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by Marc Turner
An epic fantasy story that begins The Chronicles of the Exile, there is a lot to like about Turner’s first book in this series.
The beginning requires some perseverance. We are introduced to Luker Essendar and his former associate Gill. What follows is a very long exposition as discussion between the two characters ostensibly to establish the current political situation across ‘The Lands of The Exile’. This feels somewhat unnecessary. Gill is the dispatcher, sending the unwilling L...
by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Thomas Olde Heuvelt won last years Hugo award for his novelette The Day the World Turned Upside Down. Reading Hex I can see why.
The idea is incredible — A woman named Katharine is killed as a witch in the 16th Century and then begins haunting the woods around the village of Black Spring where she lived and died. Eventually the army march the woods and find the vengeful spirit, restricting her powers by sewing up her eyes and mouth. All those present die. Centuries pass and the vill...
by Clifford Beal
The Guns of Ivrea is a seafaring fantasy adventure that immediately establishes its author, Clifford Beal as eminently knowledgeable in his chosen subject area and a strong storyteller to boot.
Our plot revolves around the fortunes of Nicolo Danamis, a pirate in the same vein as Sir Francis Drake, in that he is state sponsored in his actions.. He has achieved his position by being the son of a great pirating adventurer and when first meet him, the burden of this legacy weighs heavil...
by Randy Henderson
Phineas (Finn) Gramayare has an unusual occupation. He's a part-trained necromancer, returned to the mortal world after being exiled to the Fairy realm for 25 years for a crime he didn't commit. Finn has decided to use his connections to offer a match-making service for magical creatures as a side-business.
His time in the Fairy realm has made it's mark in a number of ways, not least with the fact he has a Fey Spirit called Alynon trapped in his head. Finn also feels like he's misse...
by Margaret Atwood
The Year of the Flood is the second novel in Margaret Atwood's post-apocalyptic series and follows the viewpoints of Toby and Ren, members of a religious cult. The book tells the story of some of the events leading up to the cataclysm mentioned in the previous novel Oryx and Crake and there is a good deal of crossover with Jimmy (Snowman) and Crake given some cameo roles. If you haven't read Oryx and Crake I would recommend reading that first — although it's not essential and the way Atwood s...
by Jadah McCoy
Artificial by Jadah McCoy is the authors debut and the first book in a planned series called The Kepler Chronicles. Set in 2256, the story unfolds on Earth’s first colony amongst the stars, the aforementioned Kepler.
As humanity traversed through the deep dark of space, they decided to entrust their well-being to artificial life they’d created to endure the vast loneliness of the journey, androids. Unfortunately, they didn’t take into consideration how their creations might feel abo...
by Tim Powers
Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers follows the story of siblings, Scott and Madeline, required to stay for a week in their aunt’s house by her recently amended will. Their cousins Claimayne and Ariel, who live in the house are less than pleased by this requirement.
The story has a creepy atmosphere, Scott and Madeline don’t know what is going to happen next or why they have been told to stay there, which keeps the reader guessing also. As the story unfolds it is hard to know who is aiming...
by Adrian Barnes
Like all the best novels, Nod develops from a simple premise. Imagine that the vast majority of people around the world suddenly stopped being able to sleep. No deep sleep, no cat-naps and no snoozing at all. It's only a matter of time before society collapses. How many times have we had a bad nights sleep and felt tired the following day, or even a series of poor nights (any parents will understand this).
The human body needs sleep, it needs to switch off from all the myraid sensua...
by Peter Newman
Fresh from the publication of The Vagrant and all worthy plaudits assigned to this, Peter Newman’s next book, set in the world of the Albion Online MMORPG is a very different affair.
We follow the trials and tribulations of Tia, her daughters and her crew as they first arrive in Albion, having had their ship, the Sturdy Girl shot out from under them by an unprovoked attack by Augustus Cornell, a retired military officer, leading another expedition to the new land.
As with ...
by Stephen Deas
Book six of the Memory of Flames series picks up right from the moment book five – Dragon Queen ends. This time we’re in the ruined aftermath of Zafir’s ride to destroy the city of Dhar Thosis and Baros Tsen T’Varr is contemplating the ruination of his plans.
This is not a book to read without the rest of the series as there are references to all sorts of things from across the . Once again, it has a swollen quality to it, but for different reasons. Deas is trying to pull together t...
by Peter Matthiessen
Every so often I like to lift my head above the science fiction and fantasy world and read something unconnected. Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen was the choice this time, a classic novel of discovery.
Matthiessen was a literary giant, the only writer to win the National Book Award for both fiction and non-fiction. Winning the 1979 Contemporary Thought Award and 1980 General Non-Fiction award for this very book along. He also won the 2008 Fiction Award and the 2010 William Dean Ho...
by Sara Jayne Townsend
Live roleplaying, ritual sacrifice and 14th century magic. There’s a lot of buttons being pushed right upfront in Sara Townsend’s very English hobby horror.
We begin amidst a woodland adventure with our main characters introduced in a blur between real (fictional) life and their fantasy characters questing through a forest in the dark. There’s a clear sense of Townsend writing from experience here as the mechanics are laid out carefully to set up the plot which will become the main ...
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