SPFBO X: The First Update
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by Łukasz
2d ago
The time has come to make choices. Not always comfortable, not always happy for all concerned, but such is the nature of this bloodbath competition.  FBC Judging Process Our judging process is straightforward. Each of the five judges is assigned (randomly) six books and can select one of them as a semi-finalist. We then evaluate each other's semi-finalists and assign ratings. The book that receives the highest score is chosen as the finalist.  Each judge determines their own approach to reading their set of six books. This year, I made sure to read a minimum of 25 ..read more
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Review: The God and the Gumiho by Sophie Kim
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by Caitlin G.
6d ago
  Official Author Website Buy The God and the Gumiho OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: Sophie Kim has a penchant for writing stories that feature mythology, monsters, mystery, and magic. Her work includes young adult novels such as the Talons Series and books on the adult spectrum such as The God and the Gumiho. FORMAT/INFO: The God and the Gumiho was published by Del Rey on June 4th, 2024. It is told in third person from Seokga and Hani's POV. It is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook format. OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Kim Hani's barista job in Korea has a lot of downsides, but the worst is her ..read more
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Book review: Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by Łukasz
2w ago
Book links: Amazon, Goodreads ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Harrison is the national bestselling author of Black Sheep, Such Sharp Teeth, Cackle, and The Return, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, as an Audible Original, and in her debut collection, Bad Dolls. She lives in western New York with her husband and their cat/overlord. Publisher: Berkley (September 19, 2023) Page count: 308 Formats: audiobook, ebook, hardback, paperback Genre: Ho ..read more
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Hell For Hire Interview with Rachel Aaron (interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by The Reader
2w ago
(Author picture courtesy of Oscar C. & Rachel Aaron) Official Rachel Aaron WebsiteOrder “Hell For Hire” over HERERead Fantasy Book Critic’s review of Hell For HireRead Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Last Stand Of Mary Good Crow Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of “The Battle Of Medicine Rocks:Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "Forever Fantasy Online"Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "FFO: Last Bastion"Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "FFO: The Once King"Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "Nic ..read more
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Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Ragnarök Prophecy trilogy by Matt Larkin
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by The Reader
2w ago
  Matt Larkin has revealed the new covers for his The Ragnarok Prophecy trilogy So check them out: Pre-order The Deluding Of Gylfi over HERE OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB: He was a god. He was a king. A necromancer, a shaman. A prophet … From out of the Mist he came, his name whispered in awe and dread, for Odin cast himself as a god of Man. But behind the illusion and the lies, Odin too was once a man, in an age of ice and an era of Mist. With his blood brother Loki by his side, Odin wanted only to protect his people from the soul-stealing Mist and its denizens. But when a vis ..read more
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Book review: Thrill Switch by Tim Hawken
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by Łukasz
1M ago
  Book links: Amazon, Goodreads ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tim Hawken is a literary hooligan from Western Australia who writes dark sci-fi and fantasy. He is a 2-times winner of the AHWA’s Flash Fiction Competition, has been shortlisted for an Australian Shadows Award twice, and likes to add a twist of wicked humour to his work. His debut Hellbound Trilogy was a cult hit, which garnered attention from Hollywood, including being pitched to Netflix by producers for a series adaptation. Tim has recently contributed to best-selling books such as Dear Santa, Dear Dad and Dear Mum, and released ..read more
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Guest Post & Cover Reveal: Fool's Promise by Angela Boord
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by The Reader
1M ago
  Official Author Website  As a reader, I love trying to figure out how a cover relates to the story before I check out the blurb, and John Anthony De Giovanni has an amazing ability to make art and title resonate. I sent John an early draft of Fool’s Promise—the draft with the original boring part 1, before I rewrote it roughly a million times—and gave him my usual vague thoughts about how probably Arsenault should be on the cover since Fool’s Promise is really his book, and I thought it would be good to show him holding the dagger he uses to make the “fool’s promise” that gives th ..read more
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Mushroom Blues by Adrian M. Gibson (reviewed by Matthew Higgins)
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by The Reader
1M ago
  Official Author WebsiteOrder Mushroom Blues over HERE   OFFICIAL AUTHOR INFO: Adrian M. Gibson is a Canadian author, podcaster and illustrator (as well as occasional tattoo artist). He was born in Ontario, Canada, but grew up in British Columbia. He studied English Literature and has worked in music journalism, restaurants, tattoo studios, clothing stores and a bevy of odd jobs. In 2021, he created the SFF Addicts podcast, which he co-hosts with fellow author M. J. Kuhn. The two host in-depth interviews with an array of science fiction and fantasy authors, as well a ..read more
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SPFBO X Introduction Post - meet the Fantasy Book Critic Team
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by Łukasz
1M ago
We're excited to announce we'll be participating in SPFBO for the tenth time. This year, we will have five judges on board and we're happy to welcome one new: Shazzie. Here is a brief introduction to all of us involved in the contest: Chels: Chelsea has been an avid reader since childhood. With a chaotic ability to read multiple books at the same time, her TBR is never ending. A lifelong lover of fantasy, she’s always looking for her next adventure. Favourite authors include D W Ross, Ryan Cahill, Fonda Lee and S A Chakraborty to name a few. Esmay: Esmay is a 22-year-o ..read more
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Review: Two Twisted Crowns by Rachel Gillig
Fantasy Book Critic Blog
by Caitlin G.
1M ago
  Official Author Website Buy Two Twisted Crowns Read a review of ONE DARK WINDOW OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: Rachel Gillig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Shepherd King series. If she is not ensconced in blankets dreaming up her next novel, Rachel is out walking in beautiful central California with her husband, son, and their dignified poodle, Wally. FORMAT/INFO: Two Twisted Crowns was published by Orbit Books on October 17th, 2023. It is 437 pages long and is told in third and first person from multiple POVs, including Ravyn, Elspeth, and Elm. It is available in ..read more
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