Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
 

Grey Sister

Review

 
Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: The First Five to Fall
 

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5

The First Five to Fall

 
Lian Hearn Interview – Orphan Warriors
 

Lian Hearn

Interview – Orphan Warriors

 

Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett 

Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the authors whose writing, I eagerly look forward to whenever something new is announced. I was a bit skeptical about this title though, as this is a dystopic science fiction novella, which is not a genre I associate Bennett with. But he once again proved admirably why he is […]

Continue reading...

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan 

Originally written in Chinese and published in 2013, this edition of Waste Tide is translated by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books. It is also Chen Qiufan’s debut book. Set in a dystopian China of the future (post 2020s), Waste Tide is an excellent example of environmental science fiction and is inspired by the […]

Continue reading...

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker 

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. Then the dragons disappeared. But the battle for supremacy on the high seas persisted. When the first dragon in centuries is spotted in far-off waters, both sides see a chance to shift the balance of […]

Continue reading...

A Ritual of Bone by Lee C. Conley

A Ritual of Bone by Lee C. Conley 

The land of Arnar is menaced by a vicious plague, a tribe of savage cannibals and a growing tide of the living dead summoned by a dark ritual. Warriors, hunters, nobles and ordinary folk will all have to become heroes if their home is to be saved from the cursed hordes. That’s A Ritual of […]

Continue reading...

The Red Plains by G. R. Matthews

The Red Plains by G. R. Matthews 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for The Red Plains. “Listen, Jiin-Wei, Taiji, I do not ask you what you can do or tell you what you cannot. Do not presume you know the same about me. I have lived more years than you can imagine and seen more of the world than you […]

Continue reading...

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

Mark Lawrence is an author whose name gets lost within his stories. This is because his stories are so poignant and so ubiquitous that one could easily forget the name of the author. If you are able to remember the titles of his books, then it is justified that you remember his name. The Book […]

Continue reading...

Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other

Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other 

Monsters—or, in the very least, the monstrous—show up fairly frequently in most speculative fiction. Whether under the guise of dragons and creatures from the deep (ocean or space) or by way of vampires and the fickle, often cruel fae, monsters and the absolute other of evil is a mainstay of much of our fiction. Casting the net […]

Continue reading...

Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State

Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State 

Fantasy is sometimes referred to as “escapism” and it comes in many forms—whether that be reading a novel, getting immersed in a movie, or even playing a video game. That escapist state also comes while a writer is penning new stories—crafting new worlds, interesting magic, fun creatures, and adventurous plotlines. This is especially true when […]

Continue reading...

As I Learn: How Your Story-Beast Moves

As I Learn: How Your Story-Beast Moves 

In the wild, lions live and hunt in prides. An adult male can weigh as much as 200 kg (mostly muscle), and an adult female can reach top speeds of 80 km/h—fitting since they do a lot of the hunting in the pride. These are creatures built for power and speed. Yet, these “Kings and […]

Continue reading...

Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan

Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan 

Alek Fitz is a collection agent. Not the most pleasant or glamorous of professions. Especially when your clients are corporations controlled by supernatural creatures who aren’t interested in repossessing cars or houses. Fairies and devils have desires that go beyond money. Though neither cruel nor heartless, Alek has little sympathy for his targets. The way […]

Continue reading...

Worldbuilding Through Characterization

Worldbuilding Through Characterization 

When somebody mentions worldbuilding the first thing you’ll think of is probably a lavishly detailed map, something filled with interesting geography, the locations of important cities, and maybe a dragon in the far corner. Or perhaps what springs to mind is a family tree of noble houses that lists their connections and feuds. Maybe you’ll […]

Continue reading...

One Way by S. J. Morden

One Way by S. J. Morden 

Frank Kittridge is a middle-aged convict, doing time for killing his son’s drug supplier. His wife has divorced him and moved away with their son; he hasn’t heard from either of them since he went inside. He’ll never see them again and will die in prison serving his 120-year sentence. He’s not a typical murderer; […]

Continue reading...