Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
 

Ruin and Rising

Review

 
Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan
 

Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas

Review

 
The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
 

The Crippled God

Review

 

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
3.5

The YA trilogy that started with Shadow and Bone concludes with Ruin and Rising – with quite a few unhappy readers. Apparently, the uproar is over a relationship that didn’t pan out. You can’t please everyone, obviously, but the process did keep you guessing until the very end. After all, isn’t that what contributes to […]

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Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan

Powder Mage Short Stories and Novellas by Brian McClellan
4

For those awaiting The Autumn Republic, the third and final book in Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy, February 2015 feels as though it’s a long way away. Fortunately, McClellan has supplemented his trilogy with three short stories (“Hope’s End”, “The Girl of Hrusch Avenue” and “The Face in the Window”) and two novellas (Forsworn and […]

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
4.5

Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead is fantasy of a different flavor. Instead of taking our world and adding magic (such as Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops), this is a world born of magic that has progressed to a point that mirrors our modern age. It’s a story of magical corporations and […]

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Fantasy and Science Fiction in Anime and Manga – Part One: Historical and Epic Fantasy

Fantasy and Science Fiction in Anime and Manga – Part One: Historical and Epic Fantasy 

Books, movies, video games are all widely known platforms for science fiction and fantasy. Anime and manga, on the converse, are a less known medium for the genre. Japanese mangaka—manga artists—use elements and themes taken from fantasy and science fiction regularly in their work; it is harder to find a series that does not have […]

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The Vorrh by Brian Catling

The Vorrh by  Brian Catling
4

“My name is Muybridge and here’s the answer to the letter you sent my wife.” The trigger pulls, the muzzle flashes, the bullet cracks, and Major Harry Larkyns is dead – shot at point-blank range in an act of pre-meditated vigilantism. This event is not fiction. It happened in California on October 17th, 1874. The […]

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Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies

Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies 

Readers of Fantasy-Faction are likely to be familiar with Scott Lynch and his Gentlemen Bastards books. Lynch has a style that is a pleasure to read, and has given us some very memorable characters. But Lynch has also accomplished a highly engaging bit of worldbuilding, and created a place in which “Fafhrd and the Grey […]

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The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
4

The Mirror Empire is not an easy read. It’s not a fluffy piece of forgettable fiction you casually pick up in the airport before a long flight. It’s a challenging book—not only challenging to fantasy readers, but also a challenge to the genre. Nevertheless, it is a fun, bold, and exciting read. Ultimately, I think […]

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The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman
5

This is a review of the book and the performance which took place on 6th July 2014 in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. When I was a little girl I loved dark stories – like fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers or ghost stories for example. Either read in the darkness of my bedroom with […]

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The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox
4

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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