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An Interview with Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison is a New York Times best-selling author of The Hollows Series, The Madison Avery Series, The Peri Reed Chronicles, and two graphic novels that take place in The Hollows world. Kim Harrison sat down with...

REVIEW: American Demon by Kim Harrison

Sometimes the end of something is just the beginning of a new chapter. Things don’t have to end. Characters don’t have to stop because, with some, there is so much more story to tell—case...

REVIEW: The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Obsidian Tower in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Melissa Caruso and Orbit Books. “There are two kinds of magic. There is the kind...

5 Grimdark Books that Won’t Suspend Your Idea of Truth, Reality, or Science

Scientists are human beings too, and like all humans we want to add narratives to our data and experiments. Despite the temptation to influence, such desires must be resisted. Even if the human condition...

REVIEW: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Usually novels end with the villain being vanquished. Not so with Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. Known for the YA phenomenon Divergent in the early 2010s, this is her adult SFF debut, and it...

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...

Can Magic be Science by another name?

The fantasy of my reading youth all fell into the category we would now call ‘soft magic’. It had no rules and no structure beyond the occasional dusty tome or wizarding school. If someone...

REVIEW: The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron

The Dread Wyrm is my favourite of the Traitor Son Cycle so far. It is a phenomenal book with epic pacing and some scenes that I will never forget. If you like books inspired...

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: The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron

The Fell Sword is the second book in The Traitor Son Cycle, coming after the rip-roaring and dragon-slaying beginning in The Red Knight. We head back to the Red Knight and his company and...