City of Lies by Sam Hawke
 

City of Lies

ARC Review

 
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
 

Consider Phlebas

Review

 
Charles Phipps – Interview
 

C. T. Phipps

Interview

 

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City of Lies by Sam Hawke

City of Lies by Sam Hawke
4.5

City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo, Jovan and Kamini, whose uncle is the poison taster or ‘proofer’ for the ruling chancellor. When they are both killed by […]

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Charles Phipps – Interview

Charles Phipps – Interview 

If you are wont to spend time in the Fantasy-Faction Facebook Group there is no doubt you have met or at least seen Charles Phipps. But for those of you who don’t, let me introduce you. C. T. Phipps is a prolific author of SFF. From fantasy to sci-fi to horror, he has done, and […]

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Duel of Fire by Jordan Rivet

Duel of Fire by Jordan Rivet
4.5

Jordan Rivet’s book one of the Steel and Fire series, Duel of Fire, has a familiar premise: a girl living in an idyllic mountain kingdom, who can’t live up to her parent’s expectations, seeks validation elsewhere, only to find herself knee deep investigating a mysterious, convoluted plot to take power. No, it’s not Frozen (or […]

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Small Press, Big Stories: Detox In Letters by Cheryl Low – Cover Reveal and Excerpt!

Small Press, Big Stories: Detox In Letters by Cheryl Low – Cover Reveal and Excerpt! 

When I spoke to Sarena at World Weaver Press last year we talked about Cheryl Low’s Vanity in Dust, which I reckoned was pitched like Moorcock’s End of Time characters in a more urban fantasy setting. That sounded more than fascinating enough to get added to the TBR mountain, and now it’s time to reveal […]

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Orconomics: A Satire by J. Zachary Pike

Orconomics: A Satire by J. Zachary Pike
5

Dungeons & Dragons meets The Big Short. As I have confessed in previous reviews, I am shallow in my book buying habits. All it takes for me to snap up an ebook is a shiny cover and discount price (and all it takes for me not to give up on a book is having spent […]

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Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker

Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker
4.5

Gilgamesh meets Oceans 11 meets The Walking Dead. As much as I raved about Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate, you would think I would’ve jumped at his Empire of the Dead, book one of the Godsblood Trilogy. You would be wrong. Partially. I actually one-click bought the book when it first came out, […]

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Candy by Lavie Tidhar

Candy by Lavie Tidhar
4

“A long buffet table on the other side was laden with sweet pastries, chocolate and cream, in flagrant violation of Prohibition. They must have been brought in from out of town. I was shocked to see them there, but only for a moment. I’d already known not all grown-ups played by the rules – even […]

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Great Fantasy Films From Yesteryear

Great Fantasy Films From Yesteryear 

Before I begin, as I wrote this title I thought, “How did the 1970s become yesteryear?” I have to keep reminding myself that there are adults out there—many of them friends—who were born two decades after my childhood years. So yes, Amanda, your own lifetime includes yesteryears and bygone eras. But let’s get to it. […]

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Albion Online – First Impressions

Albion Online – First Impressions 

I started playing MMOs back when Ultima Online (UO) was only one world, when a red name struck fear into my heart and my armour consisted of a death shroud, my weapon a Katana, and a couple of black pearls in my pack. Oh, and an escape recall rune – sometimes running was the best […]

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Monthly Short Stories Winner: Rebirth/Renewal

Monthly Short Stories Winner: Rebirth/Renewal 

This is a broad theme and it doesn’t have to deal with spring, people, or the New Year. After all, what can’t be renewed? What doesn’t have the right to rebirth themselves time and again? Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. The overarching theme must be renewal or rebirth of something or […]

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An Introductory Guide to Reading Fantasy

An Introductory Guide to Reading Fantasy 

Editor’s Note: Fantasy encompasses a HUGE body of works. There is literally something in fantasy for everyone. But where to begin if you’ve never tried fantasy before? Here is one reader’s picks for first time fantasy readers. As with all lists, your mileage may vary. Let us know your picks in the comments! If a […]

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The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
5

Originally written in Japanese and published in 2006, this edition of The Beast Player is translated by Cathy Hirano. At the heart of this book is a coming of age story but there is so much more to it than that. Set in a fictional fantasy world, the story starts when a young Elin’s life […]

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