Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down?
 

The end of Fantasy-Faction?

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Society in Story
 

Society in Story

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The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review
 

Kingfountain Trilogy

Spoiler Free Series Review

 

Romance in Fantasy – Part One

Romance in Fantasy – Part One 

I’ve said it before: I write romantic fantasy. I never start out a story intending to write romance, but somehow, romantic threads always show up. I used to fight this phenomenon, but I’ve grown to realize that I just like romantic storylines. Not romances, mind—I don’t read much romance that’s just romance for romance’s sake. […]

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The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman

The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman 

The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman is the sequel to Silver on the Road. Isobel, along with her mentor Gabriel, rides the Territory as the Devil’s Left Hand, serving as his eyes and ears, helping those who live by the Devil’s rules and punishing those who would violate those rules. Like the first book, […]

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Most Anticipated Fantasy Novels of 2017: Publishers’ Choice

Most Anticipated Fantasy Novels of 2017: Publishers’ Choice 

We like to think we know a lot about Fantasy here at Fantasy-Faction. However, our knowledge and foresight lacks in comparison to the hugely experienced, highly intelligent Editors who sit behind the desks of the Fantasy Departments of big Publishing Houses. For that reason, each and every year we hand Fantasy-Faction over to them for a day, […]

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Is Violence In Fantasy Less Confronting?

Is Violence In Fantasy Less Confronting? 

The fantasy genre is no stranger to violence. High fantasies are known for their epic battles, sword fights, warrior heroes, merciless villains and clashing forces of good and evil. Many low fantasies are populated by supernatural beings hungry for blood or conquest. While not all stories involve a multitude of violent scenes, it’s a rare […]

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They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick

They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick 

You may recognise this book. You should recognise this book. At least, you should if you’ve been following the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off and/or are part of Fantasy-Faction’s social media circles. I myself have been desperately enamoured with Benedict Patrick’s debut novel since I first laid eyes on its cover last year. Jenny Zemanek did such […]

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Fantasy-Faction’s Best Fantasy Books of 2016

Fantasy-Faction’s Best Fantasy Books of 2016 

2016 was a great year for fans of Fantasy fiction, my friends! The burden of choice weighed heavily on us and we’ll be catching up on 2016 titles for years to come. It says a lot about the authors writing today, the joyous direction that readers have pushed the genre in and the people working behind […]

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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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Top Ten Books To Improve Your Writing

Top Ten Books To Improve Your Writing 

A likely first stop on the journey of any aspiring writer is the purchase of a writing book to teach them about the subject. Often they’re drawn to titles like “Write a Bestseller in Six Months,” or “Making Money from Kindle Publishing.” First and foremost though, the goal should be to master your craft, from […]

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Promoting Your Personality, A.K.A. Marketing For Authors In 2017

Promoting Your Personality, A.K.A. Marketing For Authors In 2017 

I stumbled across a Facebook status by an author friend who posted that he was about to start work on the ‘0.01% of being a writer’ that was building his personal brand (the other 99.99%, to his mind, being writing). Now, I hate to disagree with good friends. However, based on my experience, I’d say […]

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The Dreaded Adverb Problem

The Dreaded Adverb Problem 

The poor adverb. No part of speech is more maligned than this little modifier. When authors want to insult each other, what do we do? We accuse each other of using too many adverbs. It’s the writer equivalent of “your mama.” But to say that all adverb use is lazy or a sign of bad […]

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Exploring Rural Landscape

Exploring Rural Landscape 

The quest is a hallmark of great fantasy fiction and some of the best quests see our heroes traverse a variety of locations before reaching their goal. When done well, the environment can become a character in its own right. But all too often in writing fantasy, the environment can be bland, the landscape uniform. […]

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Plotting – What Happens Next?

Plotting – What Happens Next? 

“What happens next” is a question that has the power to freeze a writer’s hand over the keyboard, paralysing them with potential issues. Which route should your characters take? How would they respond to story events? Does it make sense? Does it slow the pace? Does it feel right? Creating a coherent and successful plot […]

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