Horus Rising by Dan Abnett

“It is the 31st millenium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emporer the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favorite son, Horus. Promoted…

An Interview with Beth Webb.

After reading Foxdown Wood by Beth Webb I decided to contact her and talk to her about her book. She is a fascinating woman who is an artist, writes books for both adults and young adults and works with an organisation called Books Beyond Words, helping teens and adults with learning difficulties. On your website you mention…

Foxdown Wood by Beth Webb

Beth Webb is an accomplished author of children’s and young adult’s stories. Foxdown Wood (1997) is one of her earlier books, aimed at a younger audience. It has narrative similarities to works such as the Narnia chronicles or The Bridge to Teribithia, but rather then being derivative is actually a refreshingly original take on the ‘other…

The Cold Moons by Aeron Clement

Aeron Clement is a Welsh author who is known for his only published book, The Cold Moons. Very little is known about Clement – many websites incorrectly call him an American author, and he is often mistakenly called a science fiction writer. He was born in Swansea and had been a director of a civil…

The Alchemaster’s Apprentice by Walter Moers

Walter Moers is a German writer and artist. In 1999 the first of the Zamonia series was published in Germany, The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear, and was translated into English in 2000 for the UK and 2005 for America. It was an international bestseller (though it has retained some obscurity in the US.) The Alchemaster’s…

Raven, Swordsmistress of Chaos by Richard Kirk

Interestingly, Richard Kirk was actually a pseudonym for two writers – Angus Wells and Robert Holdstock. Both these writers have an impressive bibliography; Wells having a rich background in fantasy and westerns, and Holdstock with an even more impressive background in Celtic, Nordic and mythic fiction. It is not known which elements of the book either…

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Most are familiar with Clive Barker’s 1987 splatter-punk film Hellraiser. Though he wrote and directed this film which spawned a successful movie franchise, not many are familiar with the novella it was based on. Barker is one of the more successful names within the gory sub-genre of splatter-punk, but this is possibly also due to the…

Seven Spells to Sunday by Andre Norton and Phyllis Miller

Seven Spells is a young adults novel aimed at pre-teens. It is about two children in foster care – Monnie and Bim – who lead unhappy lives, being passed around from home to home. They discover a mysterious letterbox with mail for them in the junkyard, and in the mail are magical trinkets. Each trinket comes with…

Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind

The Sword Of Truth series is one of the biggest fantasy franchises there is. The first entry in the series, Wizard’s First Rule, is the highest paid first book from a Fantasy author, and the series has sold over 26 Million copies worldwide in 13 languages. Debt Of Bones is a novella that explores one of…

Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Let’s start by adding that this is not the last book of the Earthsea cycle, it is book four of a six book series. It is also the first time I have swum in the waters of Le Guin’s masterpiece, and I was worried I would drown. My previous experience with Earthsea was the Studio Ghibli…