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Browsing all articles tagged with historical fantasy.

Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer
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When I first heard of Creatures of Will and Temper, I read descriptions calling it a gender-swapped, lesbian The Picture of Dorian Gray with swords and demons. While that was enough to get my attention (and it helped that I was a fan of Tanzer’s Vermillion), that description is both right and wrong. Yes, there […]

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
4.5

Katherine Arden’s debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, was as charming and magical a debut novel as you could hope to find in 2016. Drawing comparisons to Neil Gaiman, Naomi Novik, and Robin Hobb, Arden’s debut became a bestseller, but more importantly, it marked the introduction of an incredible new voice, one that repackaged […]

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MJ-12: Shadows by Michael J. Martinez

MJ-12: Shadows by Michael J. Martinez
4.75

Following an outstanding start to his new superhero spy series with last year’s MJ-12: Inception, Michael J. Martinez is back to continue the thrilling adventure with MJ-12: Shadows—and it’s a belter. The Official Blurb It’s 1949, and the Cold War is heating up across the world. For the United States, the key to winning might […]

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Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
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“It’s one thing to say that humanity is ultimately unimportant in the face of the cosmos. It’s another to stand before someone who believes, deep down, that your pain is trivial.” “We’re all monsters, or related to monsters, one way or another.” H. P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1936) is one of the writer’s […]

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Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng – Cover Reveal

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng – Cover Reveal 

Fantasy-Faction is excited to host the cover reveal for Jeannette Ng’s Under the Pendulum Sun! Due out in October 2017 from our friends at Angry Robot, Under the Pendulum Sun is a creepy, dark gothic fantasy in which missionaries visit fairyland to spread the word of the Lord. What they don’t bank on however, is […]

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A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden
4.5

A Gathering of Ravens was my introduction to Scott Oden’s work, and after completing the mytho-historical story, I am now scouring his backlist for another appealing tale. The story is imposing and dark, deftly woven by Oden to mix legend and history, telling of the last Orc and his quest for revenge. If you like […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Based On A Random Wikipedia Article

Monthly Short Story Winner: Based On A Random Wikipedia Article 

I don’t think we ever had a prompt that was so not fantasy related and so open. We were really curious about the stories this prompt would produce and the wide variety of themes: steampunk, portal, grimdark, military, parallel universe – depending on the article you got, anything was possible. Writer’s had to take the […]

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Interview with Bernard Cornwell

Interview with Bernard Cornwell 

As a longstanding fan of the writing of Bernard Cornwell, I was delighted when he agreed to answer some interview questions. The profile of his writing has been raised most recently by the television adaptation of The Last Kingdom and its scandalously irreligious hero Uhtred. However, his output of historical fiction is truly prolific, drawing […]

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Books & Booze: The Lions of Al-Rassan

Books & Booze: The Lions of Al-Rassan 

Warning: Contains Stage 9 Book Adoration Let’s just get this out of the way, and then maybe we can level with each other. I loved The Lions of Al-Rassan. Now, if you have a problem with that, you can meet me outside in three minutes and I’ll introduce you to my wrath via a broken […]

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
4.5

As a fantasy reader who makes his living in marketing and communications, I am perhaps more jaded than most when it comes to books that are compared to some of the greatest in the genre prior to their release date. How many times have we seen books touted as “the next Lord of the Rings,” […]

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A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
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Think 1920s Prohibition, except alcohol is not what is illegal. Magic is. Enough damage was done by past magic users that any and all evidence of magic is shunned and banned. But not all traces of magic are gone. With anything that is prohibited, the lure is just all that more enticing. Shine rooms attract […]

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Yseult by Ruth Nestvold – SPFBO Review: And Then There Were Five

Yseult by Ruth Nestvold – SPFBO Review: And Then There Were Five
3.5

The SPFBO team are making steady progress in our search for a finalist. To avoid cruelly stretching things out, we’ll be posting individual reviews for those who don’t make it as we eliminate them rather than waiting till we’ve picked our winner. Please note that we’re not reading (or eliminating) these in any particular order […]

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