The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence
 

The Girl and the Mountain

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Leather and Lace by Magen Cubed
 

Leather and Lace

New Release Review

 
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
 

The Bone Shard Daughter

Review

 

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Holiday Microfiction: “The Clockwork Bee” by Kellie Doherty

Holiday Microfiction: “The Clockwork Bee” by Kellie Doherty 

Today, we have Kellie Doherty and “The Clockwork Bee”. “The Clockwork Bee” by Kellie Doherty Gylvonna sat on her bunk, trying her best to ignore the frost that rimed the porthole next to her and the way her arms trembled even under the thick woolen blanket. Her breath seemed to freeze in air. She rubbed […]

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A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A. M. Justice

A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A. M. Justice
4.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains mild spoilers for A Wizard’s Forge. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish book one. Conquering fate takes sacrifice. Victoria of Ourtown believes two things: the bright, wandering star in the heavens is an abandoned spacecraft which brought her ancestors to this world and that destiny and […]

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A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A. M. Justice – Cover Reveal and Excerpt

A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A. M. Justice – Cover Reveal and Excerpt 

Although my name—A. M. Justice—might imply I write detective fiction or Westerns, my particular authorial wheelhouse is science fantasy. I also contribute reviews of film, TV, and books to Fantasy-Faction, and I’m honored to lead the Faction’s SPFBO6 judges’ group. For all these reasons and more, I’m doubly honored that Fantasy-Faction is hosting the cover […]

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The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang – SPFBO #5 Finalist Review

The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang – SPFBO #5 Finalist Review
4.5

Two reviews… on the same day? Yes indeed. These are the final two reviews for this year’s SPFBO. The fifth—that’s five years of SPFBO goodness and some truly awesome books. However, there can be only one winner of the competition and you’ll have to visit Mark Lawrence’s finalist table to find that out! *Disclaimer* Writing […]

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Gene Wolfe 1931 – 2019

Gene Wolfe 1931 – 2019 

“…that is to say, in all of this, I think, I believe in some sense much akin to the belief of faith, that I noticed, felt, or underwent what I describe—but it may be that the only reason childhood memories act on us so strongly is that, being the most remote we possess, they are […]

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The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen

The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen
4.25

The Blighted City begins with a quest and ends with a beautiful contemplation of filial love, loyalty, duty, and grief in a story that blazes a trail out of standard epic fantasy into a really fresh, original science fantasy narrative. The novel starts with an engaging first chapter in which Maros, a retired mercenary and […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Magic and Technology

Monthly Short Story Winner: Magic and Technology 

This month we had our entrants write a story in a world where traditional fantasy with magic and science fictional technology coexist. Or meet. Or clash. Or fight. There are only two books I can think of at the moment that fit this genre. One is a German fantasy saga which was never translated to […]

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The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King – Cover Reveal & Excerpt!

The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King – Cover Reveal & Excerpt! 

Those of you who are new to Fantasy-Faction may not know this, but I love SFF art, and am particularly found of book cover art. It won’t be a surprise then that this is one of my favorite types of announcements to post. For today we have an amazing cover reveal from author Graham Austin-King! […]

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Rise of the Seer by Brandon Barr

Rise of the Seer by Brandon Barr 

Completed while the author was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, Brandon Barr’s Rise of the Seer captures the essence of holding onto hope when things seem dark. It’s part Game of Thrones with the political wrangling, backstabbing, and hidden conspiracies; but also part NeverEnding Story in that the main characters are driven by faith and a […]

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The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless – Cover Reveal

The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless – Cover Reveal 

There aren’t a huge amount of fantasy/science fiction hybrids and probably for good reason; it’s a very hard balance to strike. If the reader feels for even a moment that the fantasy elements are there for the sake of being there (i.e. the science fiction elements should have resulted in the civilisation moving on – […]

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
4.5

Looking at the list of genres above, it’s clear that I had difficulties categorizing Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne. But I suppose that is what the New Weird is all about. Although there is some disagreement over the precise nature of the genre, it seems to be a sort of mashing together of speculative elements to produce […]

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – Spoiler Free Movie Review

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – Spoiler Free Movie Review 

“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.” And with those words, The Last Jedi’s writer/director Rian Johnson’s intentions are laid bare. With a palpable sense of glee that never once veers into parody or mockery, Johnson delivers a bold, polarizing […]

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