Free Giveaway of The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

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Due out tomorrow is Brian Staveley’s new novel The Providence of Fire. It’s the sequel to The Emperor’s Blades, an amazing epic fantasy novel in the tradition of Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great read! To celebrate the release of The Providence of Fire, Brian ... Read More »

On the Limits of Outlining – A Guest Post by Brian Staveley

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Brian Staveley made his debut last year with the wonderful epic fantasy novel The Emperor’s Blades, the first in a new series titled The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. The sequel, The Providence of Fire, comes out tomorrow. Here’s the blurb for The Providence of Fire: The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over. ... Read More »

Samantha Warren, Author of The Risen King

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On December 30th, indie author Samantha Warren released her most recent novel, The Risen King. The Risen King is the third and final book in the Risen King trilogy. The first book, The Iron Locket, is available as a free eBook. Why not download it and see if you like it? Here’s the short blurb for The Risen King: In an ... Read More »

Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is a very good example of a young adult dystopian work. Even though it is considered to be part of Lowry’s The Giver quartet, this novel can stand alone. Many who are fascinated with the dystopian genre, like myself, will find this book to be a fascinating introduction, but an introduction nevertheless. As a young ... Read More »

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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The name “Dracula” brings to mind darkness and evil to this day. He ignited the literary obsession with vampires and still inspires our imagination and remains to a fascinating subject in literature. Elizabeth Kostova’s novel The Historian is an extremely rich piece of historical fiction that traces the adventure of Paul, Elizabeth’s father, as he seeks to find both his missing ... Read More »

Guest Post by Sunstone Author Freya Robertson: Cycles

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Somebody asked me (jokingly, I think) on Twitter the other day whether I could sum up my new epic fantasy, Sunstone, in one word. I was, like, uh… no, not really. How can you condense 160,000 words into one? Epic? Or maybe… fantasy? He pressed me, though, so I trawled through a variety in my head. Adventure? Courage? Battle? Medieval? ... Read More »

Giveaway: Lockstep by Karl Schroeder

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Today, we’re thrilled to have a hardcover copy of Karl Schroeder’s Lockstep up for grabs, courtesy of the generous folks over at Tor. To win this hardcover copy of Lockstep, all you have to do is fill out the form below with your name and email address. Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only. ... Read More »

Film Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Marvel’s Cinematic Universe can do no wrong in its second phase, which has started after The Avengers and leads up to Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Iron Man 3’s plot twist annoyed fans, it was still the highest grossing film of last year. Thor 2: The Dark World didn’t perform as spectacularly as Iron Man 3, but still reached the box-office ... Read More »

Ten Fantasy and Science-Fiction Novels Worth Reading in April 2014

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Our second monthly list of Novels Worth Reading is again filled with ten wonderful new speculative novels. While April lacks the level of anticipation Sanderson’s Words of Radiance brought to March, it promises to be another amazing month for our genre. As with last month, this will be a very balanced list. Featuring five female and five male authors—including one ... Read More »

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

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Right in the middle of a Miyazaki movie binge, one of my friends announced an exciting factoid: the movie we had just finished watching was originally a book. Surprised by this revelation, I asked where I could find it, to which she said, “Right here.” Like magic, she produced a tattered book with the words “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne ... Read More »