A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
 

A Conjuring of Light

Review

 
When Characters Shed Names
 

When Characters Shed Names

Article

 
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
 

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Review

 

Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down?

Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down? 

What do Ranting Dragon, A Dribble Of Ink, Staffer’s Book Review, SF Signal and Fantasy Review Barn have in common? They were all fantastic SFF blogs that have shut down over the course of the past few years… and I understand why. When you start a blog, you dream of the day you get a reader,  then […]

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Society in Story

Society in Story 

There are a number of elements fantasy writers focus on during worldbuilding, traditionally they pour over decisions like mapping locations, designing a magic system and setting empires/species against one another – big, obvious things that shape the story. Yet this can mean they overlook an important aspect that helps to bring all the different elements […]

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The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review

The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review 

Some of the best series I’ve read are series that have snuck up on me—ones that I’ve gone into cold, either based on a random cover, a sale or some other arcane reason. The sense of discovery that comes with unearthing a diamond in the rough adds to the reading experience in myriad ways, not […]

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson 

Tor’s novella series was started in 2015, with the aim of promoting this shorter medium. The line includes both established authors and those just making their debut, and has included a number of authors from diverse backgrounds. The resulting line is full of interesting and different stories from authors both familiar and new. This column […]

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Quotes: Making or Breaking

Quotes: Making or Breaking 

My 46th article for Fantasy-Faction. I have now written more of these than I have years of life and not many to 50. And always the eternal question; what to write about? Easy. On Saturday night I was moved to tears. I cried. Not a snotty, snuffling, huffing, heaving cry, but a tear or three […]

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Heart Blade by Juliana Spink Mills

Heart Blade by Juliana Spink Mills 

Urban fantasy is absolutely my bag. I write it. I read it. I openly pine to live in a world where I can punch a troll in the face on my way home from work. Or to work. Honestly, I’m not picky about when my troll punching gets done. The idea that something big and […]

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Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith – Series Review

Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith – Series Review 

You could be forgiven for assuming A.F.E. Smith’s debut is a tame, fluffy tale about a magical unicorn. I assumed the same. But trust me when I say that there’s *nothing* tame or fluffy about Darkhaven. Firstly, let’s get one thing straight: that’s not actually a unicorn. It’s an alicorn; a hybrid of the ‘pure’ […]

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A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane

A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane 

Can any self-respecting fantasy author write a series about magic in our world without mentioning Ireland? The answer, of course, is yes, but facts are beside the point. The point is Ireland has a place in the popular imagination (particularly the popular imagination of the sorts of people prone to reading fantasy and thinking about […]

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. Tor’s novella series was started in 2015, with the aim of promoting this shorter medium. The line includes both established authors and those just making their debut, and has included a number of authors from diverse backgrounds. The […]

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Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day

Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day 

There are few genres in all of entertainment that are more sculpted by the times they are written in than science fiction. From its earliest beginnings, sci-fi has been about asking questions. What will humans eventually evolve into? At what point will humanity’s drive to invent give birth to a new lifeform? Which accent is […]

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Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Everfair by Nisi Shawl 

“The settlers of Everfair had come here naively at best, arrogantly at worst. Due to the orders of the king they had found the country seemingly empty. In the fight against Leopold, their assistance had been most valuable, and they had also brought to the cause the help of Europeans and Americans who would never […]

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Metronome by Oliver Langmead

Metronome by Oliver Langmead 

Metronome is an engaging high concept fantasy, incredibly readable and beautifully written. Its unusual hero is William Manderlay, an old sailor who lives in a care home, crippled by arthritis and his memories of happier times. An erstwhile musician, he can no longer play the violin, but one night, while asleep, he discovers that his […]

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