The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker
 

The Path of Flames

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Lisa Tuttle Interview – The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross
 

Lisa Tuttle

Interview - The Witch at Wayside Cross

 
Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
 

Sky Coyote

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The Sword – Fantasy’s Weapon of Choice

The Sword – Fantasy’s Weapon of Choice 

If you open a fantasy book, or even think of watching one of the fantasy epics on TV, you will know that fantasy is not complete without some form of weapon. Many people out there tend to ignore the weapons that their favourite heroes use in the genre. To me the weapons actually make up […]

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Combat in Fantasy – Part Two: Top Ten Tips for Wearing Armour

Combat in Fantasy – Part Two: Top Ten Tips for Wearing Armour 

Armour. Often the subject of heavily debated book covers. Rule of thumb? The heavier it is, the more protection it offers, but the more it slows you down. You need to pick kit that suits a character’s personality and physical strength – hey, even the movies get that much right. My top ten tips, below. […]

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Writing Combat In Fantasy – Part One: Top Ten Tips

Writing Combat In Fantasy – Part One: Top Ten Tips 

Writing combat is easy. Writing good combat is harder. Below are ten points–some of them tips, some of them common mistakes–to make sure your fighters are doing/using/hitting what they should be. 1. If you’re an archer, stay out of the melee. If you have brains, and want to keep them, stay at range. A lot […]

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A Flintlock Fantasy Revolution?

A Flintlock Fantasy Revolution? 

Whether you call it “flintlock fantasy”, “gunpowder fantasy,” or “magic and muskets,” fantasy seems to be once again growing beyond the classic “sword and sorcery” image. Now I may be jumping the gun a bit (pun entirely intended) by labeling this a nascent fantasy subgenre. After all, the advent of any subgenre is often a […]

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Tactical vs. Tactile: Writing Fantasy Battles

Tactical vs. Tactile: Writing Fantasy Battles 

Like many people who read fantasy novels, one of the reasons I love the genre is because it contains epic battles with vast armies fighting it out. Whether it’s more realistic with waves of knights crashing into enemy lines, or more fantastical like a ragged group of elves fending off hordes of undead, the grand […]

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Writing Action Scenes

Writing Action Scenes 

I want to be honest right off the top: This article is written by a complete novice when it comes to “action.” I’ve never been in a physical fight. I don’t know how to do any kind of martial art. I can sort of fire a little Cub Scout bow, but I have no idea […]

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Violence and Gore in Fantasy

Violence and Gore in Fantasy 

Thanks for all of your great article suggestions last week. I’m taking them in order, and up first, I get to tackle one that will probably have me flayed, drawn, and quartered by both sides: How much is too much violence and gore in fantasy? It’s with great trepidation that I wade into this morass, […]

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Written In Blood: A Look At Violence In Fantasy

Written In Blood: A Look At Violence In Fantasy 

The biggest fantasy series right now, and easily the biggest since J.R.R Tolkien first uttered “Hobbit,” is George R.R. Martin’ s A Song of Ice and Fire. From the Wall to King’s Landing, the series is epic in scope, rich in history, deep in character, and drenched in blood. Despite my appreciation of Martin’s transcendent […]

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