Gemini Cell by Myke Cole
 

Gemini Cell

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Symbols: A Vital Worldbuilding Tool
 

Symbols: A Vital Worldbuilding Tool

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Waylander by David Gemmell
 

Waylander

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The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
5

Although I’m in danger of echoing some of Joanne Hall’s excellent commentary published here earlier this month, I feel that The Iron Ghost absolutely deserves the attention of two reviews. I’d like to start by highlighting Joanne’s point about middle book syndrome and the way in which The Iron Ghost so deftly escapes it. This is […]

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Elements of Fantasy: Elves

Elements of Fantasy: Elves 

Ever glimpsed a spark of light moving around fertile trees? You experienced the sight for picking up on elf activity. Elves are angelic tree-spirits that reside side by side with angels in heaven. Although they originated in Germany, their sprits migrated across Europe, into Scandinavia and through Great Britain. Iceland has the largest population of […]

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Enduring War: The Continuing Allure of Warhammer

Enduring War: The Continuing Allure of Warhammer 

Warhammer – you’ll probably know it for its long list of computer games, its plethora of licensed novels, or the venerable tabletop battle game itself. Almost certainly you’ll have seen some of the finely-detailed miniatures the company is renowned for. You may even have stepped into one of the iconic Games Workshop stores that cater […]

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The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
4.5

Jen Williams’ debut novel, The Copper Promise was one of my personal highlights of 2014. It came out last January, which seems a long time ago now, and The Iron Ghost is the not-long-awaited but eagerly anticipated follow-up, the middle book in the trilogy. Middle books in a series can be difficult; they have to […]

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Gunslinger by Stephen King
4

The Gunslinger is the first novel of a seven book-long series (eight if you include the spin-off) of what is now considered to be a staple of the epic fantasy canon. However, after having read it, you would not necessarily think this to be the case. The novel does not set up the world as […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 

 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s filmic reimagining of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales of Middle-Earth to a close in epic fashion, and with the emotional weight of thirteen years of visual storytelling that will likely never be rivaled again. Many scoffed when Jackson, not known for his restraint, announced that […]

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Western Fantasy – Mismatch, or Perfect Match?

Western Fantasy – Mismatch, or Perfect Match? 

In January of this year, I began to write a new book, Bloodrush. I was stepping away from my dark, epic, medieval roots and seeking something new in what I believe to be a relatively unexplored sub-genre – Western Fantasy, also called Weird West. I’m not the first to do venture into such a realm, […]

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Books Make Great Gifts, But For Authors Book Reviews Are Even Better

Books Make Great Gifts, But For Authors Book Reviews Are Even Better 

This is the time of year where most people feel generous. Many believe that the holidays have been spoiled by consumerism, and to a certain degree that is true. However, my experiences throughout the years have shown me that this is the time when people want to express their gratitude, show their appreciation for someone, […]

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Holidays In Fantasy Fiction

Holidays In Fantasy Fiction 

With the arrival of the Christmas season I’ve been thinking about the effects of holidays on our lives. The influence of Christmas is incredibly far reaching; I doubt most people can make it through the day without seeing some sign of the festivities or feeling its impact. Holidays are an important part of our lives; […]

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Shadowmarch by Tad Williams

Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
3.75

This review’s been a long time coming. It’s almost a year to the day since a friend loaned me his copy of Shadowmarch and suggested I read it and, in a year where I’ve been averaging a book a week, it’s taken me almost a month to complete. It’s as if I’ve been avoiding the […]

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Winner of the July 2014 Writing Contest: Apprenticeship

Winner of the July 2014 Writing Contest: Apprenticeship 

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 one a week. Today we will be looking at the winner from our July 2014 contest. In July we were […]

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Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction

Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction 

The line drawn between so-called literary fiction and genre fiction has always irked me. As I embarked upon a re-read of the first two volumes of Lev Grossman’s frustrating Magicians trilogy, this issue resurfaced. Grossman’s books have, for reasons that boggle my mind, sparked a debate about just what constitutes literature. As the final book […]

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