Warning: may contain spoilers for A Time of Dread! The Good: This is a John Gwynne book. NEED I SAY ANYTHING MORE? For those who haven’t read a Gwynne book, let me say this: this is epic fantasy as it was meant to be written – good vs evil, heroes and heathens, myths and monsters, … Continue reading Book Review: A Time of Blood by John Gwynne
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.
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
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
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