Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Two: How Religion Shapes Culture
 

Worldbuilding A Religion

Part Two: How Religion Shapes Culture

 
Event Review: George R.R. Martin & Robin Hobb in conversation
 

George & Robin in London

Event Review & Recap

 
The Liveship Traders Series by Robin Hobb (no spoilers)
 

The Liveship Traders Series

Spoiler Free Review

 

Browsing all articles tagged with fantasy.

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox
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There are many things to love about The Relic Guild. First and foremost, it neatly delivers the reader into a unique world – rare in the saturated fantasy genre – that’s peopled with a great cast of characters and a conflict spanning decades. This conflict has shades of the Biblical: the Satan-like Spiral – a […]

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Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins
3.5

Truth and Fear, book two of Peter Higgins’s Wolfhound Century Trilogy is not one you can just jump into. It is vast, rich, complex, and without the context of events in the first book, you will inevitably find yourself lost. With that in mind, let me introduce you to a little of book two. It […]

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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
5

Half a King isn’t the book that proves Joe Abercrombie’s skill. Those credentials were long established with the First Law trilogy, which turned our expectations on their heads and introduced a new way to explore fantasy storytelling. What Half a King does is remind us that it’s not the violence or occasional profanity that has […]

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Elements of Fantasy – Frogs

Elements of Fantasy – Frogs 

For a dame seeking a handsome, wealthy husband who has an affluent family, all she needed to do was kiss a lot of frogs. Simple and foolproof. The Brothers Grimm received most of the credit for igniting the folklore about a frog who helped a girl find her ball in a well. He pressured the […]

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review
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“We are nothing but dwarfs, standing on the shoulders of giants”, Bernard of Chartres allegedly said, and I’d be hard pressed to find a bigger truth. Whether in fantasy literature, telecommunications or psychology, we are always taking what others have done and twisting or merging it to make something bigger, faster, better or just more […]

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Black Feathers & The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey

Black Feathers & The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey
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Our world is collapsing, the planet choked with pollution and strangled by economic hardship. A government agency with dubious intent, known as the Ward, is collecting political dissenters and rebels, for the greater good. And a boy named Gordon Black is born amidst the chaos, his life somehow tied to a strange figure known as […]

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Fantasy Rings: The Ultimate Power Accessory

Fantasy Rings: The Ultimate Power Accessory 

We all know THE Ring. The One Ring to Rule them all. (And if you don’t, then shame on you.) The Ring is so well-known in popular culture that it was the solution to one of Isaac Asimov’s Black Widowers mysteries. And just yesterday I saw a meme online that I couldn’t help but ‘Like’ […]

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You’ve Got Your Romance in My Fantasy! – You’ve Got Your Fantasy in My Romance!

You’ve Got Your Romance in My Fantasy! – You’ve Got Your Fantasy in My Romance! 

Continuing my series exploring subgenres of fantasy, in this post I’ll compare and contrast—the best I can since this one confuses me—romantic fantasy and fantasy romance. Regardless of how we use those terms, romance works well with fantasy. Novels must have conflict to engage a reader. Love is filled to the brim with conflict. Maybe […]

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Fantasy Book Club – August 2014: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Fantasy Book Club – August 2014: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan 

For August, our members voted to read Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. There are a number of great reviews for this one, including one here on Fantasy-Faction where it earned a 9 star rating. I really enjoyed it as well and am quite looking forward to the discussion on it! The Age of Kings […]

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The State of Fantasy: Videogame News from the Scrying-Glass of E3

The State of Fantasy: Videogame News from the Scrying-Glass of E3 

Fantasy has always been a salient feature in the videogame landscape, right down to the essential footprint of guiding an idealised persona through an imagined world. The hallmarks of fantasy – high fantasy especially – have become a reliable foundation for a great many titles over the years, and there are no signs of it […]

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Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
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Am I painting with a wide brush when I say that, for most of us, children’s books are something we read as, well, children? Or to children, maybe? Rarely, if ever, have I picked up a copy of Green Eggs and Ham or The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog or the like and simply read […]

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Rjurik Davidson Interviews Ben Peek

Rjurik Davidson Interviews Ben Peek 

Rjurik Davidson is the author of the novel, Unwrapped Sky, recently released by Tor in the US and UK. A novel that SciFiNow noted “can go toe-to-toe with China Miéville’s best,” and was noted as an “ambitious debut,” by Pop Mythology, it is set in the ancient city of Caeli-Amur. The novel follows three characters […]

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