The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler
 

The Hollow Crown

Review

 
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark
 

The Court of Broken Knives

ARC Review

 
SPFBO3: The First Five Fall…
 

The First Five Fall...

SPFBO: Round One

 

Jeff Noon Interview – A Man of Shadows

Jeff Noon Interview – A Man of Shadows 

Jeff Noon is the Arthur C. Clarke Award Winning author of novels including Vurt (1993) and its sequels, Pollen (1995) Automated Alice (1996) and the prequel Nymphomation (1997), many of which are set in a vividly realised alternate Manchester in which people can access a dream realm known as the Vurt through sucking on feathers. […]

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The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman 

If these ladies and gentlemen represent the future of fantasy we are in for a wild and terrific ride. All the stories have been published since 2010 so whilst they might not be technically new, their writers are blossoming, following new and different paths to their humble beginnings. Being excellent examples of their kind you […]

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Worlds Within Worlds – Part Two: Magic Warfare

Worlds Within Worlds – Part Two: Magic Warfare 

Fallout taught fans that war…war never changes. Military historians, however, argue otherwise. Case in point: the stirrup. Before firearms dominated the battlefield, it’s generally agreed that the stirrup was the most important innovation in warfare for a couple centuries. Fans of the Rohirrim will recognize why: cavalry is fast and maneuverable, and the stirrup allows […]

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Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys 

“It’s one thing to say that humanity is ultimately unimportant in the face of the cosmos. It’s another to stand before someone who believes, deep down, that your pain is trivial.” “We’re all monsters, or related to monsters, one way or another.” H. P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1936) is one of the writer’s […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Pirates

Monthly Short Story Winner: Pirates 

Ahoy, me beauties!!! Be prepared and polish up your pirate lin’o! Pirates have a tradition on this here site, so get your hooks polished and start spinnin’ some yarn! Only bilge rats and land lubbers don’t take part! Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. PIRATES! 3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long. […]

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Cover Reveal for PATERNUS by Dyrk Ashton

Cover Reveal for PATERNUS by Dyrk Ashton 

Hello everyone! Some of you may be familiar with my novel, Paternus, from last year’s SPFBO competition hosted by Mark Lawrence (Archsaint of self-published authors). Paternus was Fantasy-Faction’s pick for the final round and ended up taking third place out of three hundred entries. Even with that success, I’ve decided to give the book a new cover. […]

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Small Press, Big Stories: Fox Spirit Books

Small Press, Big Stories: Fox Spirit Books 

Small Press, Big Stories is a monthly column focusing on small and independent presses from around the world. This month’s featured publisher is Fox Spirit Books. This month on #smallpressbigstories we’re talking with Auntie Fox, aka Adele Wearing, who heads up one of the best known independent presses in the genre today – the award-winning […]

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City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first two books in The Divine Cities trilogy. Read with caution if you have yet to finish City of Stairs and City of Blades. City of Miracles completes Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Divine Cities trilogy (which also includes City of Stairs and City of Blades). On the […]

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Writing A Successful Query Letter

Writing A Successful Query Letter 

If you’ve heard about query letters, no doubt you’ve heard how annoying, infuriatingly difficult, and soul-sucking they are to write. And every word of that is true. Writing my query was a brutal process, but if you want to get an agent; there’s no getting around it. It’s commonly assumed a query is a novel’s […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first two books in the Bone Season series: The Bone Season and The Mime Order. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the first two books. Good afternoon lovely people! And, for those of you who are reading this in a different time zone, […]

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Tough Travels: Adepts

Tough Travels: Adepts 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to The […]

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Wizards at War by Diane Duane

Wizards at War by Diane Duane 

At long last, I can finally say something I’ve wanted to say since reading Wizard’s Holiday but couldn’t, for fear of spoilers: How about that cliffhanger? I haven’t seen a cliffhanger in one of Diane Duane’s books before – and given that I’ve made it through nearly a dozen, I do think I can say […]

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