Grimdark Fantasy and Hope for the Numinous

At first I thought the current fashion of dark, gritty fantasy – fantasy noir – is just that, a recent shift in popularity, like the explosion of angsty teenage vampire stories. If we take the long view, it’s an established … Continue reading

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Women Heroes in The Seven-Petaled Shield

Novels begin in many different ways, drawing their “motive energy” or “visions of ultimate coolness” from varied sources. Which is a high-falutin’ way of saying that there is no one right way in which to begin a story. It can … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Remscela by Gregory Frost

Remscela The Sequel to Tain by Gregory Frost Cu Chulainn was only a teenaged boy when he defeated the combined armies of Queen Maeve. Now, with nothing to fight, Ulster’s warrior seems cursed–by a child he never knew he had; … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Tides of Darkness by Judith Tarr

Tides of Darkness Avaryan Resplendent 3 by Judith Tarr Prince Daros of Han-Gilen is an infamous rake and wastrel–and a hidden and completely untrained mage of enormous power. Caught breaking the strictest laws of the Mageguild and their magical Worldgates, … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Giant of Inishkerry by Sheila Gilluly

The Giant of Inishkerry The Books of the Painter 2 by Sheila Gilluly How do you go on when everything you love has been lost? Aengus might have become the Painter who would save his people, but that hope was … Continue reading

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