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Loss of Identity

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
 

Sorcerer to the Crown

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
5

One of my most anticipated books of this year comes out on September 10th – you may have seen people like Naomi Novik, Lavie Tidhar and Ann Leckie lauding Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. Or you may have seen the finished hardback, which is beautifully covered in enough gold foil to make a dragon […]

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
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Time flies: It’s thirty years since Clive Barker’s first novel, The Damnation Game, was published. A tale of Faustian proportions, it – along with his short story collections The Books of Blood – changed the face of horror fiction at the time. Barker’s writing was full of vital energy and visceral imagery that was a […]

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Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective

Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective 

There are lots of games out there for fans of fantasy, both video and table-top. Dungeons & Dragons is probably the most well-known table top fantasy game, but Wizards of the Coast also publishes Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game that also belongs in the fantasy genre. But I noticed that there isn’t a […]

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Fantasy Influences: Ancient Greek Mythology – Part One

Fantasy Influences: Ancient Greek Mythology – Part One 

When we think of typical fantasy, we tend to imagine a setting influenced by western medieval ideas, complete with knights, horses, longswords and dragons. However, there are much deeper, older roots to the magic, monsters, tropes and archetypes that dominate the fantasy genre. Classical, Celtic, and Norse mythology, among others, have all had a huge […]

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When The Dust Settles

When The Dust Settles 

While attending this year’s Nine Worlds convention I went to a session titled “How To Win The 21st Century,” which talked about games as a dominant cultural medium. This and many other talks at the convention highlighted the growing power and popularity of entertainment forms that had previously been regulated to “things geeks did.” Now […]

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Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road by Derek Landy
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Derek Landy’s new novel is just as exciting, just as break-neck and just as addictive as his wildly successful Skulduggery Pleasant series. I tore through those books because I loved the characters and in Demon Road, we have a brand new set, some of whom will seem reassuringly familiar to Skulduggery fans. Amber is sixteen, […]

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The Romance of Fantasy

The Romance of Fantasy 

Romance isn’t a word that we usually think of as being inseparable from fantasy; some people enjoy love stories with their fantasy and others vehemently object to them. But romance is not simply about love as it is represented in the modern romance genre. Look up romance in the dictionary and you will find a […]

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Elements of Fantasy: Zombies

Elements of Fantasy: Zombies 

The living dead. Zombies made their first documented appearance in 1929 when William Seabrook recorded his participation with Haitian voodoo ceremonies in The Magic Island. Seabrook had been interested in witchcraft for many years prior to traveling to Haiti where he was inspired to write about the undead. He advocated cannibalism and fully described the […]

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The Vagrant by Peter Newman

The Vagrant by Peter Newman
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Peter Newman’s debut novel, The Vagrant, tells of a man who “friendless and alone…walks a desolate, war-torn landscape”. After recently enjoying the latest Mad Max movie, I was immediately struck with the feeling that this would be a fantasy equivalent, swapping engines for horses and guns for swords. The Vagrant’s cover depicts the man himself, […]

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Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith
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Karina Sumner-Smith’s debut novel is an edgy tale of friendship and the dark economies of magic. She twists traditional fantasy elements in utterly unique ways and creates an overall enjoyable read. Xhea lives on the rough streets of the Lower City, below the floating towers of the City where those with innate magic trade and […]

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The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene

The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene
5

The Hunter’s Kind is a clever and multi-layered book, which builds magnificently on Smiler’s Fair, the first in The Hollow Gods series. Levene made a name for herself as a new generation fantasy writer, pulling up old tropes like weeds and planting the fresh, bright and compelling ideas that this genre needs to flourish. If […]

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
3.5

My first novel by this author did not readily impress me at the beginning. A child-operated book-smuggling outfit run by a greedy, cold-hearted family—not all that unique of a plot device. Then, we find out it’s because physical books are a rarity, not found in the open, because The Great Library of Alexandria doles out […]

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