Review: Prince Of Thorns By Mark Lawrence


THE THORNS TAUGHT HIM A LESSON IN BLOOD

A PRECOCIOUS, VENGEFUL PRINCE INDULGES IN WANTON ATROCITIES IN PURSUIT OF REVENGE AND HIS AMBITION TO CLAIM THE THRONE.

 

Book CoverPrince Of Thorns
(The Broken Empire Trilogy, Book 1)

Mark Lawrence

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 12th April 2012 (First Published 2011)

ISBN-10: 0007423632
ISBN-13: 978-0007423637

 
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Survivor; royalty; bandit leader; petulant murderer; callous rapist; and quite possibly deranged. Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath is all these things and more, yet only fourteen years old. Though his immoral behaviour is impossible to justify, Jorg is, nonetheless, a damaged, vengeful personality whose motives go beyond a burning desire to exact a terrible revenge. He harbours ambitions to become king by the age of fifteen, and he might just pull it off. But is the path he walks one of his own choosing? Or is Jorg merely a puppet on someone else’s strings?

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Review: The Painted Man By Peter V. Brett


ENTER A WORLD WHERE DARKNESS BELONGS TO DEMONS

IS HUMANITY’S LAST HOPE FOR SURVIVAL ONE BOY GUIDED BY ANCIENT TALES OF TAKING THE FIGHT TO DEMONKIND?

 

Book CoverThe Painted Man
(The Demon Cycle, Book 1)

Peter V. Brett

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 560 Pages
Date: 31st January 2013 (First Published 2008)

ISBN-10: 0007492545
ISBN-13: 978-0007492541

 
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For three centuries humanity has lived in fear of the setting of the sun, for dusk marks the rising of the demons from the earth―to spend the hours of darkness slaughtering anyone and everyone they can find. The only protection against the ravenous hordes from The Core are magical, defensive wards to keep the demons at bay until the sun rises. For one young boy, a life of cowering inside warded habitations at night, hoping not to be torn to pieces, is no life at all. Inspired by ancient tales of a time when humanity successfully waged war against the demons, killing the seemingly unkillable with the long lost knowledge of offensive wards, Arlen Bales resolves to one day take the fight to the denizens of The Core, once again.

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Review: Sabriel By Garth Nix


SHE WALKS IN DEATH WITH SWORD AND BELLS

WITH UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO HER FATHER, SABRIEL MUST RETURN TO THE LAND OF HER BIRTH TO CONFRONT AN AWAKENED EVIL

 

Book CoverSabriel
(The Old Kingdom, Book 1)

Garth Nix

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 311 Pages
Date: 3rd June 2014 (First Published 1995)

ISBN-10: 0062315552
ISBN-13: 978-0062315557

 
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In stark contrast to all her peers at Wyverly College, Sabriel had a highly unusual upbringing―not least because she was born on the other side of The Wall, in The Old Kingdom, where Free Magic and Charter Magic are an everyday, accepted reality. As the daughter of the Abhorsen, a necromancer dedicated to protecting the world by ensuring the dead remain dead, her childhood was spent learning the legacy of her forebears: how to crossover into Death and use the tools of the “trade” to banish the dead, preventing them from returning to the world of the living to wreak havoc. But now Sabriel’s absence from the land of her birth is about to end. Her beloved father has gone missing as an ancient darkness awakens in The Old Kingdom. She must leave the safety of boarding school life in Ancelstierre and head back across The Wall in search of her father, for only she has the power to find and rescue him from Death before it’s too late.

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Review: The Gauntlet By Karen Chance


NOT WITHOUT HER DAUGHTER!

BEING BOTH WITCH AND MOTHER WILL DRIVE GILLIAN URSWICK ON TO SAVE THE LIFE OF HER CHILD, NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES.

