Monthly Short Story Winner: 1750
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“Youthful Optimism”

 
The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki – Volumes 1-7 Series Review
 

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Vol 1-7)

Manga Series Review

 
Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
 

Spellslinger

Review

 

Top 10 Things To Do in a Fictional Castle

Top 10 Things To Do in a Fictional Castle 

For those of us who like a touch of the magical and the medieval, nothing quite beats a visit to a fictional castle. But with all those trap doors, winding passageways, and changeable stairs, it’s hard to know where to start and how to make the most of your time. Yes, you may already have […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Story Generator

Monthly Short Story Winner: Story Generator 

This month’s theme has many fathers and mothers. Lady_Ty who posted the Shakespeare Adaptation Generator in the Ideas Topic on the Fantasy-Faction forum, Raptori who modified it (we kept some of their choices!), ClintACK who provided the online dice roller we used, and last but not least ScarletBea and yours truly who put it together. […]

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Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell 

Sebastien de Castell’s four-book Greatcoats series feels like a direct rebuttal to the term “grimdark,” and I mean that in the best way possible. That’s not to say that I dislike grimdark novels (I don’t), or to say that terrible things don’t happen in de Castell’s novels (they do). But at the end of the […]

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SPFBO3: Cover Contest!

SPFBO3: Cover Contest! 

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (#SPFBO) 3 is set to begin on July 1! Read all about it on Mark Lawrence’s blog, or check out our rundown of how Fantasy-Faction will be handling Round One! Last year’s cover contest was a huge success. Each of the ten bloggers nominated the top three covers from their batch […]

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The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy (2017) 

Say, did you guys know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe made a lot of money? Like, a lot? Enough to make other production companies turn their heads, lick their lips and start planning ridiculous ideas for their own cash dispensers Cinematic Universes? The only issue is that… well… most of the ideas being flung around are kind […]

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The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan

The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for The Waking Fire, the first book in Anthony Ryan’s Draconis Memoria series. There is a scene in the second chapter of Anthony Ryan’s second novel in the Draconis Memoria, The Legion of Flame, in which Lizanne Lethridge, spy for the Ironship Trading Syndicate, is called before the board […]

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Anna Stephens Interview

Anna Stephens Interview 

Today we are talking with Anna Stephens, a UK-based writer of epic-y, gritty, grimdark-y fantasy. Her debut novel, Godblind, was released by Harper Voyager on June 15, 2017, with the sequels penciled in for 2018 and 2019. Hello Anna, thanks for joining me here today. I always start my interviews differently, sometimes with easy questions, […]

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Cover Reveal for Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Cover Reveal for Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng 

Fantasy-Faction is excited to host the cover reveal for Jeannette Ng’s Under the Pendulum Sun! Due out in October 2017 from our friends at Angry Robot, Under the Pendulum Sun is a creepy, dark gothic fantasy in which missionaries visit fairyland to spread the word of the Lord. What they don’t bank on however, is […]

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A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden 

A Gathering of Ravens was my introduction to Scott Oden’s work, and after completing the mytho-historical story, I am now scouring his backlist for another appealing tale. The story is imposing and dark, deftly woven by Oden to mix legend and history, telling of the last Orc and his quest for revenge. If you like […]

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The Blood-Tainted Winter by T. L. Greylock

The Blood-Tainted Winter by T. L. Greylock 

“Dark are the hearts of men, and easily tempted.” Raef Skallagrim is not a happy bunny. All he wants to do is go on a sea trip with his mates. He’s been looking forward to all it entails for ages: drinking, raiding, pillaging, ‘boys will be boys’ fun and games. Making memories, y’know? But Raef […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Potions and Elixirs

Monthly Short Story Winner: Potions and Elixirs 

Outside of RPGs and adventure games, potions hadn’t been very popular until a certain professor humiliated a little wizard student lesson after lesson in his potion class. This month our entrants were to show us there is more to potions than Severus Snape, Felix Felices and Polyjuice Potion. Rules: 1. This must be prose or […]

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Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists

Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists 

In 2016 Grimdark Magazine successfully ran a Kickstarter to pull together Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists. It’s full of authors Fantasy Faction readers will love and the public release paperback is dropping on the 16th of June. The full list of authors is impressive, featuring R. Scott Bakker, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Michael R. […]

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