The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

The Silver Tide by Jen Williams My rating: 5 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction By now, I’m sure everyone knows how much I love Jen’s books. Last year I was raving about The Iron Ghost, which was one of my favourite titles of 2015, and I’m happy to say that The Silver
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Awards, podcasts and Dany

News! Updates! First off, Starborn is longlisted for a Gemmell Award, that most awesome of things, and I couldn’t be more chuffed. It’s up for the Morningstar (best fantasy début) against some damn fine competition. The Gemmell is a fan award; it’s about showing the love for books that took you places, that you found yourself reading despite
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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard My rating: 4 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction Contains spoilers for Red Queen I’m new to this series and tore through the first book, Red Queen, in one sitting. The idea isn’t an original one – we’re talking an ‘us and them’ scenario with the eugenics elements
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Cover reveal: Heartland

Here’s the shiny new cover of Heartland, Book Two of the Worldmaker Trilogy, due to be published 30th June. I love the fiery tones and think they fit the themes and settings of the book perfectly. (Also can’t wait to see the copper foil in action)! Heartland was a challenge to write. It has a different feel to Starborn, new characters, new places
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Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan

Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan My rating: 4 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction I reviewed the first book in the Millenium’s Rule trilogy – Thief’s Magic – back in 2014 here on Fantasy-Faction and I’m sorry to say I was rather harsh. Angel of Storms, however, was superb and everything I’ve
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Happy 2016!

So 2016 has swooped down upon me like a sudden and ravenous hawk and I find myself scrabbling for a new diary. It’s weird to think I’ve been a published writer for nearly a year – a year that’s gone by so very quickly. 2015 was a brilliant time for me. Seeing my book in
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The Traitor by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson My rating: 4 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction The Traitor is a great example of modern political fantasy – as such, it’s entirely new to me. I’ve not read A Song of Ice and Fire so cannot view Dickinson’s book in comparative terms, as other
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Some thoughts on gender in fantasy

The other night at a Bristolcon Fringe reading, I mentioned that I’d jotted down a few thoughts on gender in fantasy in relation to my own book and was encouraged to share them on here. So: My debut novel Starborn features a female protagonist, but it didn’t always, and I’ve been asked several times why I decided
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Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road by Derek Landy My rating: 4 of 5 stars First published onFantasy Faction Derek Landy’s new novel is just as exciting, just as break-neck and just as addictive as his wildly successful Skulduggery Pleasant series. I tore through those books because I loved the characters and in Demon Road, we have a brand
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The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene

The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene My rating: 5 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction The Hunter’s Kind is a clever and multi-layered book, which builds magnificently on Smiler’s Fair, the first in The Hollow Gods series. Levene made a name for herself as a new generation fantasy writer, pulling up old tropes
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