 

Book CoverThe Gauntlet
(A Kit Marlow Short, Book 1)

Karen Chance

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 52 Pages
Date: 12th October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1458125934

 
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Few things in life can match the strength and power of the bond between a mother and her child. There are no lengths a mother will not go to, or no hardships and trials she will not endure to protect her offspring. It is a lesson the War Mages holding Gillian Urswick in brutal captivity, while systematically exterminating the covens of her sister witches throughout Europe, will learn to their cost. Gillian is a witch whose love for her daughter will not only drive her to survive her ordeal and break free of her captors in order to save the life of her child, it will also become the catalyst for a power greater than she has ever wielded being bestowed upon her, along with a duty and responsibility that may turn the tide against the War Mages of The Silver Circle.

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Review: Master Of Crows By Grace Draven


A ROMANCE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

EQUAL PARTS FANTASY AND ROMANCE THIS MUST READ TALE SKILLFULLY BLENDS EVERYTHING THAT’S GOOD ABOUT BOTH GENRES

 

Book CoverMaster Of Crows
(Master Of Crows, Book 1)

Grace Draven

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self-Published (Createspace)
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
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There has long been a stigma attached to self-published books. It is generally assumed that such works are of poor quality, and of lesser merit for lacking the validation of a publishing house behind them. In other words, a self-published author is a writer who wasn’t good enough to get an agent let alone a publishing contract. This attitude isn’t entirely unjustified. There is an abundance of material out there that isn’t fit to be published, and the advent of the ereader and the associated ebook marketplaces (most notably Amazon’s Kindle Store) has exacerbated the quantity of dreck available. However, the automatic assumption that self-published books are less worthwhile has started to shift. An increasing number of self-published gems are being unearthed by readers prepared to look, and among them is Master Of Crows.

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Indie Focus: Interview With Self-Published Author K.S. Villoso


YOUR FUTURE FAVOURITE FILIPINA FANTASY AUTHOR!

K.S. VILLOSO IS A FASCINATING WRITER ON A ONE WOMAN MISSION TO OUTDO BRANDON SANDERSON IN THE WORD COUNT STAKES

 

ImageI’m so pleased to have dragged another victim interviewee into The Interrogation Room here on Another World; I don’t get to do it nearly often enough. Today it’s the turn of a fellow participant in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off organised by Mark Lawrence.

Originally hailing from the Philippines, before emigrating to Canada in her teens, K.S. Villoso is an independent fantasy author who you may not be familiar with today, though that’s certain to change in the not too distant future.

It’s not often I find myself fascinated by someone (most people bore me, truth be told) but following Kay on social media over the last few weeks and months has given me a glimpse of a woman who intrigues me greatly. I feel very fortunate that Kay agreed to be interviewed as it has provided me with just a little more insight into a writer who is creative, passionate about her craft, and very funny. (Not to mention she is insanely prolific.)

Now all you lucky readers, please enjoy the interview. You, too, will learn more about Kay’s life and experiences, her writing and influences, her thoughts on self-publishing, why she loves fantasy, what drives her to keep writing, and her hopes for the future. I’m sure you’ll find her as intriguing as I do.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Exercise Of Vital Powers By Ian Gregoire


AN #SPFBO 2017 PLUCKY ALSO-RAN

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE SURPRISE PACKAGE ENTRY CLOSEST TO MY HEART…BECAUSE I WROTE IT

 

At this time of writing, close to half the original 300 entries for this year’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off have been eliminated from the competition. So far, one of the ten judges has already chosen a finalist from the 30 titles assigned to him, while eight of the other nine judges are currently whittling down there piles to a shortlist of semi-finalists from which they will chose their finalist.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On Faithless By Graham Austin-King


IS THIS THE EVENTUAL WINNER OF #SPFBO 2017?

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO A POTENTIAL WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S SPFBO COMPETITION

 

It’s been approximately two months since this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off commenced, and it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of the early favourites to win the contest. Faithless is (for the time being) a stand-alone novel by British indie author Graham Austin-King that has very recently made it on to my TBR list. If the early reaction to the novel is any indication I suspect it will end up on many more readers’ TBR lists in the coming weeks and months.

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