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Monday, December 18, 2017

FBC's Tenth Anniversary Celebration Day 2 + Guest Blog by Rachel Aaron (by Mihir Wanchoo)

As we go on to our second day of our decennial celebrations, we wanted to invite another of our favorites. She’s an author who in the last seven years has produced nearly double the number of books. I was a fan of her work since her debut and after reading and reviewing all of her fiction work. I can safely say I’m a fan for life.

Her most recent series is a crazy mix of urban fantasy, science fiction, dragons and more. Next year she will be releasing the last book in the Heartstrikers series as well a brand new novel in a celebrated franchise. So without further ado, let me extend a very warm welcome to Rachel Aaron, an incredible plotter, a fantastic writer and one of the smartest authors I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.

Like most authors, I've been a reader for a lot longer than I've been a writer. As a child, I always identified as someone who loved books and stories. Now, many decades and thirteen published novels later, that hasn't changed. I still think of myself as a reader first, because it is the reader in me that the writer must satisfy. When I sit down at my laptop to work on a novel, I am performing for an invisible audience of thousands, but that girl who grew up reading everything she could get her hands on is always right there in the front row. She's the one I can see, and so she's the one I'm always struggling to move. To entertain and delight and bring to the edge of her seat. My reader is my gauge, and it is her care and feeding that makes blogs like Fantasy Book Critic so important to me.

Writing without reading is the author equivalent of talking to hear yourself speak. The more I write, the more important my own reading becomes. It's how I keep my creativity fed and my ideas from becoming inbred, but with so many books coming out, it's harder than ever to find the stories that are truly worth my money and time. I first discovered Fantasy Book Critic when Mihir reviewed my first novel, The Spirit Thief, way back in 2010. At the time, Fantasy Book Critic was the biggest reviewer to ever mention my work, and I was absolutely delighted to be noticed. I read the review and shared it to everyone who'd listen. What I did not expect, though, was how I kept coming back to read other reviews.

It truly was the happiest of discoveries. In my delight at having my own novel recognized by people who knew what they were talking about, I'd stumbled upon a book review blog I came to love and trust not just as a writer, but as a reader, because that girl in me? She's insatiable, and I can't write fast enough to keep up. I am always searching for the next book to fall in love with, and over the last seven years, the thoughtful, in depth commentary of the reviewers at Fantasy Book Critic has given me just that. They've become one of my primary sources not just for finding new novels, but for pushing me out of my reading ruts.

FBC reviews have led me to authors and genres I never would have tried on my own. Not just the popular books or the ones with the big PR push, either, but books from all over. No matter how a good story comes into the market, whether through a big publisher or a small house or a single author publishing alone, I know I can trust Fantasy Book Critic to find it, and to bring it to me.

That might not sound like much, but it is that service, that dedication to finding good books worth reading wherever they lurk, that has made FBC part of my daily life. Even more than their incredible generosity in reviewing my own works, the fact that I can go to the blog and not just find something worth reading, but an in depth write up as to what makes that book so darn good is precious to me. It's a place I can go to roll in the shared love of genre stories--the good ones, the flawed ones, the ones that don't work at all--that made me want to be a writer in the first place. Their work serves the reader in me that is at the core of everything I do, and for that I will always be grateful, and I will always come back every week to see what's new to read.

Happy 10th anniversary, Fantasy Book Critic. I look forward to many, many more years of intelligent, balanced, and thoughtful reviews of the best books in genre fiction.


Official Author Website  
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "Nice Dragons Finish Last"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "One Good Dragon Deserves Another"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of  "A Dragon Of A Different Color"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "The Spirit Thief
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of “The Spirit Rebellion” 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of “The Spirit Eater” & “Spirit’s Oath” 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of “The Spirit War” 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "Spirit's End"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "Fortune's Pawn"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "Honor's Knight"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "Heaven's Queen"
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Interview with Rachel Aaron
Read Eli Monpress series completion interview with Rachel Aaron
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Interview with Rachel Bach
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Heartstrikers interview with Rachel Aaron
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Second Heartstrikers interview with Rachel Aaron
Read "Why A Nice Dragon" by Rachel Aaron (Guest post)

