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Browsing all articles tagged with epic fantasy.

The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
5

Author’s Note: As we prepare for the imminent release of The Witchwood Crown, we now look at The Heart of What Was Lost, Tad Williams’ “bridge” novella. This review is spoiler-free in the sense that I don’t spoil the novella. However, the premise of the novella itself necessarily spoils certain aspects of Memory, Sorrow and […]

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Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell
4.5

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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The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan

The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan
3.75

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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The Emerald Blade by Steven Kelliher

The Emerald Blade by Steven Kelliher
4

Eight months ago, I wrote a (fairly critical) review of Valley of Embers, the first book in Steven Kelliher’s Landkist cycle. Kelliher’s debut, I felt, had a solid and interesting premise which was somewhat let down by its execution. However, I also felt that: ‘. . . the more successful indie authors are those who […]

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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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