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The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer was something fresh and different from much of the fantasy I have been reading lately. There were no swords, mercenaries, knights or many of the other standards currently so common in fantasy. But there was prevalent magic, mages, charms that could contain magic to be used by...

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Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review I have to confess I had a copy of Blood Song by Anthony Ryan for over a year before I finally got around to reading it. It is very much my type of book, so I had to wonder why. Really, I think the answer is simple. This book had received so much praise...

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The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

  This review was originally posted on Fantasy Faction I’ll start off by saying that I am a big fan of Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations. Most of the books I prefer are dark, gritty and have characters, that are at best, morally ambiguous. Riyria Revelations is not that. (Although a strong argument could be made against Royce’s moral compass, so perhaps he...

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The Red Knight by Miles Cameron

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the...

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The Horror in Modern Fantasy

This article was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review Some of you may already be aware of this, others may not, and most likely don’t care. But before becoming entrenched in the Fantasy genre, I read almost exclusively what is classified as Horror. To be honest, I have never been a fan of that title/name. I feel it sounds almost derogatory,...

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Poison by Sarah Pinborough

  Poison by Sarah Pinborough will take you for a wicked ride through fairy tales as you have never before imagined them. It is a fresh, and slightly naughty twist on the stories we all know and have grown up with. It has a comfortable familiarity as many different characters, tales and settings are twisted, bent, and woven back together with Pinborough’s...

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The City by Stella Gemmell

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review   Simply put, Stella Gemmell’s The City is awash in blood. The story lays out the gory ravages of a centuries old war to both citizens of the city, as well as all those that oppose it. This war has come to a point where there can be no winners. Each side has dehumanized...

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The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it. He wasn’t. He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans....

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Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review “Satan walks nowhere on this Earth, nor has he ever, save where he treads within the human heart.” The sum of this book is encompassed in that single line. But don’t let that stop you there. Black Feathers, Volume One of the Black Dawn Duology, is a dark, grim and haunting tale that gripped me from the...

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Something Red by Douglas Nicholas

  Something Red is not what I would consider a typical fantasy novel, but that is not a criticism. It is set in 13th century England and is both a coming of age tale and a haunting mystery. There are definitely fantasy elements and magicin it, but they are not revealed or understood initially. Part of what sets it apart...