AUTHOR INFORMATION: Rachel Aaron lives in Athens, Georgia with her family. She has graduated from University of Georgia with a B.A. in English Literature. She has been an avid reader since her childhood and now has an ever-growing collection to show for it. She loves gaming, Manga comics & reality TV police shows. She also posts regularly on her blog about publishing, books and several other intriguing things.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fantasy Book Critic Tenth Anniversary Announcement + Guest Blog by Michael J. Sullivan (by Mihir Wanchoo)

When Fantasy Book Critic began over a decade ago it was a simple blog spearheaded by Robert Thompson who wanted to spread his passion for SFF books. From that momentous decision onwards, spawned a love for books that was further strengthened by Cindy Hannikman & Liviu Suciu as they joined Robert in making Fantasy Book Critic a known staple of the blogosphere. We were also fortunate to have several talented folks like Fabio Fernandes, David Craddock, Jacques Barcia, Sabine Gueneret, Casey Blair, Lydia Roberts, Will Byrnes, Mike E. Evans, C.T. Phipps etc who steeped in to contribute from time to time.

I (Mihir) was ecstatic to join the team in 2009 and since then have never looked back. Over the past decade, all of us have experienced several life changes both personally & professionally but we do our best to be part of the blog as much as we can. Currently Cindy & I are running the blog and we do our best to make sure that the content provided is to a standard that we are known for.

Since this was our decennial, we decided to invite several of our favorite authors to talk about their experiences as well as Fantasy Book Critic in general. So kicking it off from today we have one of our all-time favorites talking about his experiences and we will continue every day to post the rest of our favorites.

Plus in the end, we will be hosting a giveaway that showcases some of the best books that we encountered over the last decade. So please give a warm welcome to Michael J. Sullivan, self-publishing phenomenon, NYT bestselling author & an all-round gentleman.

My name is Michael J. Sullivan and I began writing a six book fantasy series in the quiet of my bedroom in 2002. Five years later in 2007, after every major, and most of the minor publishers had turned me down, a very small press in Minnesota agreed to publish it. My book was released in October 2008 to a grand chorus of crickets. No one cared. Few bothered to read it. I didn’t have a chance.

At the same time something new was happening on the Internet. People were starting to talk about things they were passionate about—things like books. Readers, anxious to tell the world about treasures they found used the Net to post their discoveries. Some like-minded enthusiasts joined forces and created review sites, telling others what they liked and, to a much lesser extent, what they didn’t. A lot of them were popping up. Something called Goodreads launched in January of 2007. Another one appeared in March of that same year called Fantasy Book Critic.

Desperate to get anyone with an audience to read my book, I sent inquiries to just about everyone. Like the publishers, most declined. They wanted to read books from the (at the time) big-six, New York publishers, not some hayseed press in Minnesota. The Kindle was just being released, and self-publishing as we now know it, was about to be born. For the most part, mine was an unwanted baby. Even the bloggers wanted no part of that demon-spawn. At the time, I wasn’t self-published, but I suppose I smelled of it.

Then, unexpectedly, on Thursday, November 27, 2008 Liviu C. Suciu, of Fantasy Book Critic, decided to review indie books (novels not produced by New York. ) He began his first Indie review as follows…

INTRODUCTION: Michael Sullivan’s debut novel, “The Crown Conspiracy”—the first in a planned six-volume epic fantasy series called The Riyria Revelations—has attracted a growing following since its recent publication by indie publisher, Aspirations Media Inc. After reading an excerpt on Mr. Sullivan's website, I decided to give the book a try and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun and page turning “The Crown Conspiracy” turned out to be

The review ended with:

Highly recommended and another positive surprise for 2008, I hope Mr. Sullivan enjoys the success he deserves and that we get to see all of the planned volumes in The Riyria Revelations.

This wasn’t the first public review of my work, but it was the one that changed everything. Based off of this post, other reviewers asked for review copies and I could see the series gaining momentum through word-of-mouth. Multiple reviews lent a degree of legitimacy. When I self-published my second book (Avempartha) in April 2009, Mr. Suciu gave it an even better review. It ended with:

In short, “Avempartha” is highly, highly recommended and a novel that raises Michael Sullivan’s The Riyria Revelations to “major league” status.

