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6 Books Featuring Killer Blade Fights
Today we are joined by guest author Anna Kashina—whose latest book, Shadowblade, is out now from Angry Robot—as she discusses the skillful presentation...
Three Real Historical Dynastic Struggles Ripe for Fantasy Adaptation
Tasha Suri knows from adapting history into fantasy: her debut novel Empire of Sand—one of our favorite books of 2018—is inspired by the real world...
the kingdom of copper
From City to Kingdom: S.A. Chakraborty on Building the Magical World of the Daevabad Trilogy
S.A. Chakraborty wowed us in 2016 with her debut novel The City of Brass, a deeply imagined Middle Eastern fantasy with a feisty, fascinating protagonist,...
it's a hard job but...
Traveling the World to Build One: How Beth Cato Shaped the Alternate History of the Blood of Earth Trilogy
Today we turn the blog over to author Beth Cato, who tells us about the “hard work” (wink wink) that went into building the world of her...
Magic Always Seeps In
Author Catherine Faris King to talk about writing the magic of her new novel The Ninety-Ninth Bride, available now from Book Smugglers Publishing. I’ve...
fighting crime in a future time
5 Genre-Bending Science-Fictional Crime Novels
In celebration of the announcement of her next novel, the near-future crime thriller The Subjugate (more on that here), Aurealis Award-nominated author...
make it so
Jeannette Ng on Reclaiming the Classics for Today
The Just So stories of Rudyard Kipling as classics—unforgettable tales most of us encountered in childhood. But they are also products of there time,...
There’s More to Worldbuilding Than Making Magic, by Fonda Lee
In penning her first epic fantasy for adults, Fonda Lee built a fascinating magic system based on precious stones that grant those who obtain them magical...
Big in Japan:
United States of Japan
Author Peter Tieryas Reflects on Traveling East, Winning the Seiun, and What Comes Next
We were primed for Peter Tieryas United States of Japan from the moment we revealed the cover almost two years ago. The book didn’t disappoint, and...
Marshall Ryan Maresca on Living with a City Inside Your Head
In the last two years, Marshall Ryan Maresca has published six novels in three interconnected series, all set in the same fantasy city, Maradaine....
back to back to back...
Three’s a Charm: 12 Complete SFF Trilogies to Read All the Way Through
There’s an old saying among writers of fantasy and science fiction—you never forget your first completed trilogy. Well, maybe this isn’t an...
The Big Damn Heroes Who Inspired Gail Z. Martin to Create Her Own
Gail Z. Martin is the author of numerous fantasy novel—her latest, series-starter Scourge: A Darkhurst Novel, is available now—following...
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