eleven as the six characters we know and love attempt to survive their success and make their […]

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Where do you get your ideas from? 

Sometimes out of the mouths, well hands, of babes and sucklings it seems… It’s a question many writers dread and I think it’s because it’s so hard to give any sort of concrete answer. Mostly. I mean, they come from anywhere and everywhere. They pop into your head unbidden (inspired by something you’ve seen or […]

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Nothing Is As It Seems

Nothing Is As It Seems 

I’ve always referred to The Relic Guild Trilogy as a single story chopped up into three books. Mostly because it’s true. It is the tale of a secret band of magickers protecting a million humans in a city hidden at the centre of a giant labyrinth; a city that barely manages to survive, trapped behind […]

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I STARTED AN AWARD-WINNING SF/F PUBLISHING HOUSE AND ALL I LEARNED WERE THESE SEVEN RANDOM THINGS

I STARTED AN AWARD-WINNING SF/F PUBLISHING HOUSE AND ALL I LEARNED WERE THESE SEVEN RANDOM THINGS 

In honour of Angry Robot’s seventh anniversary, founder and publisher Marc Gascoigne was persuaded to share some random thoughts on how the innovative imprint ticks. Unfortunately, that’s just what he did. 1) IF YOU WANT TO GET HERE, I WOULDN’T START FROM THERE Publishing has changed immeasurably since August 2008 when Angry Robot was first […]

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Where did Stranger of Tempest come from?

Where did Stranger of Tempest come from? 

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Stranger of Tempest by now… It has perhaps the most stand-out cover of the year and is being hailed as relentless, fun and unputdownable by readers lucky enough to land an ARC. We wanted to know from Tom Lloyd how the idea of the book came about, why he took […]

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Create Your Own Fantasy Author Frankenstein Monster

Create Your Own Fantasy Author Frankenstein Monster 

Last year, in the build up to Fantasy-Faction’s Grim Gathering event, it was suggested to me that I would look a lot better if I had Myke Cole’s arms. One kind soul even photoshopped them in to my picture so I could really appreciate the difference. Faced with the undeniable glory of Mr Cole’s biceps […]

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‘I actually started worldbuilding…’ by Sam Sykes

‘I actually started worldbuilding…’ by Sam Sykes 

Today we are delighted to welcome one of our favourite authors Sam Sykes (also known as Samus Sykesimus on the Roman Gladiator circuit) to Fantasy-Faction. I don’t really need to tell you too much more about the author and his works, because he’s about to do it for me… enjoy! So, I don’t know if anyone […]

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Apocalypse how? Vehicle modding inspiration for the end times

Apocalypse how? Vehicle modding inspiration for the end times 

In my new novel Graft, the Britain of 2025 has all but collapsed. Up in lawless Manchester, local mechanic Sol props up his workshop business by stealing cars and scavenging their parts, while his partner armours vehicles for use on the country’s dangerous roads. In Britain now, of course, things aren’t quite so harsh. But […]

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Writing Multi-Layered Narratives

Writing Multi-Layered Narratives 

Ideas Are Easy There’s a joke about writers: never ask them where they get their ideas from. The question might be met with a roll of the eyes, and the answers you get are often tongue-in-cheek (a PO Box in Poughkeepsie is a classic). The reason for this is pretty straightforward – it’s exactly the […]

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