Soon, I discovered I had other fans at Fantasy Book Critic. Avempartha made Cindy Hannikman’s top books of 2009 as well as Liviu’s best of the year list. The trifecta was completed when The Crown Conspiracy made Mihir Wanchoo’s list for that year as well. When my debut series was picked up by the big-five (Orbit, the fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group), the people at Fantasy Book Critic were there with congratulations and warm wishes. To enumerate all the times they have either reviewed, interviewed, or just posted news about my books would take a long, long time, but suffice to say everyone there has been extremely supportive over the years. So it was little wonder that when I decided to debut the cover of Age of Myth (the first book in my latest series) on a fantasy site, FBC was the first place I thought to approach.

It has now been nine years since that first review. Currently I have sold over a 1,000,000 English language copies, been translated into 14 languages and have a graphic novel in production. Things really couldn’t be better. Today, fantasy has taken a turn to the grim and dark, abandoning the happily ever after because some people find such starry-eyed notions unrealistic. And yet, for me, I have exactly that. How could I not be ecstatic about living my dream and spending each day doing the thing I love the most? Apparently some people do get the storybook ending, and I owe a good deal of my success to Fantasy Book Critic.

Happy Birthday everyone, and thanks for taking the time to read an insignificant indie and for turning at least one person’s fantasy into a reality.


Official Michael Sullivan Website 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of Theft of Swords 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of Rise Of Empire 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of The Crown Conspiracy 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of Avempartha 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of Nyphron Rising 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of The Emerald Storm 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of Wintertide 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of Percepliquis 
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of The Viscount and the Witch
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Mini-Interview with Michael J. Sullivan
Read Fantasy Book Critic's Kickstarter Interview with Michael J. Sullivan
Read A Question Of Quels by Michael J. Sullivan (Guest Post)  
Read The Island Of Misfit Toys by Michael J. Sullivan (Guest Post)

AUTHOR INFORMATION: Around 2010-2011, Michael Sullivan has moved from a small press debut author who was featured in one of our first "Indie Spotlight Reviews" to a "name" in the fantasy field whose wonderful Riyria Revelations has been published by Orbit Books in three omnibuses starting with Theft of Swords, followed by Rise of Empire and concluded in Heir of Novron. He has also written a prequel series titled The Riyria Chronicles, which showcases how Royce and Hadrian became the fabulous duo that readers know and love. Currently he is writing The First Empire series.
Monday, December 11, 2017

The Lost Lore Anthology Cover Reveal + Interview with the editors & authors (by Mihir Wanchoo)

Today at Fantasy Book Critic, we have the wonderful opportunity to do the official cover reveal for the LOST LORE Anthology that features sixteen authors and several luminaries from the past and present editions of SPFBO (hopefully some future SPFBO contenders as well).

The creative minds behind this awesome collection were very kind to grant me the opportunity to reveal the magnificent cover for it featuring artwork by Andreas Zafeiratos & design/typography by Colleen Sheehan. Check it out in all its glory above.

OFFICIAL BLURB: Hidden pasts. Secrets untold. Legends half-remembered. Sixteen fantasy writers gather to bring sixteen tales to life, each one a unique glimpse into a wholly original world.

In Midgard, a humble priestess takes it upon herself to move Valhalla and earth to bring justice to lands unfairly ruled by men, gods, and giants.

On the Emerald Road, a dead Sage triggers a brutal trial beneath the forest floor. There, a young man must fight—and kill—both friends and enemies to become the next wielder of the fabled Emerald Blade.

And in the Yarnsworld, the Magpie King teaches two brothers a dangerous lesson about the power of stories. Sticks and stones may indeed break bones . . . but they cannot hurt the Bramble Man.

In worlds ravaged by flood, fire, and frost, mere mortals strive to make their own legends amidst demons and deities alike. And in lands racked with human strife—where evil endures and no one is ever safe—scarred heroes fight forces even darker than their own personal demons.

Why do they fight?

Some seek to better the world, or themselves. Others are out to right old wrongs. But whatever their goal - reward, redemption, or just respite - the truth will out eventually. For no story is ever truly lost so long as there exists one to tell it.

So there you have it, featuring sixteen different tales by sixteen exciting voices, readers will have the opportunity to be transported to several different realms and find out more. The anthology will be released on all platforms on January 15th 2018.

