• Golden Age by James Maxwell

    Fantasy-Faction May 26, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them meets 300. No, not, really. James Maxwell’s Golden Age shares only two things in common with JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: you can find them (the books) at the[…]

  • Knocking People Out: Easier In Fiction Than In Real Life

    Fantasy-Faction May 23, 2018 | 01:00 am

    It’s a common scenario in many kinds of fiction, including fantasy: a character passes out, either because they’ve been knocked on the head or injured or drugged, and the world “goes black” or they “fall into darkness”. The unfortunate character[…]

  • Blurring The Lines

    Fantasy-Faction May 22, 2018 | 01:00 am

    So I started reading the Dragon Prince trilogy by Melanie Rawn. It’s part of the classical fantasy cannon, and the books have been on my TBR pile for ages. While I am enjoying the books, one aspect that stands out[…]

  • Age of Assassins by RJ Barker

    Fantasy-Faction May 21, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Coming-of-age books are quite common these days, so are the books containing assassins as protagonists in fantasy, so how does a book combing these two themes actually fare? RJ Barker proved that it can work out rather brilliantly. It just[…]

  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

    Fantasy-Faction May 17, 2018 | 01:00 am

    The second in the new series published by Penguin called DC Icons, these YA novels take a look back on the teen lives of popular DC heroes. The ground was safely and greatly broken by Wonder Woman: Warbringer, which I[…]

  • Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

    Fantasy-Faction May 15, 2018 | 01:00 am

    With Jagannath, I return to two genres I have visited in earlier reviews: short stories and Scandinavian fiction. One of my very first reviews for this site was a collection of speculative fiction set during the Age of Discovery, dealing[…]

  • Jordskott: Seasons 1 and 2 – TV Series Review

    Fantasy-Faction May 14, 2018 | 01:00 am

    How far would you go to protect your child? Would you destroy a community? Commit genocide? Kill another’s child? On the Swedish urban fantasy crime drama Jordskott, the answer to these questions is often yes. Jordskott could be described as[…]

  • Nightblade by Ryan Kirk

    Fantasy-Faction May 11, 2018 | 01:00 am

    As a fan of epic fantasy with diverse casts, I always saw Ryan Kirk’s Nightblade atop the Asian Myths and Legends charts on Amazon, reminding me I needed to finish it. Though it had been sitting on my Kindle for[…]

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – SPFBO Review

    Fantasy-Faction May 9, 2018 | 01:00 am

    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[…]

  • Nina Allan Interview – The Rift

    Fantasy-Faction May 7, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Nina Allan is one of the finest writers operating in the field of speculative fiction. Her debut novel The Race (2014) was released to critical acclaim, and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award, the Kitschies, and the John W.[…]

  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

    Fantasy-Faction May 4, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Today is May 4, coincidentally the 99th anniversary of the first popular protest in China’s history. Due to the somber tone of The Poppy War, I am eschewing my usual levity in this review. In my review of Naomi Novik’s[…]

  • R. F. Kuang Interview – The Poppy War

    Fantasy-Faction May 2, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Rebecca F. Kuang (writing as R. F. Kuang) immigrated to the US from Guangzhou, China in 2000. When she isn’t writing books she is a student of Chinese history focusing on military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. Her debut[…]

  • Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

    Fantasy-Faction May 1, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Under Heaven is the first book in the Under Heaven duology. It is set in a fictionalized version of the Tang Dynasty of 8th Century China and contains a masterful story of family, intrigue and power. “The world is not[…]

  • A Fantasy Geek’s Guide to YouTube: RPG Reviews

    Fantasy-Faction Apr 30, 2018 | 00:13 am

    YouTube is an app, a website and a cultural phenomenon. It’s also a vast and only partially explored wilderness full of content that ranges from dynamic to dire. Whatever your interests are, there’s probably at least one channel out there[…]

  • Monthly Short Stories Winner: Alien or Eldritch Artifact

    Fantasy-Faction Apr 28, 2018 | 01:00 am

    A massive artifact appears all of a sudden and (violently) disrupts the everyday life (of a tribe, a city, a country, the world). It can either be an alien artifact (science fiction) or an eldritch artifact (fantasy). This month, we[…]

  • Blackmark by Jean Lowe Carlson

    Fantasy-Faction Apr 27, 2018 | 01:00 am

    If you’ve followed my reviews on Fantasy-Faction, you know how I nearly gave up on some of my now-favorite books and series like Alec Hutson’s Crimson Queen and Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate. Add Jean Lowe Carlson’s Blackmark,[…]

  • John Gwynne Interview – A Time of Dread

    Fantasy-Faction Apr 26, 2018 | 01:00 am

    John Gwynne not only has one of the best author photos ever, he is also responsible for the critically acclaimed series, The Faithful and the Fallen. This year he has started a new series, Of Blood and Bone. The first[…]

  • The Way into Chaos by Harry Connolly – SPFBO Review

    Fantasy-Faction Apr 25, 2018 | 01:00 am

    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[…]

  • The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore

    Fantasy-Faction Apr 23, 2018 | 01:00 am

    One of the quieter entries into the Best of 2017 list here on Fantasy-Faction, The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore, is a unique venture into a complex fantasy world. It combines some traditional fantasy tropes (magical artifacts, all-powerful wizards, and[…]

  • Ruthanna Emrys Interview – Deep Roots

    Fantasy-Faction Apr 19, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Ruthanna Emrys is the author of Winter Tide (2017), first book in The Innsmouth Legacy series, a wonderful subversion of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1936). The series focuses on Aphra and Caleb, two Deep Ones who are[…]


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