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Using the Tarot in Creativity

With her forthcoming debut novel inspired by tarot cards, author Rachel Clarke reflects on how she used tarot cards in her worldbuilding and storytelling.

Pillar of Ash

PILLAR OF ASH by H.M. Long. Titan Books. p/b. £8.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Yske, daughter of the warrior priestess, Hessa, devotes her life to peace and healing. Under Aita, the Great Healer, she has learned much, though many do not agree with her pacifism, including her twin brother, Berin.… Read More »Pillar of Ash

Shadow Baron

SHADOW BARON by Davinia Evans. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Two months have passed since Siyon – now Sorcerer Velo – saved the prefect’s son and lost Izmirlian Hisrani. He dreams of one day seeing Izmirlian again, but his dreams become stranger, and now one of the… Read More »Shadow Baron

Meet Robin CM Duncan

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 investigate the world of SF detective stories with Glasgow-based Robin C.M. Duncan.

The grand illusion

THE GRAND ILLUSION by Syd Moore Magpie Books p/b £16.99 Reviewed by Nigel Robert Wilson This a delightfully constructed tale that puts flesh on a legend left over from the Second World War. A story was put about in occult circles that the planned Nazi invasion of Britain in the… Read More »The grand illusion

Darker by Four

Darker By Four by June CL Tan Hodderscape, HB, £20 Reviewed by Nadya Mercik Are you ready for mysteries and adventures, magic based on Chinese Yang-Yin philosophy and vampire-like Revenants that drink human Qi? Darker by Four by June CL Tun brings to you the Academy of Magic with all… Read More »Darker by Four

The Heart of Winter

The Heart of Winter by Shona Kinsella Flame Tree Press, PB, £12.95 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming When the weather fails and affects her village’s crops, Bridget is promised in marriage to Aengus, Lord of Summer, to change the village’s fortunes. But Bridget doesn’t consent to this, so she flees to… Read More »The Heart of Winter

Meet Anna Smith Spark

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, it’s time for the Queen of Grimdark to step into the spotlight.

The Last Phi Hunter

The Last Phi Hunter by Salinee Goldenberg Angry Robot, pb, £9.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming Ex, a phi hunter and solitary wanderer, needs to kill a legendary demon. This act will bring him prestige and respect, something that has been absent for most of his life. But his hunt is… Read More »The Last Phi Hunter

A Midwinter’s Tale

A Midwinter’s Tail by Lili Hayward Sphere, hardback, £14.99 Reviewed by Rima Devereaux Peppered with tales from Cornish folklore, this evocative novel is set on the tiny island of Morgelyn, a fictional part of the Isles of Scilly. The narrative follows Mina Kestle as she unravels the mystery of a… Read More »A Midwinter’s Tale