The line up consists of the following authors:
 - Alec Hutson
 - Ben Galley
 - Benedict Patrick
 - Bryce O' Connor
 - David Benem
 - Dyrk Ashton
 - Jeffrey Hall
 - J. P. Ashman
 - Laura M. Hughes
 - Michael R. Miller
-  Mike Shel
- Phil Tucker
- Steven Kelliher
- T. A. Miles
- Timandra Whitecastle
- T. L. Greylock
- With a foreword by Mark Lawrence

In addition to the official blurb and cover reveal, we are glad to have Taya (T. L. Greylock), Teri (T. A. Miles), & Benedict Patrick to answer a few questions about the anthology, its inception & more...

Q] Thank you for this opportunity and welcome to Fantasy Book Critic. Could you tell us about the inception of the Lost Lore anthology and how did you get involved for this project?

Benedict: Thanks, Mihir! How the anthology came about? The very boring answer is that this is the project that made the distance. There’s an ever-growing group of us who chat about writing/publishing/Netflix on a daily basis, and we are constantly suggesting stuff we can work together on. This is pretty much the first project (hopefully of many) that has managed to escape that bubbling pot of creation to make it out to the general public. We enjoy hanging out online together, we want to work together, and an anthology like this seemed like a good place to start.

Q] Can you tell us about the lineup of stories assembled in this anthology? How did you go about selecting the authors for the collection?

Taya: Selection took place via death matches. Okay, not really. Basically it sprouted from what was initially a group of SPFBO authors and grew to include a bunch of cool people we had met.

Q] As authors who had to make a switch to the editorial side for this anthology, how did you prep for it?

Teri: For me, preparation started months ago. At the time that I joined the group, I was not acquainted with many of the others and had not read any of their works. Our book designer, Colleen, is also my partner and several of them are her clients, so I had been exposed to various names and titles that way. When I volunteered to be on the management team for the anthology and to assist with editing, I decided I should become more familiar with the themes and styles of my fellow contributors.

So, I collected several of the Book 1s in their respective series and set about reading them. Regrettably, I have to admit that I didn't find the time to finish reading all of them, but what I did read helped me settle into the waters and recalibrate my brain from writer to reader and editor. By twist of fate, I had been asked around the same time to do a critique for someone outside of the group and I feel that all of the ahead studying and reading definitely helped me to transition.

Taya: I think we all brought different strengths to the organization and creation of this anthology, and right from the start we knew we could delegate areas of work that played to those strengths. Phil (Tucker), for instance, could work the cover angle, since we had agreed to use his regular artist. And Colleen, being our resident formatter/typesetter/book designer extraordinaire, would, of course, be tasked with that part of the project. Honestly, I’m not sure why I’m here....

Q] With two or more editors involved, I'm sure readers are curious as to how you all work together and so can you give us a glimpse of the process?

Taya: One of the most vital parts of the process was handing off the decision making on story order to Teri. The time, effort, and thought she put into creating that order far outweighs, I’m convinced, the work put into most traditionally published anthologies. Each story has been given a place for a reason; each story follows its predecessor for a reason. A reader might not make each and every connection, but I think there’s a subconscious flow to the collection that will resonate. And I think I speak for the rest of the team when I say that we were blown away upon seeing the work Teri did.

Benedict: Oh, geez, Teri’s dedication and passion for this project can’t be overstated. I was blown away by the work she did in pulling this all together.

Teri: I’ve never participated in the editorial aspect of an anthology before, so I was truthfully just winging it. Either way, I wanted to give it as much attention as I would one of my own publications.  Transitioning to editing mode did not turn off storyteller mode entirely, so I wound up approaching the story order as if it was actually one large story.  Though there is no shared plot and there are no related characters, it was my aim to create a beneath the surface sensation of each story handing off to the next.  With luck, readers will feel that there’s a flow to the stories and be carried from one to another seamlessly. (I also may have simply overthought the whole thing…)

Q] This question might be a bit difficult, but among this varied collection which ones are your favourite ones as a reader?

Taya: One that I found exceptionally entertaining was Laura’s I, Kane. It has a wonderfully luscious mix of humor and underlying terror. If you’ve read her novelette, Danse Macabre, you won’t be disappointed.

Benedict: Timandra’s Into the Woods was an eye opener for me. This is not a story you forget in a hurry, and pulls no punches.

