A lot can happen in a year. Or half. And as I’ve been blogging (again) for somewhere between that, I thought I’d do a little recap/update. So firstly, before I look back, I want to take a look around at the present. Today marks the release day of RJ Barker’s phenomenal debut Age of Assassins. … Continue reading Update: What’s going on, and what’s coming up.
Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Good: Loveable first person POV, worldbuilding that weaves into the plot and the systems within the story, plenty of twists to keep you guessing, a grand reveal in the finale, and an intriguing combat style that in the hands of another would … Continue reading Review: Age of Assassins
Some fantastic talent on display here – and a good chance to test your mettle in a simple but skies-the-limit flash fiction contest!
Kimberly Kincaid’s artwork has been specially selected for this occasion in memory of her. Kim has been always very supportive of Mark and this site, she kindly helped judging our art contest last year and let me interview her during the same time. Her wonderful art inspired many and I consider myself lucky to have been able to call her a friend. The artwork was created into a banner for this contest by Pen Astridge.
This post is to announce a flash-fiction writing contest, where you can win a signed (and/or dedicated) book by the following authors: Mark Lawrence, John Gwynne, Sebastien de Castell, Miles Cameron, Nicholas Eames and Josiah Bancroft, with six titles being randomly allocated among the best three entries.
Submit your entry, which is no longer than 300 words (without title) and features the words ‘day’ and ‘night’, below.
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Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 5 of 5 stars Joe Abercrombie’s ‘Best Served Cold’ is a standalone novel set after his debut trilogy ‘The First Law’. ‘Best Served Cold’ is a story of redemption, revelry, and red-handed revenge.In ‘Best Served Cold’, Monza Murcatto is a woman in demand. But not just any … Continue reading Review: Best Served Cold
There’s a certain something about watching a debut fighter take to the ring. It could be that there’s an element of the unknown. The chance of something new and different. Maybe, because the fighters are out to prove themselves, they’ll go all in, give it their everything – blood, sweat, tears and then some. Or maybe … Continue reading David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Morningstar Award
David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Legend Award Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Arthur had his sword in the stone. The Legend award has its axe on the podium. Snaga the Sender. The Blades of no Return. The axe of Druss the Legend, himself. And the prize of the peoples’ champion, whomever they choose. Because Legends are … Continue reading David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Legend Award
Dragonship by J.P. Ashman My rating: 5 of 5 stars THE GOOD: Creative concept and one I have not seen before, executed with both style and grace – it could’ve been a shit storm of scales and soggy spit, but this firebreather of a short story came out roaring.THE BAD: Whilst I immediately recognised and … Continue reading Review: Dragonship
Nine Parts Bluster and Other Stories by A.Z. Anthony My rating: 4 of 5 stars THE GOOD: Excellent characterisation, strong and straight forward plotting, good turn of phrase and witty prose.THE BAD: I wanted more? Not in a ‘bad way’, more that I wanted to read more of the characters, and their stories, than I … Continue reading Review: Nine Parts Bluster and Other Stories
The saying goes: don’t judge a book by its cover. No… Put it down. Don’t make me get the hose! The Ravenheart award, one of three categories in the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, does just this. It invites you, anyone and everyone, to judge a selection of books by their covers and vote for … Continue reading David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Ravenheart Award
Blackwing by Ed McDonald My rating: 5 of 5 stars THE GOOD: Tattoos that turn into crows, child-sorcerers that’ll cut you in two (vertically, diagonally, horizontally, they’re not fussy like that), veritable doomsday weaponry, ancient beings that might be gods or demons or something a whole lot worse, matchlocks and magic…I could go on, really, … Continue reading Review: Blackwing by Ed McDonald