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

8 of the Best Children's Fantasy Books

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In Defence of the Chosen One
 

In Defence of the Chosen One

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Dunk and Egg Collection Announced
 

Dunk and Egg Anthology Confirmed

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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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Winner of the November 2013 Writing Contest

Winner of the November 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 sit at a rate of about one a fortnight. Today we will be looking at the winner from our November 2013 contest. Doors are portals […]

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RealmShift by Alan Baxter

RealmShift by Alan Baxter
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I’ve been following British/Australian author Alan Baxter online for a while now. He’s one of a group of very passionate and talented writers in the land down under doing great things. So when he put the word out for reviewers for his two earliest novels—his first being self-published back in 2006, then picked up by […]

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“House of Dreams” by Michael Swanwick

“House of Dreams” by Michael Swanwick
3.5

I would often sit with my friends and argue over which were the best or worst superpowers. The worst superpowers regarded were having the ability to see three seconds into the future, but your reflexes are three seconds slower or simply being able to control condensation but nothing else. But when it came to the […]

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