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Third Black Iron Legacy novel by Gareth Hanrahan now on the way (book news).

September 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Third Black Iron Legacy novel by Gareth Hanrahan now on the way (book news).

Emily Byron at Orbit UK has acquired world rights for a third Black Iron Legacy novel by Gareth Hanrahan. The Gutter Prayer is the first volume of The Black Iron Legacy and was published by Orbit in the UK and US in January 2019. Cari is a drifter whose past and future are stranger than […]

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (book review).

April 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (book review).

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, who are acquired (stolen?) as children and subject to a form of mutation. They are fed toxins and undergo rituals. The survivors develop immunity to the toxins and gain certain abilities as a result. They are designed for a single purpose — the hunt and slaughter of monsters, magical […]

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The Outcast Blade (The Assassini book 2) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

February 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Outcast Blade (The Assassini book 2) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

‘The Outcast Blade’ is the second ‘act’ of ‘The Assassini’, an alt-historic fantasy focusing on the political and romantic intrigues of fifteenth-century Venice; it follows on from ‘The Fallen Blade’, which I didn’t really enjoy and is considerably more assured than its predecessor. The Venice of the time was Europe’s richest city, grown fat on […]

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The Minority Council by Kate Griffin (book review).

January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Minority Council by Kate Griffin (book review).

How well do you know the city you live in? Most of us have a good idea what our neighbourhood looks like and various routes to and from work, shops and meeting places with friends. Local newspapers might give a flavour of the rest of the city and the people who live there, but our […]

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The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin (book review).

January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin	(book review).

For too many readers these days, the term ‘Urban Fantasy’ conjures up visions of vampires rampaging around the dark streets of a city. They own nightclubs and are dangerously romantic. There may be the odd werewolf lurking in the shadows. Fortunately, most of these creatures inhabit American imaginations though there are some British escapees, such […]

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Hands Of Isis by Jo Graham (book review).

January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Hands Of Isis by Jo Graham (book review).

Charmian and Iras are half-sisters and handmaidens to Cleopatra, one of the most powerful women in the ancient world. Through Charmian’s eyes, we journey through Cleopatra’s life, from when she was a child right through to her death. This journey takes us throughout Ancient Egypt to the developing Roman Empire, meeting Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, […]

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Intrusion by Ken MacLeod (book review).

January 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Intrusion by Ken MacLeod (book review).

In the early history of SF, authors used the medium with various intentions. Many books could be regarded as wish fulfilment but SF lends itself to serious prediction, satire and dire warnings. In more modern SF, there is often an overlap. Writers look at modern trends and extrapolate. They may take us out to a […]

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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate: Book One) by Gail Carriger (book review).

December 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate: Book One) by Gail Carriger (book review).

‘Soulless’ is the first book in the ‘Alexia Tarabotti/Parasol Protectorate’ series of books, which currently stands at five books. Gail Carriger is also starting two new but related series in 2013, a young adult series called ‘The Finishing School’ and another adult series called ‘The Parasol Protectorate Abroad’. After having read this first book, I […]

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Taken (Alex Verus book 3) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

November 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Taken (Alex Verus book 3) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

Apprentice mages have been going missing and when the Council can’t find them, Alex Verus is called in to help. Almost immediately, he receives an anonymous note telling him to go to Fountain Reach, location of the prestigious White Stone Tournament, but surely it can’t be that simple? Encountering ancient beasts, dark mages and secretive […]

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Warlord (The Wolfblade Trilogy book three) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

October 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Warlord (The Wolfblade Trilogy book three) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

‘Warrior’, the second book in Jennifer Fallon’s ‘The Wolfblade Trilogy’, ended with the promise of an all-encompassing, hopelessly one-sided war. ‘Warlord’ makes good on that promise, more or less, but it’s less a thrilling conclusion to the series than a by-the-numbers checklist of plot threads that need tying off, one by one by one. There’s […]

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