Author Archives: Stephan van Velzen

Free Giveaway of The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley


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


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


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 »

Guest Post by Sunstone Author Freya Robertson: Cycles


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


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


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 »

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson


Possibly the most-hyped release of 2014, and certainly The Ranting Dragon’s most anticipated novel for the year, is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. And it sure lives up to the hype! This huge sequel to The Way of Kings and the second novel in The Stormlight Archive (of a planned ten) is the epitome of epic fantasy. Words of Radiance is ... Read More »

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


One of The Ranting Dragon’s missions is to provide you, our readers, with some help in picking your next book to read. This is a mission we’ve always taken very seriously, trying to deliver informative reviews of recently released books. In the past, we also provided you with monthly lists of book releases to watch out for. Unfortunately, we’ve neglected ... Read More »