Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
 

Grey Sister

Review

 
Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: The First Five to Fall
 

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5

The First Five to Fall

 
Lian Hearn Interview – Orphan Warriors
 

Lian Hearn

Interview – Orphan Warriors

 

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Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
5

Mark Lawrence delivered an amazing story about a convent that trains young girls into warrior nuns in a world where they are feared and needed. The author is a storyteller virtuoso to know that sequels and follow ups to stories are best when they start where the predecessor ended. And, there is further development in […]

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Lian Hearn Interview – Orphan Warriors

Lian Hearn Interview – Orphan Warriors 

On Friday of last week, we reviewed Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori series, which begins with Across the Nightingale Floor. She has two more books in the series coming out soon: Orphan Warriors and Sibling Assassins. And today, we are lucky enough to have an interview with the author! First off, I am going […]

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Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn – Series Review

Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn – Series Review
4.5

Japanese Game of Thrones. I was first drawn to Japanese samurai stories as a nine-year-old, when the miniseries based on James Clavell’s Shogun graced the little screen for five straight nights. Besides being the first time I ever saw suggestion of the hanky-panky happening on television, what struck me the most was the exotic customs […]

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“Bound” by Mark Lawrence

“Bound” by Mark Lawrence
5

“Bound” is a short story that takes place after the events in Grey Sister. The story focuses on Nona’s life at the Convent of Sweet Mercy, which as readers and fans know, there is never a dull moment. Mark Lawrence provides this interlude as the calm before the storm that is Holy Sister. After Nona […]

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C. T. Phipps – Interview

C. T. Phipps – Interview 

What do C. T. Phipps and Stephen King have in common? They’re prolific. They explore the darker sides of human nature. King has a few decades on Phipps and is undeniably more famous with a host more published novels and short stories. Nevertheless, Phipps is doing his best to catch up and has a growing […]

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Numenera: Role Playing in the Ninth World

Numenera: Role Playing in the Ninth World 

A billion years have passed, and civilisations have risen and fallen leaving evidence of their presence across the world. Wonders that no one can understand; obelisks that float in the sky, creatures that appear from shadows or walk through walls, machines that control the weather, or have uses yet to be discovered. Humans (mostly) are […]

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
4.25

“Tagline Intentionally Left Blank” One of my favorite parts of writing reviews is coming up with a snappy tagline that compares the book in question to iconic stories. The publisher has promoted Descendant of the Crane as a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones, and while it does have an intricate plot and luscious world building, its […]

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The Bone Ships by RJ Barker

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
5

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. Then the dragons disappeared. But the battle for supremacy on the high seas persisted. When the first dragon in centuries is spotted in far-off waters, both sides see a chance to shift the balance of […]

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
5

Mark Lawrence is an author whose name gets lost within his stories. This is because his stories are so poignant and so ubiquitous that one could easily forget the name of the author. If you are able to remember the titles of his books, then it is justified that you remember his name. The Book […]

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Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State

Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State 

Fantasy is sometimes referred to as “escapism” and it comes in many forms—whether that be reading a novel, getting immersed in a movie, or even playing a video game. That escapist state also comes while a writer is penning new stories—crafting new worlds, interesting magic, fun creatures, and adventurous plotlines. This is especially true when […]

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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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