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Review: The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth Saga #1) by G.A. Aiken

The Old King Is Dead With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it […]

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Discussion: Can gritty fantasy be….good?

Gritty Fantasy: A loose definition All right, what do I mean by “gritty?” I mean that weird blend of hyper-realistic violence and super detailed fantasy. Books where the humans of the world are already fighting one another in bloody and awful ways, but on top of that any scene with fantasy elements ends up looking […]

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Discussion: My Pros and Cons of High Fantasy

Introduction: Defining High Fantasy So before I dive into this, let’s begin with a quick and dirty definition of High Fantasy. HF is what we traditionally call to mind when thinking of the fantasy genre altogether. It usually involves an invented fantasy world populated by humans but also fantasy races. The traditional ones are elves, […]

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Discussion: Dragons, from fantasy monster to our favorite creature

All right buckle in book bees. We’re tackling dragons today! Dragons are pretty iconic, especially in the bookish community. A lot of fantasy readers get their start consuming the iconic Dragonology and then spiral through the most popular dragon books. A lot of us dream of having a dragon ourselves, or just getting to ride […]

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Review: Winter’s Fury (The Furyck Saga #1) by A.E. Rayne

Rayne’s world, a fantasy pseudo-Scandinavia, is introduced through the eyes of Jael Furyck. Jael, once princess of Brekka, is now living a miserable existence of protecting her vulnerable family from her conniving uncle, Lothar. When Lothar announces that he has agreed to marry Jael off to the drunken prince of Oss, Eadmund Skalleson, she is […]

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Discussion: Female Fantasy Authors

Hello book bees and welcome to another discussion post! For this post, I will be discussing the differences in reading fantasy books by male authors and fantasy books by female authors. To keep things simple, I will mostly be considering the divide in gender representation. I will discuss intersectionality in a later section, and may […]