To follow up my review of ‘The Court of Broken Knives,’ I invited Anna Smith Spark to answer some questions about the book and herself. The story, and its style, was refreshingly different, and a welcome change from the norm. Whilst I admitted to struggling with the voice at first, once I started listening to … Continue reading Author Interview: Anna Smith Spark, ‘The Court of Broken Knives’
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark My rating: 5 of 5 stars OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: ‘The Court of Broken Knives’ is the stunning debut to Anna Smith Spark’s ‘The Empires of Dust’ series. One of two Anna’s to be released in June 2017 (UK), by Harper Voyager, the story of ‘The Court of Broken … Continue reading Review: The Court of Broken Knives
What does bang-average shampoo, a ‘babby’, and a Swedish horse have in common? Derby, apparently. (Or, if you’re Sadir, ‘Daaaaar-by’.) This weekend I’ve been lucky enough to attend Edge-Lit, an annual science-fiction, fantasy and horror event, held in Derby. It was my first ‘convention’, having previously attended smaller get-togethers for author panels/book signings in bookshops. … Continue reading Edge-Lit & the David Gemmell Awards 2017
Wrapping-up the mini-series on RJ Barker and his phenomenal debut 'Age of Assassins', I invited RJ to talk about anything he wanted. This being RJ, the guest post could have been about antlers, or taxidermy, or his editor-cat. Now, not to spoil your fun, because those would've all been brilliant topics (and RJ if you're … Continue reading Guest post: RJ Barker on Everyday Inspiration
To follow up my review of ‘Age of Assassins’, I invited the author, RJ Barker to talk a little bit more about the book, and himself. To me, the story was one of the best kinds, in that you could see the little bits of the author shining through. In reading AoA, I felt as … Continue reading Author Interview: RJ Barker, ‘Age of Assassins’.
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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