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Rereading Books is Incredible: My Second Read Through of Gardens of the Moon

I have been away from this site for a couple of months. There are reasons for that but none of them really matter – I was busy. The truth is, I think I was also struggling with the pressure I was putting on myself. If I put my mind to it, I can read pretty

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Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 Spoiler Free Memories of Ice Book Review “First in, Last out” – Motto of the Bridgeburners With a book this big, where so much happens, yet without revealing spoilers, it is difficult to know where to begin with this Memories of Ice book review. There are two main things I

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Dead Beat by Jim Butcher: Book Review

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Dead Beat Book Review My Rating: 5/5 Spoiler Free Dead Beat Book Review If it hadn’t been for the positive reviews for Dead Beat and the later books in Jim Butcher‘s The Dresden Files series, I probably wouldn’t have read another book in the series after Blood Rites. I am so glad that I did!

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Free Character Template for Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

It can be a little challenging, when coming up with characters for your new fantasy or science fiction book, to know where to begin. That’s why, at The Fantasy Review, I’ve put together this simple, minimalist free character template for writing fantasy and science fiction to help you start straight away with the basics. I

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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher: Book Review

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My Review My Rating: 3/5 Spoiler Free Blood Rites Book Review If I didn’t know that The Dresden Files only gets better from here, and that this is the last book that’s a bit meh, I would stop reading Jim Butcher‘s series right now. That isn’t to say that I hated everything about Blood Rites,

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The Joy of Creating a Fantasy World

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As with many who read fantasy books, I have always wanted to create my own secondary world. I’ve read books by J. R. R. Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Trudi Canavan, Ursula K. Le Guin… (the list goes on) and those books have shaped the periods of my life in which they dominated.

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Death Masks by Jim Butcher: Book Review

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My Review My Rating: 5/5 Spoiler Free Death Masks Book Review I am so glad that this series continues to be brilliant! Summer Knight shocked me with how good it was, but Death Masks shocked me by being both brilliant and different to the other entries in Jim Butcher‘s fantasy series. Harry Dresden has been

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Anticipated SFF Releases (2020)

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I try to keep the number of series I am reading to a minimum – not that it does much good! – and I also tend to read a lot of series that are already finished, because I love it when I can just read through to the end as soon as I like! Obviously

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The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 The Two Towers Book Review – Spoiler Free -possible spoilers for The Fellowship of the Ring- Two stories are written in parallel to one another, rather than chronologically, so this review for The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien will be done in two parts. The book begins (essentially)

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The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 The Fellowship of the Ring Book Review – Spoiler Free I have been slowly rereading The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien over the last few months and I’ve loved every moment of it. I read these fantasy books years ago, and I used to watch the

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Top Fantasy Books and Series I Want to Read (2020-2021)

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For such a long time, I had only read around 10 individual series or books in the fantasy genre. Only in 2018 and 2019 did I start to read new authors and branch out into other areas of fantasy. Over the past two years, I’ve had a few authors and series on my radar, and

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 4/5 Spoiler Free Eragon Book Review Eragon by Christopher Paolini was one of my favourite books growing up, and despite the obvious influences and clichés, it is still one of my favourite fantasy books. Eragon might be filled with clichés and tropes of the fantasy genre – harking back to J.

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Top Stephen King Books I Want to Read

A couple of years ago, I read my first Stephen King story, Elevation. It’s a short novella and I loved it. It was beautiful and the characters were delicately complex – I promised myself then that I would read more Stephen King. Well, it’s been two years and I’m yet to fulfil that promise! So,

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Summer Knight by Jim Butcher: Book Review

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My Review My Rating: 5/5 Summer Knight Book Review – Spoiler Free Summer Knight was a damn good book. It feels like this urban fantasy book series is beginning to shake off its roots and come into its own. There is a whole cast of characters in here; some we had already met, and others

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher: Book Review

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My Grave Peril Book Review My Rating: 3/5 Grave Peril Book Review – Spoiler Free Grave Peril felt like a step towards something bigger. I’ve been burning through these books in Jim Butcher‘s The Dresden Files quite quickly – 3 this week – but I do feel like I have to right now. If I

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