Teri: I prefer to save choosing favorites for caffeinated beverages. Each one of the stories has left some imprint on my mind and has some detail about it that will forever remind me of the tale.  For me, as a reader, what really qualifies a story is whether or not I remember it with any detail which rekindles an emotional impression (of the characters especially). Something that I commented on to the group after reading all of the submissions was how distinctly each plot and each protagonist stood out from one another.

I think the odds are often high that if someone picks up sixteen stories by different authors, among them, they’ll find two or more protagonists or core plots that could serve as each other’s doppelgangers.  That was not so here, and I found that impressive, especially considering the amount of shared interests among the group.

Q] Conversely among all the stories, which was the story/s that surprised completely depending on the author’s previous work or pedigree?

Benedict: Not quite the answer you’re looking for, but I’m really excited to read Mike Shel and Jeffrey Hall’s stories. At the time of this interview, both of them are unpublished authors (if you discount Mike’s extensive career writing RPG adventures), and I think it speaks a lot for this group and this anthology that their work is included. Lost Lore represents work from a wide range of fantasy authors, including those for whom writing is their sole career, to writers who have yet to put anything out into the great, wide world.

Teri: Among all the stories, I think that I was the most surprised by Steven Kelliher's A Tree Called Sightless, simply for the fact that his prehistory takes the point of view of a much darker character than Valley of Embers' protagonist. There are quite a number of dark characters and situations among the stories in this anthology, but the nature of this character and his specific situation were not anticipated.  I think it will give valuable insight to readers of the Landkist Saga and tempt new readers to carry forward.

Q] Will this anthology be a one-time thing or is there a possibility for it becoming a series perhaps further exploring different aspects of this genre?

Benedict: Who knows? I think it is more likely to hear from us as a group, but doing something totally different, as opposed to a repetition or continuation of this project. Our hope is to have created a high quality, evergreen experience that will be discovered and enjoyed by readers for years to come. Most of the stories in Lost Lore tie in to our own story worlds, so if people are looking for continuation of the threads started here, diving into an individual author’s work is the best place to go.

Taya: We’ve got a great group of people to work with. I’d love to see us continue to create together in different capacities.

Q] So what can readers expect from this amazing collection and what should they be looking forward to according to you?

Taya: I think readers can expect a staggering variety of stories, in terms of both subject and style, that, as a whole, really excels at capturing this idea of lost lore. This anthology is basically a hit list of some of the best bits of history, legends, and backstories from our novels that you’re dying to get the truth about.

Teri: I like Taya’s answer. But, expanding on that gratuitously, I would say that readers can expect to find a sensible introduction to the various worlds each of us has cultivated in our own series. For those already touring any of these worlds in previously published works, I think readers will find a source for further insight that they can appreciate. Many of the stories contain their own Easter Eggs that should satisfy the familiar audience while intriguing newcomers.

Q] In closing, do you have any last thoughts or comments you’d like to share with our readers?

Taya: The anthology is free! And always will be. We’re really excited to share our worlds with new readers and give our fans new glimpses into the worlds they’ve already come to know. And there’s no better way to do that than to make Lost Lore free for everyone.


Friday, December 8, 2017

The SPFBO Finalist Announcement (by Mihir Wanchoo)

The 2017 SPFBO has been an absolute thrill ride for me personally. This year I’ve read so many great books in my lot that I wasn’t sure how many semifinalists I would be selecting. After reading through all of the FBC lot along with Cindy, we were able to narrow it down to seven semifinalists. Here are all of them:

- Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson

- Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley

- The Songweaver’s Vow by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

- The Woven Ring by M.D. Presley

- Where The Waters Turn Black by Benedict Patrick

- Night Of The Chalk by Samuel Gately

- The General’s Legacy: Inheritance by Adrian G. Hilder

Previously I had mentioned that we at Fantasy Book Critic were the group of death and here’s the some fun stats by M. D. Presley. Looking at books with more than 10 goodreads reviews and an average score of 4 or higher, the average number of books that met that criteria for each of the other nine blogs was six. FBC’s score was 12! The next closest one was Fantasy Faction with 8. Not that it means that the other blogs had it easy but this time around we truly had some wonderful competition.

