• Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Fantasy-Faction Sep 13, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Mark Lawrence delivered an amazing story about a convent that trains young girls into warrior nuns in a world where they are feared and needed. The author is a storyteller virtuoso to know that sequels and follow ups to stories[…]

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  • Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: The First Five to Fall

    Fantasy-Faction Sep 11, 2019 | 01:00 am

    A bit late, but I’ll put that down to careful reading, many discussions amongst the judges, alongside a desire to get it right: Fantasy-Faction’s First Five to Fall. (Say that five times as quick as you can and read the[…]

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  • Lian Hearn Interview – Orphan Warriors

    Fantasy-Faction Sep 9, 2019 | 01:00 am

    On Friday of last week, we reviewed Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori series, which begins with Across the Nightingale Floor. She has two more books in the series coming out soon: Orphan Warriors and Sibling Assassins. And today, we[…]

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  • Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn – Series Review

    Fantasy-Faction Sep 6, 2019 | 01:00 am

    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[…]

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  • Simantov by Asaf Ashery – English Edition Cover Reveal

    Fantasy-Faction Sep 4, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Over the years we have done a few reviews on books and movies translated from other languages into English. I can think of some from Sweden, Spain, and China, off the top of my head. But this is the first[…]

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  • “Bound” by Mark Lawrence

    Fantasy-Faction Sep 2, 2019 | 01:00 am

    “Bound” is a short story that takes place after the events in Grey Sister. The story focuses on Nona’s life at the Convent of Sweet Mercy, which as readers and fans know, there is never a dull moment. Mark Lawrence[…]

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  • C. T. Phipps – Interview

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 30, 2019 | 01:00 am

    What do C. T. Phipps and Stephen King have in common? They’re prolific. They explore the darker sides of human nature. King has a few decades on Phipps and is undeniably more famous with a host more published novels and[…]

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  • Harry Potter Day: Land of the Midnight Sun Style

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 28, 2019 | 01:00 am

    We Alaskans know how to get nerdy with it. Geek culture is everywhere in Anchorage—from Bosco’s Not at Comic Con festival and SenshiCon to Geeks Who Drink trivia nights and the Critical Role critters strolling around town in t-shirts—we know[…]

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  • VoyagerCon – Event Review

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 27, 2019 | 01:00 am

    First, let me confess to being an idiot. Those who know me, have met me, or avoided me (I’m sure it happens), were probably aware of that already. I always, always, plan my journey across the London Underground before I[…]

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  • Numenera: Role Playing in the Ninth World

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 23, 2019 | 01:00 am

    A billion years have passed, and civilisations have risen and fallen leaving evidence of their presence across the world. Wonders that no one can understand; obelisks that float in the sky, creatures that appear from shadows or walk through walls,[…]

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  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 21, 2019 | 01:00 am

    “Tagline Intentionally Left Blank” One of my favorite parts of writing reviews is coming up with a snappy tagline that compares the book in question to iconic stories. The publisher has promoted Descendant of the Crane as a Chinese-inspired Game[…]

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  • Todd Lockwood Interview – The Summer Dragon

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 19, 2019 | 01:00 am

    I went to Dragon Con (a convention held in Atlanta, George) in the fall of 2016. Amid the hustle and bustle of the massive crowds, attending author panels and going to workshops we decided we needed a break. My sister-in-law’s[…]

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  • Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 16, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the authors whose writing, I eagerly look forward to whenever something new is announced. I was a bit skeptical about this title though, as this is a dystopic science fiction novella, which is not[…]

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  • Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 14, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Originally written in Chinese and published in 2013, this edition of Waste Tide is translated by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books. It is also Chen Qiufan’s debut book. Set in a dystopian China of the future (post 2020s),[…]

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  • The Bone Ships by RJ Barker

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 13, 2019 | 01:00 am

    For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. Then the dragons disappeared. But the battle for supremacy on the high seas persisted. When the first dragon in centuries[…]

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  • A Ritual of Bone by Lee C. Conley

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 7, 2019 | 01:00 am

    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[…]

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  • The Red Plains by G. R. Matthews

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 6, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for The Red Plains. “Listen, Jiin-Wei, Taiji, I do not ask you what you can do or tell you what you cannot. Do not presume you know the same about me. I have[…]

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  • Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 5, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Mark Lawrence is an author whose name gets lost within his stories. This is because his stories are so poignant and so ubiquitous that one could easily forget the name of the author. If you are able to remember the[…]

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  • Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 1, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Monsters—or, in the very least, the monstrous—show up fairly frequently in most speculative fiction. Whether under the guise of dragons and creatures from the deep (ocean or space) or by way of vampires and the fickle, often cruel fae, monsters and[…]

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  • Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 30, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Fantasy is sometimes referred to as “escapism” and it comes in many forms—whether that be reading a novel, getting immersed in a movie, or even playing a video game. That escapist state also comes while a writer is penning new[…]

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