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James Jakins Interview – Knights of the Dead God

James Jakins Interview – Knights of the Dead God 

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing one of SPFBO finalists from last year, James Jakins. His book, Jack Bloodfist: Fixer, was Lynn’s Books pick for 2017’s final ten. Its sequel, Jack Bloodfist: Freelancer, is due out around the end of the year. But urban fantasy is not all he has to offer. He currently […]

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Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off #4: The Fall of the First Five

Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off #4: The Fall of the First Five 

* Disclaimer * Writing and reading are subjective arts. What some folks will absolutely love, others will dislike. It is a bit like Marmite in the UK – normal people dislike it intensely, but some weird folks actually enjoy the taste of warm road surface with fresh roadkill upon their tongue. To each their own, […]

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Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off #4: Cover Competition

Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off #4: Cover Competition 

As ever, with the SPFBO, well, for the past two or three years, there is, at the start, a little cover competition. (And clearly a few overactive commas!) This year, through a process of alchemy, magic, and bribery we, the judges, have decided on our top three covers from the 30 books which Mark issued […]

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4th Annual Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off – An Introduction

4th Annual Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off – An Introduction 

Hello, to all the followers of the SPFBO – Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off – the competition which began with an idle thought in the shadowed recesses of Mark Lawrence’s mind and is now in its fourth year. Some of the previous winners and finalists have been picked up by traditional publishing houses and some authors […]

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Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – SPFBO Review

Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – SPFBO Review
4.25

Five years ago, Corin Cadence’s brother entered the Serpent Spire—a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire’s trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the […]

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The Way Into Chaos by Harry Connolly – SPFBO Review

The Way Into Chaos by Harry Connolly – SPFBO Review
3.5

The city of Peradain is the heart of an empire built with steel, spears, and a monopoly on magic. Until, in a single day, it falls, overthrown by a swarm of supernatural creatures of incredible power and ferocity. Neither soldier nor spellcaster can stand against them. The empire’s armies are crushed, its people scattered, its […]

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The War of Undoing by Alex Perry – SPFBO Review

The War of Undoing by Alex Perry – SPFBO Review
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“My name is Tay Raining, and this is my brother Ellstone. I wonder if you’ve heard of us . . . I have a birthmark shaped like a question mark on my hand, I think it might mean something but I’m not sure what. My brother is probably important too, though I can’t imagine how. […]

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Pilgrimage to Skara & Devil’s Night Dawning – Double SPFBO Reviews

Pilgrimage to Skara & Devil’s Night Dawning – Double SPFBO Reviews 

Pilgrimage to Skara by Jonathan Pembroke Self-Published – July 28, 2016 Fantasy Ebook     3.5/10 stars It has been nearly two decades since Pell Wendt abandoned the power and prestige of Collum. Ruled by the semi-divine Ajudicar, the city had been his home all his life, but no longer. Spurned by the woman he loved, […]

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Fixer by James Jakins – SPFBO Review

Fixer by James Jakins – SPFBO Review
3.5

Jack Bloodfist fixes things. That’s what his card says, anyway. When the orcs and goblins of Summervale, Virginia need something done they call Jack. He’s the one who convinces the local PD to ignore any tribal violence. The guy who makes sure the goblins aren’t evicted whenever they do something decidedly goblin. He also does […]

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The Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson – SPFBO Review

The Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson – SPFBO Review
3.5

Long ago the world fell into twilight, when the great empires of old consumed each other in sorcerous cataclysms. In the south the Star Towers fell, swallowed by the sea, while the black glaciers descended upon the northern holdfasts, entombing the cities of Min-Ceruth in ice and sorcery. Then from the ancient empire of Menekar […]

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Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes – SPFBO Review

Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes – SPFBO Review
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For some reason, the archetypal pirate accent from Hollywood movies always comes out of my mouth (and pen) as a farmer from deepest Wiltshire or Somerset… it doesn’t have quite the same menace. Few folks are scared of a man with a piece of straw between his teeth rather than a knife or cutlass. Anyway, […]

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Josiah Bancroft Interview – The Books of Babel

Josiah Bancroft Interview – The Books of Babel 

The Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off has introduced mainstream fantasy lovers to some amazing authors that we might not have found on our own. One of our favorites at Fantasy-Faction is Josiah Bancroft and his incredible Books of Babel series. You can read our reviews of the first book, Senlin Ascends, here, and of the second book, […]

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