A Tale of Stars and Shadow by Lisa Cassidy – SPFBO #5 Finals Review
 

A Tale of Stars and Shadow

SPFBO #5 Finals Review

 
Victor Gischler Interview – A Fire Beneath the Skin
 

Victor Gischler Interview

A Fire Beneath the Skin

 
 

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Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks – Cover Reveal

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks – Cover Reveal 

Not long ago we announced that Angry Robot had acquired a new novel from our very own contributor, Dan Hanks! You can read the interview with him here, but first we have another announcement. Angry Robot has given us first dibs on revealing the awesome cover for said book, which has an equally awesome title: […]

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Luanne G. Smith Interview – The Vine Witch

Luanne G. Smith Interview – The Vine Witch 

The Vine Witch was an Amazon First Read last September and has since garnered over 3,500 reviews. I picked it up not because I was particularly interested in wine or witches, but rather because it was free with Amazon Prime. Going in with low expectations, I was blown away by the creativity and wordsmithing. In […]

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The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
4.75

If Game of Thrones was isolated to the French wine country. I confess, the cover for The Vine Witch didn’t grab my attention, nor did the premise particularly interest me. A witch and a French vineyard? MEH. Besides the old TV show, Bewitched, witch stories have never particularly interested me. And wine? Well, remember the […]

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Angry Robot Purchases Dan Hanks Debut

Angry Robot Purchases Dan Hanks Debut 

Today we are thrilled to announce that our own Dan Hanks is to be published by Angry Robot Books! Dan has been with our team since 2012 and we can’t wait to read his debut novel, Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire! In post-war 1952, the good guys are supposed to have won. […]

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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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A Ritual of Bone by Lee C. Conley

A Ritual of Bone by Lee C. Conley
3.5

The land of Arnar is menaced by a vicious plague, a tribe of savage cannibals and a growing tide of the living dead summoned by a dark ritual. Warriors, hunters, nobles and ordinary folk will all have to become heroes if their home is to be saved from the cursed hordes. That’s A Ritual of […]

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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
4.5

When we last left our intrepid heroines, they had just received word from Mina Murray, Mary’s governess, that their help was urgently needed for one Lucinda van Helsing. That’s right. If Dr. Seward and Renfield appearing in the previous book weren’t enough, it’s official. We’re in vampire territory. A quick update for those who either […]

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
5

First, a disclaimer: This book draws heavily on various Victorian and pre-Victorian speculative fiction, as does its sequel (which I will review next month). I was a very precocious teen and actually read all the novels referenced in this book during high school, so I can’t say whether or not the book would be as […]

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Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
4.5

“So desperate are you to speak to us that you see us everywhere. You look across your borders, your walls, and instead of your neighbours, you see us. As your ships sail further and countries and continents discover each other, you see not each other. You see us. You want to see us.” Jeannette Ng’s […]

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Seven Deadly Swords by Peter Sutton

Seven Deadly Swords by Peter Sutton
3.5

For every sin, a sword  For every sword, a curse  For every curse, a death  Reymond joined the Crusades to free the Holy Land from the Saracens and win glory for himself. Instead, with six others, he found himself bound under a sorcerer’s curse: the Seven Sins personified. Doomed to eternal life and with the […]

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The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – Spoiler Free Review

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – Spoiler Free Review
5

This is the third and final book in The Winternight Trilogy. It resumes directly after the events of the second book, The Girl in the Tower. As with the previous books, this sequel is influenced by Russian folklore and is partly set in Moscow. Once again, we follow Vasilisa “Vasya” Petrovna, a young girl trying […]

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Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side

Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side 

Peter Haynes’ debut novel The Willow by Your Side has just been published by Unsung Stories. It is a haunting exploration of British folklore, mythology and landscape set after World War I, and follows the journey of a boy into the magical woods to find his missing sister. Peter Haynes was kind enough to speak […]

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