It’s April: the days are getting longer, the nights are getting warmer, and the dragons are stirring. In a month’s time, an intrepid group of readers will spend a frenzied May celebrating the fantastic – so it’s time to start making our plans and drawing our maps. This week, we’re talking read-alongs!
We’re counting down to our annual fantasy love-in: 28 adventurers are planning to celebrate the fantastic with us so far, but the more the merrier – everyone is welcome! So what have I got for you this week? Details of our sign-up giveaway, plus Wyrd and Wonder banners and buttons to download. Step this way…
Okay, we’re a couple of months into the year and I start a new job tomorrow (eek), so it seems like a good time to take stock, break out an image editing tool, and see how my dance card is looking for Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi!
No, I’m not procrastinating about anything in particular, why do you ask?
There are never any strangers in the isolated moorland village of Near. Until now. A mysterious young man has been glimpsed in the moonlight. A child disappears each night. Is the stranger to blame, or does the moor harbour dark secrets?
Creeper wants to fly the skies in an air ship, but first she needs to earn a place on a crew. When she overhears conspirators plotting to unleash the Black God’s Drums, she might have found the leverage she needs… if she can save her city from the natural disaster about to overtake it.
I heard on the grapevine that it’s Fantasy February – so that seems like a good reason to crack on with my first batch of fantasy recommendations for Annemieke’s Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi reading challenge!
All is not well in Daevabad. Ghassan still rules with an iron fist and a cold heart, but the city is failing as tribal divisions run deeper than ever. And beyond its walls, the Ayaanle aren’t the only djinn who believe it’s time for Ghassan to be overthrown…
It’s that time: announcing the 2019 nominees for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards!
Cue: drum roll
At the end of 2017, C of The Middle Shelf proposed a new set of informal awards: nominated, debated and awarded by a group of bookworms. We embraced chaos as our guiding principle, and we had so much fun we’re back for more. Welcome to the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2019.
I told myself I wasn’t going to set any challenges for 2019 beyond a reading goal and my […]
The Saypuri overthrew their Continental masters, killed their gods and passed the Worldly Regulations outlawing any further mention of them. But belief in the Divine lingers. Divine power can still be channelled. And now a Saypuri scholar of that forbidden history has been murdered in the Continental capital. Are the Divine returning to Bulikov?
The Vanishers left the world in tatters. The waters are poisoned, disease is rampant, lives are balanced against value and need. The elders give Yên to a dragon as payment for a healing; but what value can a failed scholar have to an immortal spirit? What need can an unwanted peasant girl fulfil?
Kellen son of Ke is searching for the legendary Ebony Abbey, rumoured to possess a cure for the shadowblack. Separated even from Reichis, he finds himself caught between mistrustful monks and a Jan’Tep war party intent on wiping out the shadowblack once and for all. Can he unlock his curse and thwart his father’s ambitions?