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  • From the Mythopoeic Society website: The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2022 Mythopoeic Awards. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon 52, to be held July 29th through August 1st, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM. Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Katherine Addison, The Witness for the Dead (Tor, 2021) Ryka Aoki, Light…
  • The 2021 Nebula Awards were given last night (Saturday 21st May 2022). From the Nebulas Award site: Best Novel The Unbroken by C. L. Clark, published by Orbit US and Orbit UK  Winner: A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, published by Tordotcom and Orbit UK Machinehood by S.B. Divya, published by Saga Plague Birds by Jason Sanford, published by Apex A Desolation called Peace by Arkady Martine, published by Tor and Tor UK   Best…
  • This is not the first story we’ve had lately that takes a Fantasy setting and set a murder-mystery within it – see also Richard Swan’s The Justice of Kings (reviewed HERE.) However, that is where the similarities end. This one does have a Pride & Prejudice level of costumery and a complex set of social…
  • John F.D. Taff is a well-respected purveyor of horror fiction, his short stories have received numerous nominations over the past handful of decades. Tor Nightfire launched in 2021 as a horror-focused imprint of Tor books, a much welcome and – dare this reader say – needed imprint. Who better to curate what aims to be*…
  • Holly Black is a superstar/bestselling/award-winning writer of young adult fantasy novels, she’s something of a brand name. With Book of Night, Mrs. Black makes the leap into adult fiction, an urban fantasy about shadow magic and the criminal element that looks gain control of that world. Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t…
  • Kingfisher has been taking up space in my “must read list” for a few years thanks to her horror novels. Nettle & Bone is a slight veering from those horrific, uneasy tales, but there’s an undercurrent of dread nonetheless. Most princesses want to marry the prince, in this case, the princess wants to dispose of…
  • John Gwynne’s Norse-inspired epic, The Bloodsworn, continues in The Hunger of the Gods, the second installment of the saga (The Shadow of the Gods, book 1, reviewed here). Gwynne picks up the story shortly after the ending of the first installment, so this review will contain some mild spoilers. Set in a Norse-inspired world and…
  • Recent comments in the SFFWorld Forums coincidentally led to this omnibus tome arriving on my desk. I approached it with some caution, admittedly. Whilst aware of the dated nature of stories from a similar age – racism, sexism, gender bias, etc – what else is there to say on a book which has influenced so…
  • I last reviewed the first book in this series back in 2021. A History of What Comes Next told us of the covert actions of  the alien race known as the Kibsu. For thousands of years the Kibsu have been guiding the human race, with the ultimate aim being to go to the stars before…
  • Norse Mythology is one of the most fertile ground for fantasy stories and novels – gods, warriors, monsters, demi-humans, and grand scale events. John Gwynne plucks many elements from Norse myth (along with some of his own creations) for The Shadow of the Gods, the first installment of The Bloodsworn. You could call this a…