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5th Annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off: An Introduction

5th Annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off: An Introduction 

Hello, to all the followers of the SPFBO (Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off) the competition that began with an idle thought in the shadowed recesses of Mark Lawrence’s mind and is now in its fifth year. Some of the previous winners and finalists have been picked up by traditional publishing houses and some authors have turned down […]

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One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
4.5

In January 1986, 15-year-old Nick is told that he has cancer. He begins chemotherapy and struggles to maintain as much of a normal life as he can. But a girl has joined his Dungeons and Dragons group, and a mysterious man has started following him around—a man who looks curiously familiar. Nick is drawn into […]

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What If… – Guest Blog by Tom Lloyd

What If… – Guest Blog by Tom Lloyd 

Writing—It’s all basically the same whatever genre, right? No, of course I don’t believe that! If I did, I’d be trying to make my fortune in romance or something. There are a few reasons why I’m not (much to the disappointment of my friends, family and every person I’ve had to tell, “No, not that […]

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Quill by A. C. Cobble

Quill by A. C. Cobble
4

Quill is the first book in a new series, The Cartographer, by A. C. Cobble (author of the Benjamin Ashwood series). It is a fantasy wrapped in steampunk, inside a buddy cop story—except that in this universe sorcery (spirits) is present alongside the industrial revolution. Duke Oliver Wellesley, the youngest son of the king, and […]

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Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes
4.75

Seven Blades in Black is the first book in The Grave of Empires series. The central theme is the contest for power between mages—those with any magical or superhuman ability—and non-mages—regular humans. Before the events of this book, the Empress—a mage from a lineage of powerful mages—gave birth to her first child and heir, who […]

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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver – Series Review

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver – Series Review
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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is a six book historical fantasy series by British author, Michelle Paver. The series consists of Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Outcast, Oath Breaker and Ghost Hunter. It is aimed at younger readers, but can be enjoyed by a range of ages. We follow a twelve-year-old boy, named Torak, who […]

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The Dreaming Land by E. P. Clark – Series Review: Books I-III

The Dreaming Land by E. P. Clark – Series Review: Books I-III
3.75

I discovered E. P. Clark a couple years ago when I read (and loved) the first book in the Zemnian series, The Midnight Land. Set about a hundred years later, The Dreaming Land books provide a highly entertaining finish to this series set in a fantasy version of the Russian Empire, in which women hold […]

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Fantasy-Faction Game of Thrones Discussion: Season 8, Episode 6 – “The Iron Throne”

Fantasy-Faction Game of Thrones Discussion: Season 8, Episode 6 – “The Iron Throne” 

*Spoilers*This is the final episode. Spoilers for the entire Game of Thrones series ahead! “The Iron Throne” is a fitting title for the finale of Game of Thrones. For the past eight years, we’ve watched the characters kill and die over this MacGuffin-seat, only to see the chair itself turned into molten slag during the […]

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Blade Skill, Iron Sensing and Hypnosis: Behind the Scenes Look at Shadowblade – Guest Blog by Anna Kashina

Blade Skill, Iron Sensing and Hypnosis: Behind the Scenes Look at Shadowblade – Guest Blog by Anna Kashina 

Despite being a scientist in my day job, in my writing I tend to gravitate to fantasy. This means, magic rather than technology, supernatural and mystical as opposed to rationally explained. People often ask me why I am not using my science background in my writing, and up until now I have always come up […]

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Monarchies of Mau – Role-playing Core Rulebook Review

Monarchies of Mau – Role-playing Core Rulebook Review 

Reviewer’s Note: I follow the Onyx Pathcast podcast. This show features the three developers at Onyx Path talking about everything under the sun. Most often they discuss RPG products that Onyx Path is making or has made. Eddy Web is one of the three as well as being the creator of Pugsteady and the mind […]

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Fantasy-Faction Game of Thrones Discussion: Season 8, Episode 5 – “The Bells”

Fantasy-Faction Game of Thrones Discussion: Season 8, Episode 5 – “The Bells” 

Episode five saw the fall of one evil queen and the rise of another. Cersei finally died at the hands of Daenerys, along with a city full of innocent civilians. Almost as surprising as Dany’s descent into full-on mad Targaryen mode was the way she so casually obliterated the Iron Fleet that had forced her […]

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Fantasy-Faction Game of Thrones Discussion: Season 8, Episode 4 – “Last of the Starks”

Fantasy-Faction Game of Thrones Discussion: Season 8, Episode 4 – “Last of the Starks” 

It was the best of times and the worst of times in episode four last Sunday. The show opened with tear-jerking goodbyes and some sorely needed joy and relief from the long strife that has plagued the Seven Kingdoms. Unfortunately, it included one of the most poorly staged battles in the show’s history. Nevertheless, the […]

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