Tag: Fantasy

Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton

A surprisingly exciting novel, Duncan M. Hamilton’s first instalment of the Dragonslayer trilogy is an enjoyable read, full of strong characters and a fully engaged plot. The reader is immediately sucked into the fantasy environment, in a world that isn’t too far removed from our own. Multiple plot-lines and viewpoints give the novel that added

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The Stranger by Steve Stred

Steve Stred with his novel The Stranger offers us a detailed meditation in horror. Stred has been able to siphon off the tropes of various horror sources such as films, books and real life horrors – of what makes monsters of men; and blended them to perfection with his offering of The Stranger. The Stranger

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Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Another book about a Wizarding school? The beginning of this novel definitely has similarities to the other very famous Wizardry School and weirdly the author’s other fictional character: about a private investigator down on his luck, but  I thought the twist in the tail, that of a ‘non wizard‘  being summoned to investigate a ‘magic

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Piece of Me by Steve Stred

I think I’ve arrived late at the Steve Stred party, but with his latest and phenomenal dark fantasy epic Piece of Me – I’m sure to be gorging myself on more of his fabulous offerings for some time to come (as of writing I’ve dived into his dark horror offering in the shape of ‘The

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Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan

A stand alone companion to the Lady Trent series of books this is a slow burner of a mystery. We start with the discovery of a series of ancient tablets which their owner, Lord Gleinleigh, is keen to have translated.  Who better for the job than Lady Trent’s feisty granddaughter, Audrey Camherst.  She enlists the

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Save Game by Joseph Sale

Author Joseph Sale is at it again, a master of creating worlds and putting his readers slap bang in the middle of them – one would say that Sale’s signature is a deranged mix of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, infused with the cinematic brilliance of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, garnished with the rich

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Tales from the Shadow Booth Vol 4 – edited by Dan Coxon

Tales from the Shadow Booth Vol 4 is an anthology of stories that are in many styles; from horror, to steampunk, from fantastic to modern, from yesterday, to tomorrow, from the today we know to a today that is from another dimension. This book can easily satisfy all the needs of any avid reader who

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Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

A novel written by two of the greatest modern storytellers was always going to be incredible, let’s face it. The minds of Del Toro and Funke have spilled out wonderfully onto each page, bringing cult film favourite ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to life in a way which readers understand best – via the beauty of written word.

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ARTICLE: A Fantasy Threesome by Joseph Surtees

And now our watch has ended… Yes, Game of Thrones, the TV series, has come to an end. They’ll be no more dragons, white walkers or gratuitous nudity on our screens for a while. Well, at least two of these anyway. You’re probably already suffering withdrawal symptoms. Soon all that will remain is the memory

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

What if you aren’t the hero of the story? This is hands-down the best fantasy debut I’ve read in a long time. Having worked within a publishing publicity team, I usually don’t agree whole-heartedly with the comps or sales pitch, but in this case, it really does sum it up: ‘Uniting the worldbuilding of a

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