Category Archives: Pyr

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


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

Empire In Black And Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk reviews the first novel in the Shadows of the Apt series from Tor Books.

“An extremely interesting original fantasy world with tons of conflict of all kinds and some really exciting characters. Only a few small missteps prevent it from being truly great.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

False Covenant by Ari Marmell – Book Review [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk reviews the second Widdershins Adventures fantasy novel by Ari Marmell, False Covenant, published by Pyr Books.

“Not as good as the first book but still quite decent, False Covenant is just as delightful in the end.~The Founding Fields

The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers – Book Review [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk reviews his first ever steampunk-fantasy read and comes away with an interest in reading more.

“Relatively fast paced with some really vivid world-building, this is a novel with a compelling complexity to it that just makes you want to go on reading and not stop.” ~The Founding Fields

Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell – Book Review [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk reviews the first Widdershins Adventures fantasy novel by Ari Marmell, Thief’s Covenant, published by Pyr Books.

“An engaging read that quickly pulls you in, Thief’s Covenant is a must-read novel for all fantasy readers.” ~The Founding Fields

Wolfsangel by MD Lachlan – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Bane of Kings reviews the novel Wolfsangel, written by MD Lachlan and published by Gollancz books in the UK and Pyr Books in the USA.

“A fantastic, original debut that will leave you wanting more. Lachlan is an author to look out for.~The Founding Fields

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Bane of Kings reviews the novel The Blade Itself, Joe Abercrombie’s debut novel, the first in The First Law Trilogy, published by Gollancz in the UK and Pyr in the US.

“A fantastic introduction to Abercrombie. The Blade Itself is an Unputdownable read – a brilliant first novel!” ~The Founding Fields

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder – Guest Review [sqyiggle]


Guest Reviewer sqyiggle reviews the novel The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder, published by Pyr.

Its Steampunk. Its a reimagined Victorian London, complete with ludicrous fogs, steampowered bicycles, airships, mutant monsters, time travel, and rudimentary genetic engineering. It is almost as if Hodder has taken the entire genre and shovelled it, belts and braces, into this novel.