Worldbuilding Through Characterization
 

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One Way by S. J. Morden

One Way by S. J. Morden
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Frank Kittridge is a middle-aged convict, doing time for killing his son’s drug supplier. His wife has divorced him and moved away with their son; he hasn’t heard from either of them since he went inside. He’ll never see them again and will die in prison serving his 120-year sentence. He’s not a typical murderer; […]

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Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes
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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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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
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As a big fan of titles by Becky Chambers and Pierce Brown, this space adventure by Sanderson sounded like a no brainer. In the online announcement that Sanderson made, he noted that it would be sold under the young adult branch in the US but under science fiction in the UK; it definitely felt like […]

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Cold Iron by Miles Cameron

Cold Iron by Miles Cameron
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Cold Iron follows the exploits of Aranthur Timos, a poor but conscientious student, at a university called The Academy, which can be found in a city called the City. The City seems to me to be a fusion of Byzantium and Renaissance-era Venice, possibly with some elements of the Holy Roman Empire and the actual […]

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2018 British Fantasy Award Winners Announced!

2018 British Fantasy Award Winners Announced! 

The winners for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards were announced today! Here is the list of the winners and nominees that made it this year’s short list. If you’ve not read everyone on this list, we suggest you check them out. You won’t be disappointed! Best Anthology * New Fears, ed. Mark Morris (Titan Books) […]

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Black Man (a.k.a. Thirteen) by Richard Morgan

Black Man (a.k.a. Thirteen) by Richard Morgan
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Carl Marsalis is a Variant Thirteen, a genetically-engineered throwback to a strain of human that died out thousands of years ago. He is a tough, aggressive loner, instinctively cunning and brutal, predisposed not to follow rules. Thirteens are used as elite soldiers by the government and forcibly retired to Mars, where they can be kept […]

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing by Ed McDonald
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Ed McDonald’s debut is an impressive tour-de-force of imaginative worldbuilding, gritty characterisation and absorbing writing. Ryhalt Galharrow’s story comes with the intimacy of a first-person point of view. McDonald gives his protagonist a voice as distinctive and world weary as Daniel Polansky’s Warden from The Low Town trilogy. Like the Warden, Galharrow is a soldier […]

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Princess of Blood by Tom Lloyd – Cover Reveal

Princess of Blood by Tom Lloyd – Cover Reveal 

So here it is: the cover of Princess of Blood in all its monstery goodness. After the brilliant Stranger of Tempest cover we of course went back to Jon McCoy to do this one too and I think you’ll agree it’s a cracker – artwork to grab you by the throat! Before the throat grabbing […]

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald – UK Cover Reveal

Blackwing by Ed McDonald – UK Cover Reveal 

I first heard that Ed McDonald had written a book through our Facebook Group. He happened to be a member and commented about having recently won a book contract. I followed Ed’s posts for a while and they all proved he was someone passionate about the genre and who obviously had real knowledge on the […]

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Gollancz have gone mad!

Gollancz have gone mad! 

Just a very quick post to let you know that a ton of titles from Gollancz (including some new, highly-anticipated ones) are just 99p on the Kindle here in the UK to celebrate the upcoming GollanczFest. Authors such as Abercrombie, Pinborough, Lynch, Harris, Sykes, Rothfuss, de Bodard, Sanderson, Cameron, Aaronovitch and so many more are […]

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Nothing Is As It Seems

Nothing Is As It Seems 

I’ve always referred to The Relic Guild Trilogy as a single story chopped up into three books. Mostly because it’s true. It is the tale of a secret band of magickers protecting a million humans in a city hidden at the centre of a giant labyrinth; a city that barely manages to survive, trapped behind […]

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Excerpt from ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ – A short story from Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

Excerpt from ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ – A short story from Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie 

There are very few authors that Fantasy-Faction forum users and Facebook group members talk about more than Joe Abercrombie. There are many reasons for this, but in addition to truly enjoying his books, there is a feeling amongst the community that Joe Abercrombie is at least part responsible for the favourable direction that our genre has headed […]

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