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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 8: Forbidden Valley

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Tendrils of Darkness — Chapter 7: Descent into Darkness

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Dragonsong Review

by Ben

Dragonsong is is novel by indie author Michael Forester. Now straight up, this is not your standard fantasy novel, but rather a loose re-imagining of the broad Arthurian tale, specifically a tiny slice of it. While the Dragonsong does center directly on the story of Merlin (more specifically, the story of Merlin and his daughter), it’s not […]

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Spirits of the Plains Review by Daniel Matuzas

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Spirit of the Plains is a book by Indie author Daniel Matuzas, and the first book in what looks to be a series. It’s a YA fantasy seemingly inspired by Native American tribal plains culture — something you don’t normally see in traditional fantasy, which almost always borrows from Medieval Europe. The story follows the lives (and […]

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Book Review: Rising From Dust by Martine Carlsson

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Rising From Dust is first time fantasy novel by Martine Carlsson. While the novel is technically fantasy, it doubles down as an adult gay romance novel with strong M/M themes. Plot-wise, Rising From Dust follows your typical medieval fantasy tale: there’s a kingdom at war and two heroes — one a skilled swordsman, the other an academic […]

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Review of Mythborn Series by Vijay Lakshman

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Mythborn is the story about people forced to make bad choices to save the world from destruction. And it’s also about kung fu fantasy fighting – a lot of it. Mythborn is Vijay Lakshman’s first novel and an indie fantasy. This review covers the whole series out so far:  as of writing, the first two books: Mythborn: Rise […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Audible Savings: 26 Tips For Saving Money on Audiobooks

by Ben

Read this article to learn exactly how you can (legally) gain steep discounts on Audible audiobooks by working the Amazon ecosystem to maximize your free Audiobooks and gain the best Audible discounts. I’ve been listening to audiobooks for at least a decade and I’ve seen the format grow from a niche product to mainstream. I […]

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Review: The Alchemist’s Theorem by Margaret Chiavetta

by Ben

The Alchemist’s Theorem is the first book by indie author Margaret Chiavetta and one aimed at middle-grade readers. While I don’t normally read and review children’s / middle-grade fantasy books (out side of some of the older classics like Chronicles of Narnia and The Amber Spyglass), I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Margaret Chiavetta’s first […]

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Top 25 Best Fantasy Books of 2015

by Ben

And here we have it: at the end of another year. And what does that mean? It means yet another Best Fantasy Books Year in Review list, written by yours truly, Ben aka the lazy fantasy book critic who occasionally writes best lists. Now following last year’s format (when I somehow managed to cook up […]

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Review: Chronicles of Ara: Creation

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Chronicles of Ara: Creation, a new book by Joel Eisenberg & Stephen Hillard, and the first in the Chronicles of Ara series. Creation is an interesting take on the fantasy genre. It’s not your run-of-the-mill fantasy full of dragons, heros, gods, and humans. Or actually, it IS but with a twist. The twist comes from the […]

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Review of Mombie by Barry A. Burgess

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Mombie, a new indie novel by first timer Barry A. Burgess. During the reading of it, I had the feeling this would be a good, cute story to read to your kids and that the author had this specifically in mind while writing the story. And indeed, while the overall story is a bit rough […]

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Review: The Journals of Bob Drifter by M.L.S. Weech

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The Journals of Bob Drifter is the first work by indie author M.L.S. Weech. It’s the story of Bob Drifter, a part time Arizona substitute teacher and full time immortal Journeyman – a supernaturally gifted person who can transport near-death souls to the afterlife. Bob’s been a Journeyman for precisely 338 years and still struggling […]

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