Golden Age by James Maxwell
 

Golden Age

Review

 
Knocking People Out: Easier In Fiction Than In Real Life
 

Knocking People Out In Fiction

Article

 
Blurring The Lines
 

Blurring The Lines

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Golden Age by James Maxwell

Golden Age by James Maxwell
5

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them meets 300. No, not, really. James Maxwell’s Golden Age shares only two things in common with JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: you can find them (the books) at the top of Amazon’s Bestseller Lists and both tell us where to find fantastic beasts. (Confession: […]

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Knocking People Out: Easier In Fiction Than In Real Life

Knocking People Out: Easier In Fiction Than In Real Life 

It’s a common scenario in many kinds of fiction, including fantasy: a character passes out, either because they’ve been knocked on the head or injured or drugged, and the world “goes black” or they “fall into darkness”. The unfortunate character usually wakes up several hours or days later in a new place, disoriented and sometimes […]

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Age of Assassins by RJ Barker

Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
4.5

Coming-of-age books are quite common these days, so are the books containing assassins as protagonists in fantasy, so how does a book combing these two themes actually fare? RJ Barker proved that it can work out rather brilliantly. It just needs what every great novels need: strong and interesting characters, unique magic system and worldbuilding, […]

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Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck
5

With Jagannath, I return to two genres I have visited in earlier reviews: short stories and Scandinavian fiction. One of my very first reviews for this site was a collection of speculative fiction set during the Age of Discovery, dealing with subjects as varied as the invention of a new sort of clock to Darwin’s […]

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Nightblade by Ryan Kirk

Nightblade by Ryan Kirk
4

As a fan of epic fantasy with diverse casts, I always saw Ryan Kirk’s Nightblade atop the Asian Myths and Legends charts on Amazon, reminding me I needed to finish it. Though it had been sitting on my Kindle for years, and I had tried several times to make it through the first chapter, it […]

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R. F. Kuang Interview – The Poppy War

R. F. Kuang Interview – The Poppy War 

Rebecca F. Kuang (writing as R. F. Kuang) immigrated to the US from Guangzhou, China in 2000. When she isn’t writing books she is a student of Chinese history focusing on military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. Her debut novel, The Poppy War, based on the Second Sino-Japanese War, released in the US yesterday […]

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Blackmark by Jean Lowe Carlson

Blackmark by Jean Lowe Carlson
4.5

If you’ve followed my reviews on Fantasy-Faction, you know how I nearly gave up on some of my now-favorite books and series like Alec Hutson’s Crimson Queen and Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate. Add Jean Lowe Carlson’s Blackmark, book one of The Kingsmen Chronicles as yet another story I almost threw down after […]

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John Gwynne Interview – A Time of Dread

John Gwynne Interview – A Time of Dread 

John Gwynne not only has one of the best author photos ever, he is also responsible for the critically acclaimed series, The Faithful and the Fallen. This year he has started a new series, Of Blood and Bone. The first book, A Time of Dread, was released in January of this year, and the second book, […]

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The Way into Chaos by Harry Connolly – SPFBO Review

The Way into Chaos by Harry Connolly – SPFBO Review
3.5

The city of Peradain is the heart of an empire built with steel, spears, and a monopoly on magic. Until, in a single day, it falls, overthrown by a swarm of supernatural creatures of incredible power and ferocity. Neither soldier nor spellcaster can stand against them. The empire’s armies are crushed, its people scattered, its […]

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The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore

The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore
3

One of the quieter entries into the Best of 2017 list here on Fantasy-Faction, The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore, is a unique venture into a complex fantasy world. It combines some traditional fantasy tropes (magical artifacts, all-powerful wizards, and sea monsters) with some less common elements that make it a really interesting mix. And, […]

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Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
5

When I started reading Kings of the Wyld it was already quite hyped and I am someone who is rather uncomfortable dealing with stuff which accumulated hype overnight. Thus, I approached the book being extremely skeptical and had a nagging feeling in my gut that it was going to be overrated. Boy was I dead […]

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Small Press, Big Stories: Shadow Alley Press

Small Press, Big Stories: Shadow Alley Press 

Today on #smallpressbigstories, Michael Gruneir gives us a look at James A. Hunter’s publishing company: Shadow Alley Press. I am a huge fan of James Hunter’s work. He was also my very first interview at Fantasy-Faction. I talked to him recently about his publishing company Shadow Alley Press, its beginnings, its projects, and its mission statement. […]

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