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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Military fantasy
« on: August 12, 2019, 01:45:08 PM »
Depends how 'military' you mean:

The copper cat trilogy by Jen Williams follows a trio of mercenaries
The poppy war by RF Kuang, sequel The dragon republic is just out
If you like short stories, there's the Art of War charity anthology
The godless world trilogy by Brian Ruckley
Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown

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General Discussion / Re: Dungeons and Dragons
« on: June 26, 2019, 03:22:09 PM »
I have only just begun playing but I absolutely LOVE IT!
We're a group of 4 absolute newbies and an experienced DM, so he's helping us through all the tricky stuff and remembering to add our proficiencies and stuff.
It's great for coming up with characters and trying out ideas. I really like it because I get to indulge my over the top side, which I always have to rein in when writing - I prefer to go for as much reality in my writing as possible, so it's great to go all out on the madness with my DND character.
We have another session this Saturday night and I'm already bouncing with excitement.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: SF/F set in the Middle East
« on: May 31, 2019, 07:47:06 AM »
The Crying Machine, by Greg Chivers
Song of the Shattered Sands series by Bradley Beaulieu - based on Arabian Nights

Someone in the thread said Indian-inspired - Empire of Sand, by Tasha Suri

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Of books I've read recently, The Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams has a queer female protagonist and a m/m couple.
Kameron Hurley's work usually features f/f couples.

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The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton - the wild and the woods play a huge part.

And from the classic archives - Hothouse by Brian Aldiss, which is downright weird and also wonderful.

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I decided to do my comments in this thread, make it about the trilogy :)

I finished Darksoul last night, and it was a really good book :D

Next time someone wants grimdark, or says that Mark Lawrence is very grimdark, please correct them, say "Noooo!" and point to Anna's books.
It's strange, because it really grew on me! At first I kept thinking it was just one bad thing after another, far too grimdark really, but after a lovely chapter and a really shocking one soon after, things kinda clicked and everything made sense.

I found it very different from Godblind. Yes, it's still got amazing characters, if anything even better, developed deeper., and yes, the battles are still superbly written (Anna, are you sure you never fought?), but by setting the scene in basically one place, one location, it feels everything is running along very smoothly. The story continues on relentlessly, aiming very rapidly to the end game, which is something you normally don't get in a multiple POV book.
And because of this, being so involved in the story, I almost resented Rillirin's few chapters which removed me from the action for a while. I understand the need, as it feels that book 3 will focus much more on her and link it to the action of this one.

So here's what I say: if you loved Godblind, read Darksoul (you probably already have, hehe, I was a bit late to the game). And if you liked book 1 with some reservations, please give book 2 a try, I promise you won't be disappointed :)

Thank you so much, Bea! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. x

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She actually does do sword, dagger, associated medievally weapon practice :) Maybe not trebuchets though...maybe...for now...

I've never been able to figure out how to attach pictures to these posts, so let me just say I do have a treb. A scaled-down version, it's true, but it's good for scaring off the neighbour's cat when it tries to poop in my flower beds. 
I also currently have four bruises on my left arm from sword-fighting. I'm nowhere near as good at it as my characters.

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I'm 70 pages into 'Darksoul' and talk about grimdark... I think there was one or two page of a slightly positive slant... (yes, I knew what I was getting into, hehe)
@AnnaStephens I hate you :'( :'( (I'm on page 164 of the paperback, but I bet you knew what I meant anyway)
Hate  :'( you :'(

Edit:
Spoiler for Hiden:
ok, you kinda redeemed yourself later. A bit. I'm still waiting to see what happens... :P

Oh, hi Bea!! *maniacal laughter*

I'd apologise but, you know, it had to be done... but if that rocked your world, you are NOT READY for the last book...  :'( :'( :'(

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« on: January 24, 2019, 02:26:09 PM »
Priest of Bones by Peter McLean, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan, The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston all fit the bill.

Enjoy!

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General Discussion / Re: Sword Fighting
« on: December 29, 2018, 04:55:51 PM »
I've been practising HEMA for about 6 months with an emphasis on the Italian longsword style of Fiore dei Liberi. We also do abrazare (unarmed combat) and rondel (dagger) work.
While the latter two are useful to an extent in real world situations, we are taught in line with the 15th century teachings and therefore the emphasis is on "this is how professional soldiers fought in those times, not how you would fight today". That said, if you write anything set in a medievalesque setting or are interested in that period of history, it's absolutely brilliant.
If you want to learn to defend yourself with a weapon for real world situations, pick something else. If you want to know what it's like to fight like a knight, do HEMA.

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Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Bristol Con
« on: October 17, 2018, 01:01:30 PM »
I shall be there! Bristolcon is a great event and I hope lots of people come along.

Re the paying to pitch to agents - yeah, no, don't do that. BUT, on the subject of agents, DHH Literary Agency are doing a pitch event in York - all the details are here http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com/news/pitch-dhh-york

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Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: FantasyCon 2018
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:58:28 PM »
Oh yes, do come! It'll be all sorts of fun.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Godblind by Anna Stephens
« on: September 13, 2018, 09:42:44 AM »
Danke!!

It's a gorgeous cover too.

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That's more than fine with me, Bea! I'm thrilled to hear that a library somewhere has pre-ordered it - that's genuinely amazing!

Thank you!

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Why hello! Sorry for the long absence - busy busy!

More details, you say? Well, below is the blurb that is now appearing on Amazon for your delectation and delight. Get those tissues ready, ladies and gents.


The thrilling sequel to GODBLIND, the biggest fantasy debut of 2017.

The Wolves lie dead beside Rilpor’s soldiers, slaughtered at the hands of the Mireces and their fanatical army.

The veil that once kept the Red Gods at bay has been left in tatters as the Dark Lady’s plans for the world come to fruition. Where the gods walk, blood is spilled on the earth.

All that stands between the Mireces army and complete control of the Kingdom of Rilpor are the walls of its capital, Rilporin, and those besieged inside.

But hope might yet bloom in the unlikeliest of places: in the heart of a former slave, in the mind of a soldier with the eyes of a fox, and in the hands of a general destined to be king.

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