Keeping Characters Realistic In A Fantasy Setting
 

Keeping Characters Realistic In Fantasy

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David Gemmell Legend Awards Shortlist & Lunchtime Thoughts
 

Gemmell Awards

Shortlist & Lunchtime Thoughts

 
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
 

Stolen Songbird

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
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If you want a fantasy where two teens in an arranged marriage struggle to love each other, then read Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. First Cecile is kidnapped. Then she’s taken underground into a labyrinth that’s slick with the slime of slug beasts that sweat antimagic. Next she’s thrown into a city of human-hating […]

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Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson
4.5

This review contains some spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. Midnight Tides, book five of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, provides robust proof of Steven Erikson’s skills as an author, and kicks the whole series into overdrive. Now at book 5/10, we have made it to the middle […]

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
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I try not to get my hopes up too high when I check out new author/book recommendations from friends or even other book reviewers I respect. What touches one person does not always apply for another. Plus, my reading list seems to grow at a rate that would require me to give up work and […]

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Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One

Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One 

I do not write for children, but entirely for myself. Yet I do write for some children, and have done so from the beginning. This wonderful, contradictory statement comes from Alan Garner, who merits a place – at least in my mind – at the high table of children’s fantasy literature. Garner continues: Only recently […]

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In Defence of the Chosen One

In Defence of the Chosen One 

One of fantasy’s most commonly mocked tropes is the chosen one. This makes sense; it’s also one of fantasy’s most recurring tropes, and there are a lot of very good reasons why it can feel like a clichéd or even lazy feature. However, I don’t think the chosen one narrative is always negative; in fact, […]

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Survey of Fantasy Subgenres – Part One: High and Low Fantasy

Survey of Fantasy Subgenres – Part One: High and Low Fantasy 

A big hello to Fantasy-Faction readers! I’m happy to be a new member of the Fantasy-Faction staff and would say thanks for the great opportunity. As my first series of articles, I’d like to present and discuss subgenres of fantasy. The definitions and boundaries are subject to opinion. I’ll present what seems correct to me, […]

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Fantasy Book Club – April 2014: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Fantasy Book Club – April 2014: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts 

This month we are reading Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts as our selection for an Asian inspired SFF. Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spymasters plot […]

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The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
3.5

BioWare has created a number of my favorite video game franchises. Alongside the critically acclaimed Knights of the Old Republic, their blood soaked fantasy world of Dragon Age and alien covered sci-fi universe of Mass Effect have entranced, enthralled, and enriched countless fans who’ve pour hours into their story driven campaigns. Imagine my surprise as […]

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Winner of the January 2014 Writing Contest

Winner of the January 2014 Writing Contest 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of about one a fortnight. Today we will be looking at the winner from our January 2014 contest. “Et tu, Brute?” […]

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
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This review contains some spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. After thoroughly enjoying The Northern Lights I was eager to get onto The Subtle Knife and I was instantly intrigued by Pullman’s approach at opening with an entirely new set of characters. As well as new characters Pullman throws […]

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Winner of the December 2013 Writing Contest

Winner of the December 2013 Writing Contest 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of about one a fortnight. Today we will be looking at the winner from our December 2013 contest. Your challenge this […]

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The Curious Case of Game of Thrones

The Curious Case of Game of Thrones 

Show of hands: how many people believed, back in 1997, that George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire would become a full-blown cultural phenomenon? Anybody? I didn’t think so. And yet, here we are. In one week, the fourth season of Game of Thrones will premier on HBO. These ten hours of television […]

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