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Black Man (a.k.a. Thirteen) by Richard Morgan

Black Man (a.k.a. Thirteen) by Richard Morgan
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Carl Marsalis is a Variant Thirteen, a genetically-engineered throwback to a strain of human that died out thousands of years ago. He is a tough, aggressive loner, instinctively cunning and brutal, predisposed not to follow rules. Thirteens are used as elite soldiers by the government and forcibly retired to Mars, where they can be kept […]

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
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Spinning Silver is Naomi Novik’s second book that retells and elevates classic folklore and fairy tale elements, spinning and weaving them into something deeper, richer, and original. Spinning Silver isn’t a sequel to 2015’s Uprooted, but it could take place in a neighboring kingdom. It begins as a riff on the Rumpelstiltskin tale but ends […]

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Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
5

People acquire books in all kinds of ways. Book boxes mail out a semi-random selection. Friends and relatives gift books we may or may not really enjoy. In this case, I was handed a copy of Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore himself during Book Con in New York City. I wasn’t initially stoked. The cover […]

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His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
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Napoleonic Wars? Check. Age of Sail naval culture? Check. Hints of Asian civilizations? Check. Dragons? Check. The only thing that could make me want to read His Majesty’s Dragon more would be an Ominous Dark Lord bent on world domination. Oh, wait, there is some short megalomaniac mentioned often in Naomi Novik’s alternate world novel. […]

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
4.5

Katherine Arden’s debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, was as charming and magical a debut novel as you could hope to find in 2016. Drawing comparisons to Neil Gaiman, Naomi Novik, and Robin Hobb, Arden’s debut became a bestseller, but more importantly, it marked the introduction of an incredible new voice, one that repackaged […]

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Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
4.5

Robin Hobb’s genius isn’t flashy. The world she has created is fully articulated, complete with complex characters and histories, detailed magical systems, and fully realized political intricacies, yet she rarely is mentioned alongside Brandon Sanderson and others recognized as fantasy’s greatest world-builders. Her prose isn’t particularly flashy in the same way as writers such as […]

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for book one. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish Sleeping Giant. Waking Gods is the sequel to Sleeping Giants, which established a world where a gigantic robot named Themis had been found, put together and stocked with two special pilots under the guidance of the […]

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Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
5

Timothy Zahn’s first foray into the New Star Wars EU sees him return to his most beloved character, the enigmatic and sorely missed Grand Admiral Thrawn. In a pseudo-origin story that both pulls back the veil on the origins of the Chiss mastermind and deepens the mystery of his service to the Empire, Zahn proves […]

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The Core by Peter V. Brett – US & UK Cover Reveal

The Core by Peter V. Brett – US & UK Cover Reveal 

So, I can’t tell you how much of an honour it is to host the cover reveal for not only the UK version of The Core by Peter V. Brett, but also the American version! The Painted Man (The Warded Man to you in the US) was the first book I reviewed for Fantasy-Faction and […]

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
4.5

As a fantasy reader who makes his living in marketing and communications, I am perhaps more jaded than most when it comes to books that are compared to some of the greatest in the genre prior to their release date. How many times have we seen books touted as “the next Lord of the Rings,” […]

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