Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
 

Ruin and Rising

Review

 
Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan
 

Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas

Review

 
The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
 

The Crippled God

Review

 

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
3.5

The YA trilogy that started with Shadow and Bone concludes with Ruin and Rising – with quite a few unhappy readers. Apparently, the uproar is over a relationship that didn’t pan out. You can’t please everyone, obviously, but the process did keep you guessing until the very end. After all, isn’t that what contributes to […]

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Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan

Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan
4

For those awaiting The Autumn Republic, the third and final book in Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy, February 2015 feels as though it’s a long way away. Fortunately, McClellan has supplemented his trilogy with three short stories (“Hope’s End”, “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” and “The Face in the Window”) and two novellas (Forsworn and […]

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The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
5

The carriages have chugged up to the top of the roller coaster, and the anticipation has built for that first downward plunge into g-force turns, and yet, because you’ve been let down once or twice before, you ask yourself, “Will this be ‘meh’?” Well, will it? Hella no! In The Crippled God, book ten of […]

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
4.5

Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead is fantasy of a different flavor. Instead of taking our world and adding magic (such as Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops), this is a world born of magic that has progressed to a point that mirrors our modern age. It’s a story of magical corporations and […]

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Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
4.5

I love a good creepy story. I don’t run across them nearly as often as I’d like since all too often “creepy” gets mistaken for gross-outs and the unexpected bucket of entrails slopped over somebody. Furthermore, with the case of monster-type horror, one’s initial apprehensions are usually curbed a little by finding someone who knows […]

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Resistance by Samit Basu

Resistance by Samit Basu
4.5

This review contains spoilers for Turbulence. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. Resistance is the sequel to the brilliant superhero novel Turbulence, in which the passengers on a flight from London to Delhi develop superpowers. Resistance is set eleven years in the future after a ‘second wave’ of powers […]

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Thieves’ Quarry by D. B. Jackson

Thieves’ Quarry by D. B. Jackson
4.5

Ethan Kaille is a thieftaker in pre-Revolutionary Boston, working outside the law to apprehend thieves and recover stolen property. For the most part he deals with small-time theft, things that will get him a few pounds as a reward and keep him away from the notice of Sephira Pryce, Boston’s other thieftaker, a woman whose […]

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Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie
5

Introduction Fantasy is a genre often slated for being stale by those with reading interests outside of it. Popular authors are pointed at and told they just repeat the same kind of book over and over. However, as the majority of you will know, when genre authors do break away from the formula that has […]

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The Vorrh by Brian Catling

The Vorrh by  Brian Catling
4

“My name is Muybridge and here’s the answer to the letter you sent my wife.” The trigger pulls, the muzzle flashes, the bullet cracks, and Major Harry Larkyns is dead – shot at point-blank range in an act of pre-meditated vigilantism. This event is not fiction. It happened in California on October 17th, 1874. The […]

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Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies

Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies 

Readers of Fantasy-Faction are likely to be familiar with Scott Lynch and his Gentlemen Bastards books. Lynch has a style that is a pleasure to read, and has given us some very memorable characters. But Lynch has also accomplished a highly engaging bit of worldbuilding, and created a place in which “Fafhrd and the Grey […]

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The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers
4.5

Tim Powers may be familiar to many as the author of the novel On Stranger Tides (on which a Pirates of the Caribbean movie was based), but to me he’s the writer of The Anubis Gates, a book I first stumbled across in my local library way back in 1987, and again a year or […]

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The Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb (Spoiler Free Review)

The Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb (Spoiler Free Review)
4.5

Spoilers follow for Hobb’s first and second trilogies. No spoilers for the The Tawny Man trilogy. The Tawny Man, Hobb’s second trilogy relating the story of Fitzchivalry and third overall, is perhaps the most often under-looked of all her works. The Farseer Trilogy was an astonishing set of books, introducing fantasy’s favourite bastard, Fitzchivalry, (not […]

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