The Good: Everything. Seriously. *SPOILERS* The Bad: IT GAVE ME FEELINGS – I DO NOT LIKE FEELING FEELINGS. The Ugly Truth: THIS. IS. HOW. YOU. END. A. SERIES. (If I could somehow capitalise a full stop I would use it in this review.) Pulse-pounding drama and action to the heart-breaking end. 11/10, A++, all of … Continue reading Book Review: Bloodchild by Anna Stephens
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.
Godblind is set to be one of the biggest fantasy debuts of 2017. Petros reviewed it on Booknest, calling it GDAF ‘as grimdark as it gets’ and ‘may as well be the very first novel classified as such.’ And in my review, I said, that after reading it I felt like I’d gone ‘12 rounds … Continue reading Author interview: Anna Stephens, ‘Godblind’
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
To conclude this mini-series of posts on Anna Stephens' debut Godblind, as I do with every author featured here, I invited Anna to talk about any topic that she felt was relevant but more importantly, something that she was passionate about. For me, one of the most interesting aspects about Anna, as an author, is the … Continue reading Guest post: Anna Stephens on Learning to Write
2017 is THE YEAR of fantasy debuts. That’s not to say that other years have been any less impressive, but I have read 4 fantasy debuts (currently on a 5th – that being ‘The Court of Broken Knives’*) all to be released in 2017, that have blown me away. Honestly, these guys and gals are … Continue reading Writing interview: On writing ‘Godblind’ with Anna Stephens
Godblind by Anna Stephens My rating: 5 of 5 stars THE GOOD: Gods meddling in mortal affairs, royal court-conspiracies, brimming with betrayals, battles and bloodlust, told via a distinct and diverse range of PoV characters. THE BAD: The 2017 debuts are making me think this year – it’s tricky to pick anything ‘bad’ about them. … Continue reading Review: Godblind
What does it take to become a published author? Or, more specifically, what does it take to become a traditionally-published debut fantasy author in 2017? In a roundabout way, this is the big question I asked five traditionally-published, fantasy debut (in 2017) authors in a recent interview mini-series. More than a few things stood out for me … Continue reading What does it take to become a traditionally-published debut fantasy author in 2017?
The final day, that's right day 5, of this mini-series on producing a ‘2017 traditionally-published fantasy debut.' First off, high five to myself, as I managed to remember the tagline without checking back to correct it (though I typed that sentence first, and there was a nervous moment of checking just to make sure). Before I introduce the … Continue reading The production of a fantasy debut: Interview with Anna Stephens