Tag: Fantasy

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 I’ve put together this simple, minimalist character template for writing fantasy to help you start straight away with the basics. I find that I can get bogged down with

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Anticipated SFF Releases (2020)

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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Why I’m Excited for ‘Joker’ (And you should be too!)

‘Joker’ is coming out on October 4th and I’m ecstatic! Why? Reason 1: I want a good DC film. I don’t care who made it or whatever – what I mean is, I want a film based on a DC character to be good, for once. And I think this film might just be good

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The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE I was wrong in my review of The Dragon Reborn, book 3 in Robert Jordan‘s The Wheel of Time fantasy series– this is now my favourite entry in the series! And wholly because of Perrin’s arc. In The Shadow Rising, Rand’s life becomes EVEN more complicated, we learn

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May TBR – 2019

We are well into May now but there are still a few weeks left so here are the books I want to burn through for the rest of the month. I have just finished my final year of university so it’s time to sit back and relax for a bit, reading all the books I

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Quick, standalone Sci-fi & Fantasy Books to Read this Summer

Stand-alone fantasy books can be hard to find but if you don’t want to get trapped in a series but still love the fantasy genre, it can be difficult to pick anything up. SF has almost the opposite problem! Here is a short list of suggestions: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien I put The Hobbit

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson has to be the best final book of a fantasy series I have ever read. I will admit that it was a little irritating being given loads of clues as the reader but having to wait for ages while the characters worked it

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Top 5 Fantasy Series to Read this Summer

Summer is the perfect time to sit yourself down in the Sun and start reading a huge fantasy series. This list is in no particular order but they are great places to start in the fantasy genre as well as being relatively fast-paced reads. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson This trilogy is a great introduction

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 I have never been a fan of the Terry Pratchett-style, quirky fantasy, so reading anything by Neil Gaiman was never on my to-do list. However, I watched the first season of the American Gods TV show and was impressed, so I decided to read the book. I was pleasantly surprised

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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie: Book Review

Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 4/5 I almost didn’t finish this fantasy book. About 40 pages in to The Name of the Wind I was bored and didn’t want to read any more. However, I always give a book at least 100 pages to prove itself. Around 45 pages in, the story improved dramatically. Since finishing

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The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 The Tombs of Atuan is not the best fantasy sequel ever written. The first third of this book by Ursula K. Le Guin is slow and dull. Ged coming into the story makes it more interesting but that’s probably just because we know the character. The ending of The Tombs

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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Review

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My Review My Rating 4/5 A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin was a wonderful read. I love classic fantasy for the simplicity. It differs greatly to modern fantasy as it ‘tells’ much of the story rather than ‘showing’ it, but this is not a weakness of the novel. The world in A

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The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 The rating for the story of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis itself would be a 4, however there was just too much stuff (that many have gone into before me so I won’t write about it) that spoilt it. As a fantasy story, however, and ignoring all of

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The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 I really wasn’t expecting The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis to be good. I hardly remember reading this fantasy book when I was younger – I think it bored me – but it’s one of the best stories of Narnia. The Silver Chair is a proper adventure – a

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