Guest Post: Julie Czerneda on Saying Goodbye [plus giveaway!]

Cover art by Matthew Stawicki

Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to have Julie Czerneda visit my blog as part of her tours for her latest releases. Today she is back with another one, but one that is a true milestone: the release of the final book in her Clan Chronicles. With To Guard Against The Dark, book three in the Reunification trilogy, she brings to an end a series that she started twenty years ago. I wondered how you say goodbye to characters you’ve lived with for so long. Julie wrote me the following beautiful post. Warning: tissues required! If you want to be in with a chance to win a hardcover of the book check the giveaway details at the end of the post.  Read More …

Guest post: Ben Peek on A Trope of Self Determination

Ben Peek’s The Godless blew me away. I really loved it. I never got to reading the second book in the Children trilogy, Leviathan’s Blood, because time and it is a bloody BIG book. However, once all our books have been unpacked after the house renovation, I intend to rectify that and roll on into the final book of the trilogy, The Eternal Kingdom. In the meantime, Ben was gracious enough to come back to the blog and write a piece about his favourite fantasy tropes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! The Eternal Kingdom is out from Macmillan tomorrow.  Read More …

Guest Post: Jen Williams – How Witches Taught Me to Write

Jen Williams is the author of the Copper Cat trilogy, which I absolutely loved to bits. So I was excited to learn that she had a new trilogy coming out called The Winnowing Fire, starting today with the publication of The Ninth Rain. I’ve already read it — look for a review tomorrow — and it is just as amazing as Williams’ previous novels. One thing all of Jen’s books have in common is the fact they all contain an abundance of fabulous women–from Wydrin,  Ephemeral, and Devinia in the Copper Cat books to Vintage and Noon in The Ninth Rain. I asked Jen about what influenced her writing of her heroines as she does and the following piece is her response. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and do check out The Ninth Rain available from all reputable booksellers as of today!

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Guest Review: Jack Campbell – Lost Fleet: Dauntless

jackcampbell-lostfleetdauntlessToday’s review is a guest review. Wiebe has caught the review bug and has started writing up some reviews for A Fantastical Librarian. For those of you not familiar with his name, Wiebe is my husband, who also loves SFF and watches a lot of anime. And he’s got opinions. So sometimes he just needs to write them out in a review, which I happily co-opt for the blog. Today he reviews Jack Campbell’s Dauntless, the fist in the Lost Fleet series.  Read More …

Guest Post – Julie Czerneda on What’s Next & Giveaway

The Gate to Futures Past cover for releaseLast year Julie Czerneda visited A Fantastical Librarian for an Author Query to celebrate the publication of This Gulf of Time and Stars. I can’t believe enough time has passed for the next instalment of the series to be published. But The Gate to Futures Past is here and Julie is back with a great post on what it means when you ask a writer “What’s next?” Additionally, DAW is letting me hold a giveaway for 2 sets of the two books, and they are holding a tour-wide giveaway for the entire 8-book series which you can enter through the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post.  Read More …

Guest Post: A.J. MacKenzie on Reykjavik

ajmackenzie-bodyonthedoorstepI always love a good historical crime novel and when I read the description for A.J. MacKenzie’s The Body on the Doorstep, I was immediately taken by the sleuthing duo of Reverend Hardcastle and his assistant Mrs Chaytor. The writing of historical fiction fascinates me, mostly because I can’t help but wonder about all the research that goes into it. I love hearing about authors’ research processes and how they decide what to include or not. Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel, the husband-and-wife team who write as A.J. MacKenzie, have a very specific method to decide that and kindly shared it with me in a guest post. Their codeword is Reykjavik.  Read More …

Guest Post: Ben Peek on Multiculturalism in Leviathan’s Blood

benpeek-leviathansbloodIn 2014 Ben Peek published his big fat fantasy novel The Godless. I really enjoyed the characters and world the story is set in. But the thing that drew my interest initially, and which made it of interest to a lot of people, was the fact that The Godless was peopled with a super diverse set of characters. The second book in the series, Leviathan’s Blood promised to be as diverse. So when I got to pick a topic for a guest post, I immediately jumped on the chance to have Ben talk about the multiculturalism in his book and how his fictional world mirrors his everyday world. Enjoy and remember to check out Leviathan’s Blood tomorrow when it is published.  Read More …

Guest Post: Gerrard Cowan on History in Fantasy

gerrardcowan-themachineryGerrard Cowan’s The Machinery is one of the books that disappeared down the black hole that was my blogging (and in some ways reading) hiatus. I had just started the book when everything stopped and once I got back to reading I found that in order to give the book its proper due I’d have to start reading it from the top. And I’m absolutely planning to do so, as what I did read really intrigued me. And with the release of the paperback edition of the book today, I have a solid reason to bump it up the reading list again. And to celebrate said release, Gerrard is once more visiting A Fantastical Librarian, this time with a post on how to create a fantastical history convincingly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And keep an eye out for my review of The Machinery at some point in the coming months!  Read More …

Guest Post: Brian Staveley – Hitler’s Sister

brianstaveley-thelastmortalbondBrian Staveley burst onto the SFF scene with his debut novel The Emperor’s Blades in 2014 and I loved it. But I was even more impressed with the sequel The Providence of Fire. As such, it is no surprise that I’m really looking forward to seeing how the story ends in The Last Mortal Bond. What fascinated me most about the series is the intricacy of the sibling bonds in The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne. The dynamics between Kaden, Adare, and Valyn are fascinating; there is so much love, anger, jealousy, and loyalty that complicates their relationships. I asked Brian about why the sibling bond can make for such a great narrative driver. You can find his answer below.  Read More …