Why Are The Worlds of Fantasy Romances So Grim?
 

Why Are Fantasy Romances So Grim?

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Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #2: The Next Five
 

SPFBO: The Next Five

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off

 
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
 

Too Like the Lightning

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Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #2: The Next Five

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #2: The Next Five 

It has been a little while since our last update, but the pace should pick up a little now. As of 24th July, every book we were given has had its first three to five chapters read by two, some by four, of our team. We have, at the very moment I am typing this, […]

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Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
3.5

“Some books have to be sad to get across the ideas the author wants to talk about. Victor Hugo is describing a very sad part of real history. Hugo wants you to understand that moment in time, what was beautiful about it, and what was horrible. Books, even made-up stories, can’t all have happy endings […]

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Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards

Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards
4.5

We all know that there’s a fine line between patronising your reader and confounding her. Well-meaning experts – scattering words of advice as though they were tuppence a bag – stress how important it is to “always assume that your reader is smarter than you”. But like most things this is easier said than done, […]

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Serial Reader: Reading Books One Bite at a Time

Serial Reader: Reading Books One Bite at a Time 

Serial Reader is a new app that delivers daily chunks of books that can be read in 20 minutes or less to your phone. After a few weeks, I’ve become hooked. It’s perfect for my commute on the subway, while waiting in line for coffee, or while eating my lunch. Books that might seem intimidating […]

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Stranger Of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Stranger Of Tempest by Tom Lloyd
4.25

If you could judge a book by its cover then Tom Lloyd’s Stranger of Tempest would be one of the finest books of the year, unquestionably. However, we all know that doing this – judging a book by its cover – is a sin. So, instead, you need to read the thousands upon thousands of […]

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The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
4.25

In the first book of this new series, Ryan introduces readers to a fascinating world where nations have been replaced by companies, and the most precious resource available is the blood of a drake, which can be used by Blood-burners to fuel their magic. Similar to the way that different metals provided different skills in […]

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The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
4.75

A roller coaster of emotions in the conclusion to the Winner’s trilogy, The Winner’s Kiss is one of the few books I’ve read this year that made it difficult to part with in exchange for sleep. Reading late into the night, only to stay awake thinking about it, and then counting the hours the next […]

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MJ-12: Inception by Michael J. Martinez

MJ-12: Inception by Michael J. Martinez
4.5

Michael J. Martinez first hit our shelves with the incredible Daedalus series, which dazzled critics and fans alike with 18th Century battleships in space and multi-dimensional plotlines. It was a trilogy (and spin-off novella) that mashed a range of genres into a fresh fantasy adventure that we really hadn’t seen before and I couldn’t help […]

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
4.5

I should confess that I am not a great aficionado of contemporary vampire stories. I’ve watched a few fragmentary episodes of Buffy, but I’ve have never read Twilight, nor watched any of the movies. However, I am aware of a sub-genre that Stephanie Meyer seems to have almost single handedly spawned of young adult vampire […]

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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
4

Tor’s novella series was started in 2015, with the aim of promoting this shorter medium. The line includes both established authors and those just making their debut, and has included a number of authors from diverse backgrounds. The resulting line is full of interesting and different stories from authors both familiar and new. This column […]

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Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards

Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards
4.5

You’ll be pleased to know that I’m not here to bore you with generalised, hyperbolic gushing about how much I’m loving the world of Jeff Salyards’ Bloodsounder’s Arc (I waffled on enough in my review of book one, Scourge of the Betrayer). No, what I’m actually here to do is bore you with specific, hyperbolic […]

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False Hearts by Laura Lam

False Hearts by Laura Lam
4.5

How would you react if the most important person in your life was being accused of a murder you know they couldn’t possibly have committed? How far would you go beyond your comfort zone to prove them innocent? Would you risk your future, even your life, to save theirs? Taema and Tila were born as conjoined […]

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