Selecting a finalist from these accomplished titles is again a harder task as I enjoyed all of them and the main characteristics that I was looking for in selecting a finalist were:

- Plot

- Characters

- World building

- Personal enjoyment

Trying to quantify all of these points in all of these seven books was weird but I had to do it for selecting among these seven. So after looking through them, I tried to create a top three and even then I cheated a bit:

1] The Crimson Queen & The Woven Ring

2] The Songweaver’s Vow & Where The Waters Turn Black

3] Night Of the Chalk

As you can see, even while selecting three, I went ahead and selected five books as such was the caliber of all these titles. Coming to my main two titles, I have to interject how good The Crimson Queen & The Woven Ring are. Both books focus on different genres of fantasy but are written so well that if not for the presence of the other, the specific title would be my straightforward finalist.

With The Crimson Queen, it was a wonderful epic fantasy that had superb characterization, a blistering pace and a world that merges Asian & certain European influences which made for an enthralling read. The Woven Ring is absolute world-building gem that mixes two timelines while focusing on the same character and gives the reader an utterly absorbing read.

What was even more surprising that both of these books are debuts and to be this astoundingly good is nothing short of extraordinary.

This is the part wherein I dread being the judge because I’m forced to choose between two titles which I’ve loved. I look forward to both of their sequels and so you all can understand why it’s extremely, extremely hard for me to have to choose between these two.

I reread both titles again just to see if they hold up on the re-read and if I noticed any new drawbacks. No such luck as I enjoyed them as much as I did the first time around if not more. So again I want to reiterate how good both these titles are.

At this point, I had to start to nitpick between the two to be able to choose my finalist and it’s only by a hair's breadth that this title overcame the other. So without any further ado our 2017 SPFBO finalist is *drumroll*:



My commiserations to M. D. Presley as his book was really that much amazing and it was only by a hair's difference that Alec Hutson’s debut superseded The Woven Ring for the final spot. I feel that like last year’s Senlin Ascends, The Woven Ring will be a book that will leave a mark on the readers that give it a chance. It’s a mind mindbogglingly great debut and I hope more of you give M.D. Presley a shot as I will be reviewing the sequel soon which is out as well.

My congratulations to Alec Hutson and I look forward to see how The Crimson Queen fares with the other judges and among the other finalists.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Win a Copy of the Children's Fantasy Book Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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Fantasy Book Critic is excited to partner with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to host a giveaway. We have one prize pack to offer one lucky winner. The winner will receive a copy of Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, a branded Nevermoor lapel pin, and a branded Hotel Deucalion pen and notebook.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the first of a new series by Jessica Townsend. It has been on my 'to read' list. I am very excited to offer everyone a chance to win this novel! 

Rules for the giveaway are below. However, before we can get to the giveaway, I'd love to share more about Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and this wonderful debut author!

Learn more about Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow:

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart--an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests--or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

 Photo Credit: Lani Carter

Learn more about debut author Jessica Townsend:
Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, but has lived on and off in London for a few years. She was a copywriter for eight years, and in a previous role, was the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.


Giveaway Rules
1. This contest is open to the US.

2. Contest starts December 5, 2017 and ends December 12, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST. Entries after this time period will not be considered. 

3. Only one entry per person. 

4. To enter please send an email with the subject "NEVERMOOR" to Please include your name, email, and physical address you want the book sent to. 

5. One entry will be picked at random to win a copy. 

6. All entries will be deleted once a winner is picked and contacted.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Blog Update from Cindy

Hi Fellow Blog Readers,

I have been meaning to do a quick blog update, but I always forget.

You have probably noticed I have been a bit silent at Fantasy Book Critic. Unfortunately, an unforeseen and very lengthy family emergency came up. Without going into too many details, my dad has been in the hospital for 70+ days many of which were in the ICU. I didn't expect it to be as time consuming and emotionally draining as it turned out to be. While I did a lot of reading, I was unable to review at the time.

Things have slowed down a bit and I'm ready to get back to reviewing.

So, first I want to apologize if I agreed to review any book, run a guest blog, or do a contest for you. I will be slowly catching up over the next few weeks. It will take a little bit of time, but if I agreed to review anything for you or post a guest blog, I will get it up. Don't hesitate to message me at the blog email to remind me.

The second thing I want to do is thank you for being a loyal reader. Thanks for sticking it out. I have a lot of wonderful books I can't wait to share with you.

With that said, happy reading!
Thank you all so much

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