Nightwise by R.S. Belcher

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Last year, I read and enjoyed R.S. Belcher’s first two books (The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana). So I was excited to see that he had a new book coming out. Nightwise is something of a departure from the previous works, although I see quite a few commonalities. This is a fairly dark book, and it mixes all sorts of mythologies and magical systems from around the world. We hear about the chakras and kabbalah. We meet Japanese mystical creatures. Various conspiracies involving the Templars and the Illuminati, as well as 9/11, are touched on. Historical figures and events…

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Interview with Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence declined to put up with me (wakarimasen) babbling rubbish to him in person. Instead, he opted to answer the bestfantasybooks.com questions in a written interview. This is that. But Mark is not aloof, oh no, he’s got so many damn good reasons for doing interviews on paper it would be insane for him to do anything else. We’ll get to all that though.  First off, let’s ask about other authors. @fantam, @ofer , @tomtb and others all want to know about your influences and tastes.  Is there any particular writer (fantasy or otherwise) who you would say has influenced…

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Review of Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

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Dinosaur Lords is the highly anticipated (by some) fantasy book touted as being a cross between Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park. Game of Thrones is great, Jurassic Park is great. So Dinosaur Lords must be doubly great, right? Wrong. It’s awful, and is possibly the worst book in the fantasy genre I’ve had the misfortune to read. Whether this is a reflection of my usual impeccable taste in choosing the next great fantasy book, or whether it’s a reflection of the fact that this book is a big pile of steaming dinosaur turd, is immaterial. The fact remains, I…

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Review and Competition: The Left Hand Way by Tom Doyle

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You would want to read the first book in the series (American Craftsmen) before moving on to The Left Hand Way (the plot picks up where the last one left off, and most of the major characters return).  But, if you enjoyed the first book, you will probably also enjoy this one. This is a very quick read; I was probably through it in 3 sessions.  There were multiple POV characters and I thought all of them were interesting.  The action is pretty much nonstop, which is what I was looking for when I picked this up. Although this is an…

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Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan

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Queen of Fire is Anthony Ryan’s concluding volume in the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. Overall, the author does a satisfactory job of wrapping up the story, without delivering a knock out punch in terms of his overall storytelling and conclusion. In terms of style, definitely think more Tower Lord than Blood Song with QoF employing the same multi character point of view via Vaelin, Queen Lyrna, Reva, Frentis, Alucius and Verniers. Those hoping for Vaelin al Sorna to be more prominent than what he was in Tower Lord, however, will be disappointed, although this should be tempered somewhat by the author…

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Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

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The last and final book in The Shattered Seas trilogy brings a somewhat familiar ending. We get the usual delight of grimdark from the Lord himself (did you know that his twitter handle @grimdark was a joke at the time of creation, but also a self-fulfulling prophecy) and an array of motley crew. Half a War brings together all the characters (that hadn’t died) and mashes them together. The story mostly centres around Father Yarvi and how he brings all his chess pieces together, which ones he can sacrifice and which are crucial for victory. As usual, you get the…

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Amazon PRIME DAY (Amazon Kindle for $49 Today Only)

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If you’ve been hankering to get your hands on a Kindle (so you can enjoy many of those sweet firesale Kindle book deals Amazon puts out every day), today is your day. Amazon if having a huge PRIME DAY sale where they basically have invented their own Black Friday, because like, they can do that sort of thing. There’s twice the number of deals as Black Friday and some real door stopper sales where you save 40-60 percent on some items. One of those items is the Amazon Kindle, which is going for $49 instead of $79 — that’s $30…

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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A book that is getting quite a bit of hype in the general populace. Tahir also just sold movie rights for over 7 figures! If it wasn’t for this fact and Danica’s audio review, I might not have gotten to it so soon. An Ember in the Ashes is dystopian fantasy, and while this isn’t a new genre, it has become more frequent. The Broken Empire and The Vagrant are two that immediately spring to mind. The story begins with a female POV called Laia (liar??? lay-a???) who is part of a race called the Scholars. The Scholars used to be…

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Win a copy of The Prince of Fools

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If you didn’t know, Mark Lawrence’s second book in The Red Queen’s War, The Liar’s Key is already out this month. If you didn’t know about the series or want to, well here is your chance. Simply fill out the form below and enter to win the first book in the series called The Prince of Fools. There are 5 copies to win, 2 for New Zealand and 3 for the rest of the world. Entries close Midnight (NZT) 17th of June, 2105. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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