A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
 

A Conjuring of Light

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When Characters Shed Names
 

When Characters Shed Names

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
 

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

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Browsing all articles tagged with mythology.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
3.5

Mythology is meant to be told and retold, down through the generations. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, is the latest telling. As Gaiman recently described it in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, this collection is his version of a “cover song” or his take on the role of Hamlet. It’s a clever metaphor […]

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Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses

Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses 

Have you ever noticed that extra-terrestrials in most “aliens-make-contact” science fiction usually resemble octopuses, squids, or other cephalopods? At least, when they don’t just look like humans in Halloween masks or cheap make up. Arrival, Independence Day, War of the Worlds, The Simpsons… the list goes on. The default non-humanoid aliens seem to always have […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Mighty Beasts

Monthly Short Story Winner: Mighty Beasts 

You know they’re out there. Lurking. Just out of your sight. Maybe immortal. Or so close that it doesn’t make a difference. Having survived for longer than human history exists. Because they’re tougher, smarter and meaner than anything else. Dragons, leviathans, kraken or other things from deep below – our mythologies are filled with gargantuan […]

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Paternus by Dyrk Ashton – SPFBO Review: And Then There Was One!

Paternus by Dyrk Ashton – SPFBO Review: And Then There Was One!
4.5

The SPFBO team have completed their search for a finalist! Today, only one book remains, and that is Paternus by Dyrk Ashton! Congratulations Dyrk! You are moving on to round two in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off! You can read our review of our amazing second place winner for part one of the contest here. […]

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Vampires: Origins, Evolution, and Role in Fantasy Fiction

Vampires: Origins, Evolution, and Role in Fantasy Fiction 

The vampire: a figure whose folklore origins date back as far as the cradle of civilisation, is one of the major mythic figures bequeathed to us by the English Romantics. Tracing the vampire’s timeline back through folklore we are presented with either twisted, ghoulesque apparitions, or dishevelled corpses that more resemble the zombies and mummies […]

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Worldbuilding: Using The Creation Story To Help Design A Belief System

Worldbuilding: Using The Creation Story To Help Design A Belief System 

Is a faith system vital to any fantasy story? Definitely. Even in a fictional setting, people need a raison d’être and comforting explanations for the mysteries of life. Religion is an excellent way to enrich a world. It provides it with clerics, shamans, priestesses, temples, oracles and prophesies. Religion is one of five main components […]

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Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Colchian Dragon

Fantastical Creatures of Greco-Roman Mythology: The Colchian Dragon 

This is the second instalment of a series in which we explore some of the lesser-known creatures and monsters found in Classical mythology, as many of these fantastical beings have similar counterparts in today’s modern fantasy literature and film. It’s my hope that giving more “screen time” to some of the unique creatures from ancient […]

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Fantasy’s Tricksters

Fantasy’s Tricksters 

Fantasy loves a big, strong hero, almost as much as we love a big, scary villain. We love to see a good, old-fashioned epic showdown, preferably on top of a castle or inside an active volcano. However, there are some characters who weren’t blessed by being the biggest and the strongest. They may not be […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction

Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction 

We’re going to talk about faeries. For the purposes of both my sanity and authenticity, leave any and all notions of Disney’s Tinker Bell at the door. Tinker Bell is a pretty fiction dreamed up in order to invite little girls to dress in frilly gowns that glitter and sparkle in the sun. Faeries are […]

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Foundations of Fantasy: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Foundations of Fantasy: The Epic of Gilgamesh 

More than any other genre, fantasy tends to examine ancient epics. Whether it’s the study of archetypes and ectypes, or a historical understanding of narrative itself, or simply a desire to experience myths and legends that have lived for ages, these books remain alive to us. This series of posts will be about some of […]

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Mythology in Urban Fantasy

Mythology in Urban Fantasy 

I’ve talked before about creating a mythology using fantasy, and I’ve delved a little into world mythology and folklore through various articles on dragons, demons, fae, and magic, but this time I want a different spin. Mythology is all about the past: legend, folklore and tales that were somehow brought into being by our ancestors […]

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The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
4

I will never look at Greek myths the same way again, and I’m not sure if I am happy about that or not. Greek mythology was my childhood introduction to the world of fantasy literature. I read every story I could get my hands on and then their Roman counterparts. It continued to fascinate me […]

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