Reaching Outside the Genre
 

Reaching Outside the Genre

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Blood of Assassins by R. J. Barker
 

Blood of Assassins

Review

 
J. P. Ashman Interview – Black Guild
 

J. P. Ashman

Interview - Black Guild

 

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Reaching Outside the Genre

Reaching Outside the Genre 

The fantasy genre is a curious beast, its wide reach covering a range of topics and themes. It has stories about growing up, stories about overcoming problems, stories about slaying dragons and monsters. It’s not limited by location, ideas, character types, or any of the other criteria we normally use to define a genre. In […]

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Blood of Assassins by R. J. Barker

Blood of Assassins by R. J. Barker
5

Age of Assassins was my favorite fantasy novel. It was close to being my favorite novel of any genre. The reason I write in the past tense is because the sequel has improved upon its predecessor in multiple facets. While Age of Assassins was a dark coming of age story about a 14-year-old assassin and […]

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The Reborn King by Michael Miller

The Reborn King by Michael Miller
4

I’m an impulsive book buyer, usually drawn to a shiny cover and 99c sales like my wife is to shoes and handbags. If my one-click finger itched any more, you would think I was Wyatt Earp at the O.K. Corral. It has led to an insurmountable TBR list (and an angry wife who wonders where […]

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Monthly Short Stories Winner: Water

Monthly Short Stories Winner: Water 

This month we asked for stories, where water of any kind was a key element. It didn’t matter if it was a stormy sea, a misty lake, a polluted river, a frozen waterfall, a terrible flash flood, or a sentient geyser – water is incredibly diverse and we expected the stories to mirror this. And […]

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4.5

“God, it’s time for my dick present,” he laughed nervously. I asked him what he meant, as he handed me the wrapped Christmas present. “I’ve bought you my favourite book.” I was baffled. Why that should make him think I wouldn’t approve of the present, I have no idea. I explained I would much rather […]

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Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind

Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind
4

Death’s Mistress is the first book in the Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles series. It is a new series following a character already established in Goodkind’s previous books, the Sword of Truth series. I am unsure the length this series will be but so far there are two books released. Although reading the previous […]

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Emily R. King Interview – The Hundredth Queen Series

Emily R. King Interview – The Hundredth Queen Series 

Yesterday, J. C. Kang reviewed The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King. Today she was nice enough to stop by and tell us a bit about herself and her work. But first a quick introduction. Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the […]

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
5

Emily R. King’s debut novel, The Hundredth Queen, had been gathering digital dust in my Kindle library for months, when something inspired me to finally check it out. That something being $1.99 Audible narration. And an empty audiobook queue. Despite the miserly roots of my inspiration, this epic story was well worth it. Set in […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman 

Everyone likes libraries, don’t they? They’re normally fair-sized buildings which are chock-full of books. And the main rule that guides most libraries? Other than the normal ones. You know like: – Don’t steal the books. – Don’t burn down the library. – Don’t stage an over-elaborate murder designed to implicate one of your political rivals […]

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Dungeons and Dragons – An Adventure in Two Worlds

Dungeons and Dragons – An Adventure in Two Worlds 

Kenric awoke to the smell of his own urine. Sweet and acrid. He raised a hand to his head and massaged his temples. The thumping ache behind his eyes, threatening to push them clear of their sockets, and a throat more parched than the Calim Desert combined with the burning need to pee once more […]

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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – Spoiler Free Review

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – Spoiler Free Review
5

Victoria Schwab (a.k.a. V. E. Schwab) is a force in the young adult fantasy genre. After her A Darker Shade of Magic series launched a major fan club with cultish devotion, it’s no surprise that Our Dark Duet, the sequel to This Savage Song, ended up on 2017’s Favorite Fantasy Books List. (Because Our Dark […]

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Exile by Martin Owton

Exile by Martin Owton
3.25

Shortlisted for last year’s Best Newcomer prize at the British Fantasy Awards, Exile is the first half of Martin Owton’s Nandor Tales – the story concludes in Nandor, also through Tickety Boo Press. From the cover art, the reader may be expecting a high-stakes, world-shifting epic fantasy, but the truth is a little different: Exile […]

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