Category Archives: Fantasy

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1 – Friday Flash Review

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Bane of Kings and Shadowhawk take a look at the first issue of a new Iron Fist series, featuring one of Marvel’s most well-known street heroes.

A promising start to what is hopefully a long running series.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

“Not recommended.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

The Book of the Black Earth #1: Blood and Iron by Jon Sprunk – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, shares his thoughts on Jon Sprunk’s first novel since his debut series, The Shadow Saga, a sword and sorcery fantasy novel entitled Blood and Iron, that is the first in The Book of the Black Earth series, and is published by Pyr Books in the USA. 

“A fun sword and sorcery romp with an excellently developed world, Blood and Iron is a good read that fans of the genre will enjoy, with some excellent character development that will keep readers entertained even when this book might not be the most original on the market today.”  ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic – Review [Lord of the Night]

A simple cover, but one that will go nicely with the second book that completes the image.

Lord of the Night reviews the brutal and epic first novel in the Rage of Kings series, The Iron Wolves, by David Gemmell Legend Award nominated author Andy Remic.

“A high-octane dark fantasy adventure filled with broken heroes, sociopathic villains, hideous monsters and the horrors of dark magick. A must-read for any fans of brutal and uncompromising fantasy.” – Lord of the Night @ The Founding Fields

All Is Fair by Emma Newman – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk reviews the third and final novel in the Split Worlds trilogy.

“Another great read set in the Split Worlds which provides closure to many of the subplots that have run through the trilogy, and is as enjoyable a read as the previous two novels.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

The Rose and The Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

The Rose and the Thorn

Shadowhawk takes a look at the second novel in the Riyria Chronicles prequel series to Michael J. Sullivan’s bestselling Riyria Revelations series.

“A good, fast read but not quite as satisfying as its predecessor.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Gotrek and Felix: City of the Damned by David Guymer – Book Review [Bellarius]

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Finally getting around to looking into Warhammer Fantasy’s flagship series, Bellarius sees what David Guymer has to offer readers with City of the Damned.

“An adventurous tale of enjoyable combat which unfortunately does not realise its full potential.” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields

Greatcoats #1: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, shares his thoughts on Traitor’s Blade, the debut medieval fantasy novel from Sebastien de Castell. Published by Jo Fletcher Books – it was released this year and is the first part in the Greatcoats series.

“If this isn’t your most anticipated debut novel of 2014, then you’re doing it wrong. Traitor’s Blade may well end up going down as one of the strongest first fantasy novels of recent times – it’s an absolute stunner that you can’t afford to miss.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Hellboy: The First 20 Years by Mike Mignola – Advance Review [Bellarius]

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Bellarius sees what the celebration of Hellboy’s long history has to offer in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: The First 20 Years.

“An excellent celebration of the character’s history and adventures, but not for the reasons you would expect.” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, covers the debut epic fantasy novel by Brian Staveley, entitled The Emperor’s Blades, and published by Tor Books, it serves as the first installment in the Chronicle of the Unhwen Throne. 

“A very promising fantasy debut that impresses with a confident narrative, however it suffers from poorly written female characters and plenty of repetition and a tendency to over explain certain elements. Despite this though, The Emperor’s Blades for the most part, is actually an incredibly solid read.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Seers by Julianna Scott – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

The Seers

Shadowhawk reviews the sequel by Julianna Scott to last year’s YA debut novel The Holders, an urban fantasy with an Irish mythology twist.

“A good novel, but the ending is a bit rushed and doesn’t quite have the climax I was looking for. Still, it is a good follow-up to its predecessor, which I really enjoyed.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

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