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.
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’
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’.