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January 2024

Age of Ash

Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham Orbit Books, pb, £18.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Kithamar has always stood. A centre of trade and wealth, it has developed over time from a fortress protecting the Hansch kingdom from the nomadic Inlisc or the start of an invading force of Hansch, depending… Read More »Age of Ash

Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla Minus One written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki Reviewed by Matthew Palmer             In the final days of WWII, kamikaze pilot Kōichi Shikishima abandons his mission, setting his plane down at the Oda Island navy outpost, claiming mechanical failure. That… Read More »Godzilla Minus One

And Break the Pretty Kings

And Break the Pretty Kings by Lena Jeong Magpie, pb, £9.19 Reviewed by Mikaela Silk Mirae had always known she would be Queen one day, had always known she would have to undergo the three trials and take over the sacred duty of protecting the kingdom with her ancestral magic.… Read More »And Break the Pretty Kings

The Bitter Crown

THE BITTER CROWN by Justin Lee Anderson. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Still coming to terms with the shocking truth, Aranok, Allandria and Nirea, among others, must race to save their people from not just the threat of the Blackening nor the demons that came so close… Read More »The Bitter Crown

Meet Tej Turner

Every Friday, we meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This week, we meet the ever-travelling writer of epic and urban fantasy, Tej Turner.

Mermaids never drown

MERMAIDS NEVER DROWN Tales To Dive For Edited By Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker Titan Books, pb, £7.99 Reviewed by Christine Downes The problem with story collections is that inevitably, there will be some you love and others that leave you cold, and this is certainly the case with… Read More »Mermaids never drown

Emily Wilde

EMILY WILDE’S MAP OF THE OTHERLANDS by Heather Fawcett. Orbit Books. h/b. £20. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Professor Emily Wilde, always a scholar first, is preoccupied with her latest project – to create a map of the faerie worlds she knows of and record their known entrances and secrets. It… Read More »Emily Wilde

8 Reindeer

THE EIGHT REINDEER OF THE APOCALYPSE By Tom Holt Orbit, pb, £9.19 Reviewed by Christine Downes The first thing I want to make clear is that I have never read a book by Tom Holt. This is my first venture into his work after a great many people have enthusiastically… Read More »8 Reindeer