Blackwing by Ed McDonald
 

Blackwing

Review

 
Worlds Within Worlds – Part Three: Old Grey Beards
 

Worlds Within Worlds

Part Three: Old Grey Beards

 
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
 

Games Wizards Play

Review

 

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie Review 

You know, it’s always struck me as rather odd that, despite there being dozens of amazing stories about King Arthur and his Round Table out there, there’s never really been a truly iconic cinematic movie about the legend. Certainly, there have been plenty of movies made about King Arthur, some of which are even fairly […]

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Top 10 Things To Do in a Fictional Castle

Top 10 Things To Do in a Fictional Castle 

For those of us who like a touch of the magical and the medieval, nothing quite beats a visit to a fictional castle. But with all those trap doors, winding passageways, and changeable stairs, it’s hard to know where to start and how to make the most of your time. Yes, you may already have […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Story Generator

Monthly Short Story Winner: Story Generator 

This month’s theme has many fathers and mothers. Lady_Ty who posted the Shakespeare Adaptation Generator in the Ideas Topic on the Fantasy-Faction forum, Raptori who modified it (we kept some of their choices!), ClintACK who provided the online dice roller we used, and last but not least ScarletBea and yours truly who put it together. […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Potions and Elixirs

Monthly Short Story Winner: Potions and Elixirs 

Outside of RPGs and adventure games, potions hadn’t been very popular until a certain professor humiliated a little wizard student lesson after lesson in his potion class. This month our entrants were to show us there is more to potions than Severus Snape, Felix Felices and Polyjuice Potion. Rules: 1. This must be prose or […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Well-Known Fairy Tales from a Different Point of View

Monthly Short Story Winner: Well-Known Fairy Tales from a Different Point of View 

We know these stories by heart – but only from the hero’s POV. Did you ever think about the motivation and justification the big bad wolf had for eating Red Riding Hood’s Grandma? Maybe he was the good guy and we got it all wrong? Remember, the winners write history and they never picture themselves […]

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Self-Published Fantasy: How the SPFBO is Revitalising SFF

Self-Published Fantasy: How the SPFBO is Revitalising SFF 

With the exciting kick-off of the THIRD Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (#SPFBO) already underway, I thought I’d share some thoughts about the complexities of self-publishing and how Mark Lawrence’s SPFBO initiative is shaking up not only the medium, but also the genre itself. (An older, less awesome version of this article can be found here.) Self-published […]

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I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too

I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too 

I don’t think I have a strange reading history. I’m pretty sure it is the same as many other people. At a young age I started reading books, because that’s what you do once you’ve exhausted the excitement of cereal packet ingredients. I had a library card because it was much cheaper than buying lots […]

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
4.5

Spoiler Warning: To the extent possible, I have done my best to minimize spoilers for the entire Shades of Magic trilogy. However, this is a review of the third book in a trilogy, so some details might have been inadvertently revealed. If so, I apologize in advance. When V. E. Schwab recently visited the Washington, […]

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
4

The fourth book of an ongoing series is a troublesome prospect. Stagnation and repetition are potential pitfalls, and there is no doubt that Marie Brennan totters on a precarious ledge at times during In the Labyrinth of Drakes. Isabella, not-quite-yet Lady Trent, certainly has to deal with many of the recurring themes from the first […]

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Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig
4

Spoiler Warning: This review does not spoil Empire’s End. However, events of the first two books in the trilogy are discussed and, to a certain degree, spoiled. I’ve tried to leave as much unspoilt as possible. Proceed at your own risk. And now we know how all those ships crashed on Jakku. With the third […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares

Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares 

Everybody knows about nightmares, so I felt that in this case an introduction wasn’t necessary. Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. A nightmare or nightmares must be a central part of the story 3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long. 4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long. 5. You will be disqualified […]

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Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
4.5

If you have not read the Fablehaven series that preceded this book, you are missing out. I will even come right out and say that I think it is better than the Harry Potter series. (*gasp*) But there it is. I am shocked that this has not been picked up and adapted for the big […]

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