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James Tivendale

James reviews fantasy books, is a pretty good pool player and likes the musical Hamilton.

REVIEW: The Devil’s Blade by Mark Alder

I received a review copy of The Devil’s Blade in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Mark Alder and Gollancz for the opportunity. This is the first time that I...

14 Female Fantasy Author Recommendations

On the Fantasy-Faction – Fantasy Book Discussion Facebook page today a gentleman asked for recommendations on what people regarded as the best fantasy written by female authors. Since I started reading fantasy in 2012...

REVIEW: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

In The Last Kingdom, we follow Uhtred. son of Uhtred who is the Ealdorman of Beddanburg by birthright. In the first-person perspective, Uhtred tells us his tale and throughout The Last Kingdom, he presents...

REVIEW: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

I received a review copy of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Grady Hendrix and Quirk Books. I have had The...

REVIEW: Shadowheart by Tad Williams

At the beginning of Shadowheart, Princess Briony is with Prince Eneas of Syan’s Temple Dogs as she looks to return to take her rightful seat of power at Southmarch. Elsewhere, Prince Barrick is with...

REVIEW: Shadowrise by Tad Williams

Shadowrise smoothly picks up the action following the events that concluded Shadowplay. Princess Briony has revealed her true identity to the important players at the court in the Kingdom of Syan. Prince Barrick is...

REVIEW: Shadowplay by Tad Williams

In Shadowplay, Prince Barrick and Captain Ferras Vansen find themselves behind the Shadowline. The young prince has been assigned a task by the Qar noblewoman Yasammez, although he doesn’t yet understand what it is....

REVIEW: Shadowmarch by Tad Williams

Shadowmarch is a slow-burning fantasy epic with fine world-building, interesting characters, and large amounts of political intrigue. It is mostly the groundwork that is set here of what I don’t doubt will be a...

REVIEW: A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

I received a review copy of A Gathering of Ravens in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Scott Oden and Bantam Books for the opportunity. A Gathering of Ravens is the tale...

REVIEW: Until Summer Comes Around by Glenn Rolfe

I received an uncorrected proof copy of Until Summer Comes Around in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Glenn Rolfe and Flame Tree Press for the opportunity. I have been...