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February 2024

Fathomfolk

Fathomfolk by Eliza Chan Orbit, £18.99, Hardback Reviewed by Melody Bowles Fathomfolk is an epic fantasy set in the partially underwater city of Tiankawi. A note at the front of the book says the makeup of the city is inspired by sprawling East Asian metropolises like Hong Kong and Ho… Read More »Fathomfolk

Saevus Corax

Saevus Corax Deals with the Dead, Saevus Corax Captures the Castle, Saevus Corax Gets Away With Murder by K. J. Parker Orbit, paperback, £9.99 Reviewed by Stephen Frame There’s been a battle. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are dead on a field/moor/steppe/wherever. Did you ever wonder who cleans up… Read More »Saevus Corax

Meet Eliza Chan

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 celebrate the release of Eliza Chan’s debut novel with her, celebrating all things Asian fantasy, and hearing how animation can be great inspiration for world-building as a writer.

Grievar’s Blood

GRIEVAR’S BLOOD by Alexander Darwin Orbit Books, pb, £9.99 Reviewed by Christine Downie Grievar’s Blood is the second novel of a trilogy by Alexander Darwin. I reviewed his debut novel, Combat Codes, for the BFS in Autumn 2023 and was keen to read the second instalment. We return to the… Read More »Grievar’s Blood

Disciples of Chaos

DISCIPLES OF CHAOS by M.K. Lobb. Titan Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Despite all that had happened, despite all the burdens of their pasts, Damian and Roz had found their way to each other. She always knows where to find him – his father’s grave. Strength had not… Read More »Disciples of Chaos

The Uncanny Gasronomic

The Uncanny Gastronomic – Strange Tales of the Edible Weird Edited by Zara-Louise Stubbs British Library, s/b, £9.99 Reviewed by Matthew Johns The latest in the series of British Library Tales of the Weird, this carefully curated collection of tales from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are all themed around… Read More »The Uncanny Gasronomic

A Sense of Adventure

The best thing about writing—and especially speculative fiction writing—is the places you can go, writes Carl Bayley, author of The Souls Series. He shares his tips for creating adventure with the BFS.

Empire of the Damned

Empire of the Damned by Jay Kristoff Harper Voyager, pb, £8.27 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming For over 30 years, the world has been cast in darkness when the sun set and shadow covered the land. The vampires, without the sun holding them back, unleashed their cruelty on humanity, enslaving most… Read More »Empire of the Damned