Fantasy Fiction

Lian Hearn lives in Australia and writes novels set in Japan. Earlier this year I read her first novel in this series, Emperor of the Eight Islands. Her second, called Lord of the Darkwood, completes the tale of Shikanoko. Unusually, I thought the second book was far better than the first in the series. I… Read More

Hope Ardern is the woman the world forgets. It started when she was 16 years old, a slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive her to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase her missing homework. A friend who… Read More

The Life of Elves, the third novel by French author Muriel Barbery, is an enchanting and captivating novel that reminds us of the power that language has to weave magic. Written seven years after her previous bestseller The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this book offers something completely different: a literary fairytale about the longstanding battle… Read More

I'm having a full Sanderson throwback month. Over the next 4 weeks I'm going to be looking at the three books in his first Mistborn trilogy, then reviewing the trilogy as a whole. Sit tight folks, it's going to be a long ride out on the Sanderson Avalanche. Brandon Sanderson must be one of the… Read More

The Emperor of the Eight Islands is a thoroughly engrossing tale that echoes the mediaeval warrior tales from Japan. The Darkwood looms large in the background and there are mythical beasts, dangerous spirits and magic everywhere. It is an entertaining and beautifully written tale that rushes along to a climax with no let up in… Read More

Joe Hill is a very clever man. Let’s start with that. Why is he clever? Well for one thing he’s published under the pseudonym Joe Hill instead of taking his birth name, Joseph King, a name given to him by his father, Stephen King. Yes, That Stephen King. This was a shrewd move by Joe… Read More

It is 4999: the year of Atania. Lasandria, an ancient and glorious civilisation, has just been destroyed in a horrific episode of destruction and violence. Ardonis, High Priest of Lasandria, brings the matter to the Council of Elders at the Court of Shanadon in the realm of the Guardians. The Elders, comprised of six men… Read More

Acclaimed historian Eleanor Herman begins her historical fantasy series, Blood of Gods and Royals, with the exciting novel, Legacy of Kings. This book is a vivid reimagining of the political and personal experiences of Alexander the Great, his family and peers. Destiny is sure to entwine the lives of the sixteen year old Prince Alexander… Read More

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