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REVIEW: Black City by Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin’s Black City is a 2012 Russian thriller, translated by Andrew Bromfield in 2018 for Wiedenfeld & Nicholson. It sits towards the end of the Erast Fandorin series; these are, variously, detective stories,...

REVIEW: Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

Warriors of the Storm is the 9th entry in The Saxon Stories series that follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg and it is my favourite of the books so far. It has a brilliant opening and...

REVIEW: Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike

J. Zachary Pike’s Orconomics on the surface, looks like your typical fantasy story. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. The thing is five pages into the book; you know that you are entirely...

REVIEW: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son is the second book in Pierce Brown’s magnificent Red Rising series. In a rarity for a book series, it’s better than book 1, and seeing as how I gave Red Rising a...

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REVIEW: Stoker’s Wilde West by Steven Hopstaken & Melissa Prusi

I received an advance reading copy of Stoker’s Wilde West in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi, and Flame Tree Press. It was great to rejoin...

REVIEW: Fleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell

The second novel in the Embers of War series, Fleet of Knives continues in the same vein as its predecessor, where it skirts the edge of military science fiction and full blown space opera....

REVIEW: Song Of The Centurion by Steven A. McKay

Song Of The Centurion is the sequel to Steven A. McKay’s The Druid. McKay is a rising star on the indie historical fiction circuit and I was keen to read Song since I loved...

REVIEW: The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

The Pale Horseman is the excellent continuation of Uhtred of Bebbanburg’s story. Set between 876 – 878 AD, Uhtred is now in his early 20’s, having proven himself as a man and a warrior....

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 Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

Now forgive me for this but BERNARD CORNWELL WRITING UHTRED IS SO DAMN GOOD. I really can’t express how good The Pagan Lord is or do it any justice, but I’ll give it a go....