Priest of Bones by Peter McLean My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Good: Colourful characters, grimdark gangsters and good ‘guys’ (and girls!) with grit, and a page turner of a plot packing plenty of pace and punchy prose.The Bad: Several reviews have laboured the ‘this seems familiar’ point as a negative, but for me … Continue reading Review: Priest of Bones
Book Review: Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker. The Good: A return to one of the most relatable POVs in fantasy, development that breathes life into characters-plot-and-world alike, more twists and turns than a maze of mirrors, with a heart at its centre that beats with the life of a full fleshed-out fantasy favourite for … Continue reading Review: Blood of Assassins
Book Review: Snakewood by Adrian Selby The Good: A masterclass in character/narrative voice(s), kickass murderous mercenaries, a unique magic-system based on what is essentially magic-mushrooms and their effects, and a genre-bending/blending/breaking triumph of style. The Bad: Now, whilst this wasn’t a ‘bad read’ for me, the style and voice will be polarising. As a reader … Continue reading Review: Snakewood
Book Review: The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams The Good: A trinity of truly memorable PoV characters, an enemy host that isn’t just another orc variant, a fresh take on a ‘big bad’, and a plot that pulls the rug from beneath you when you think you’ve found your feet. The Bad: I. Have. Nothing. … Continue reading Review: The Ninth Rain
Picking up where we left off yesterday with Sarah Gailey, exploring the ‘production’ side of her novella RIVER OF TEETH, I wanted to put another spin on the ‘producing a fantasy novel’ topic, and have today invited Graham Austin-King to talk about his newest release FAITHLESS. FAITHLESS is Graham’s ‘second’ outing, following the success of his … Continue reading Production of a fantasy novel: Interview with Graham Austin-King
Way back when, earlier in the year, when I ran the ‘producing a modern fantasy debut in 2017’ it got me thinking about other books, and other authors; those that weren’t debuts, but also those that weren’t ‘book 2’ in a series, or weren’t a ‘household’ name on the shelf (e.g. GRrrrrrM, Abercrombie, Sanderson, Hobb … Continue reading Production of a fantasy (alternate-history) novella: Interview with Sarah Gailey
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.