Interview with Nicholas Eames
 

Nicholas Eames

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Bored of games… board of life?
 

Bored games?

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Small Press, Big Stories: NewCon Press
 

Small Presses: NewCon

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Browsing all articles tagged with epic fantasy.

The Black Guard by A. J. Smith

The Black Guard by A. J. Smith
3.5

The Black Guard has been described as “Martin meets Lovecraft,” and doesn’t disappoint on either count. With bleak personal stories of loss and hardship, wars between rival nations and a plot to resurrect a dead god, the novel is packed with action and intrigue. The book is not without its flaws, there are moments where […]

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Path of Flames by Phil Tucker – SPFBO Review

Path of Flames by Phil Tucker – SPFBO Review
3.5

We have entered round two of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. To avoid cruelly stretching things out, we’ll be posting individual book reviews as we eliminate them rather than waiting till we’ve finished them all. Please note that we’re not reading (or eliminating) these in any particular order. If you’re going to start a book, start […]

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Wrath by John Gwynne

Wrath by John Gwynne
5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first three books: Malice, Valour and Ruin. Please read with caution if you haven’t finished the books. “We’re going to need a bigger warband.” Since 2012, John Gwynne has been promising us that ‘even the brave will fall’ and dear god, they have. Each successive instalment in […]

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Ravenmarked by Amy Rose Davis – SPFBO Review: And Then There Were Two

Ravenmarked by Amy Rose Davis – SPFBO Review: And Then There Were Two
4

The SPFBO team have completed their search for a finalist! Today, only one book remains, as we say farewell to Amy Rose Davis and Ravenmarked. You can read our review of our first place winner for part one here. G. R. Matthews: Well, here we are. Our final two. We’ve read a lot of books […]

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A Different Kind of Hero

A Different Kind of Hero 

The heroes in our novels come in all shapes and sizes. Their nature and actions are crafted at the whim of the author. Some heroes are larger than life, giant personalities with immense powers, while others are regular people thrust into grand events. Some are born great, chosen by destiny and circumstance, others make their […]

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Marc Turner Interview

Marc Turner Interview 

Here at Fantasy-Faction we’re stupendously excited to host Marc Turner, author of the epic fantasy series The Chronicles of the Exile. It’s no secret that we have a soft spot for this series. After all, it wasn’t too long ago when the Overlord himself expounded on the awesomeness of book two, Dragon Hunters. And it […]

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Red Tide by Marc Turner

Red Tide by Marc Turner
4.5

“What was she thinking? This couldn’t be murder; this was war. Killing wasn’t murder if you stole the victim’s country while you were at it.” Marc Turner is without doubt one of the most talented fantasy authors to have debuted in recent years. His latest offering, Red Tide, is the thrilling third chapter in the […]

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Tropes and Clichés in Epic Fantasy: Is It Time To Move On?

Tropes and Clichés in Epic Fantasy: Is It Time To Move On? 

I just finished Diana Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland first published twenty years ago, but still accurately satirical in the shots it takes at the more recognisable “issues” in fantasy fiction. Tropes of plot, style and substance are all scythed down in a humorous harvesting of fantasy’s most memorable clichés, from the impeccably behaved […]

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The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
4.25

In the first book of this new series, Ryan introduces readers to a fascinating world where nations have been replaced by companies, and the most precious resource available is the blood of a drake, which can be used by Blood-burners to fuel their magic. Similar to the way that different metals provided different skills in […]

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Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – Spoiler Free Review

Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – Spoiler Free Review
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“History is written by the victors.” It was Winston Churchill that said it first, and the adage has been repeated countless times over the decades. What we take as true, as fact, as history is very often nothing more than the winner’s version of events. Separating the fact from fiction—that’s the hard part. Churchill’s theory […]

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Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
3.5

Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay’s 13th novel, interweaves several individual tales into a larger story highlighting the pain and opportunity and fragility of living between clashing empires in an alternate Renaissance Europe. Although Kay likes to say his books are histories that take a quarter-turn to the fantastic, in this case, he […]

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Hidden Treasures: The Heir to the North by Steven Poore

Hidden Treasures: The Heir to the North by Steven Poore
4

Hidden Treasures – A series that reviews small press and digital-first fantasy works. “I will not rest until I have broken the curse Malessar has set upon Caenthell. Whether it takes one year, ten, or ten hundreds of years, I swear I will revenge the High King.” There are some books you open up and settle […]

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