Tag Archives: heroic fantasy

George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords

Since the creation of the first three novels of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, inevitable comparisons have been made, a great deal between him and another revered author and pioneer of the fantasy epic: … Continue reading

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Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Vols. 1-5

Gardens of the Moon Deadhouse Gates Memories of Ice House of Chains Midnight Tides I’ve been listening to Richard Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen and I’ve been reading Midnight Tides, book five of Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s Working God’s Mischief

Working God’s Mischief is the fourth installment in Glen Cook’s Instrumentalities of the Night. It’s hard to know how to lead into this one, so I’m going to let Cook do it: Arnhand, Castauriga, and Navaya lost their kings. The … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s The Many Deaths of the Black Company (Water Sleeps, Soldiers Live)

If you stop think about it, it’s rather remarkable that a living writer of speculative fiction finds himself with reissues of seemingly all of his earlier works hitting the market while he’s working on new ones. I think it says … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s The Return of the Black Company (Bleak Seasons, She Is the Darkness)

The Return of the Black Company is the third installment of Tor’s reissue of The Annals of the Black Company, Glen Cook’s epic fantasy series. At this stage, the Black Company is at war with the Shadowlords, some of whom, … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s The Books of the South (Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, The Silver Spike)

Glen Cooks’ Annals of the Black Company ranks as one of the most significant (and most popular) fantasy series since Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. While I won’t go so far as to agree with Steven Erikson that Cook “singlehandedly … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company (The Black Company, Shadows Linger, The White Rose)

We all have our personal lists, individual counterparts to those periodic lists of “most important,” “best,” or whatever the accolade of the moment might be. I have a personal list of “best fantasy series” that includes some works that might … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s the Lord of The Rings

Naomi de Bruyn penned this review for Folk Tales, the predecessor to GMR. It all began with an innocent tale for the kids, something to keep them amused and allow Tolkien to stretch his imagination and storytelling skills with the now … Continue reading

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Robert E. Howard’s Kull: Exile of Atlantis

I’m sitting here somewhat red in the face at having to admit that, though a long-standing aficionado of heroic fantasy, I’ve never read anything by Robert E. Howard. It’s an appalling failure on my part, happily now rectified by the … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock’s Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné

Volume 1: The Stealer of Souls Volume 2: To Rescue Tanelorn Volume 3: The Sleeping Sorceress Volume 4: Duke Elric “Michael Moorcock.” Say that name three times at the dark of the moon and you will undoubtedly summon the spirit … Continue reading

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Various Artists’ The Saga of Solomon Kane and Roy Thomas, Ralph Macchio, et al’s The Chronicles of Solomon Kane

The heroes created by Robert E. Howard have gone through many manifestations, from magazine serials to story collections to film and comics. Comics seem to have provided particularly fertile ground — there are adaptations of Howard’s stories, stories developed from … Continue reading

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Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith’s The Chronicles of Conan, Vol. 1: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories; The Barry Windsor-Smith Archive: Conan, Volume 1

Once upon a time there was a young English illustrator who wanted to draw comics. He wanted to draw comics badly enough that he came to America with little more than the clothes on his back and a sheaf of … Continue reading

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Roy Thomas, et al., The Chronicles of Kull, Volume 1: A King Comes Riding and Other Stories

Before there was Conan, there was Kull! At least, so we were reminded on any number of covers of comics featuring stories about Robert E. Howard’s Kull, the spiritual forerunner of Conan. Kull was arguably the most important of Howard’s … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire

“Before the Instrumentalities of the Night, before the Black Company, there was the Dread Empire. . . .” So declares the jacket flap on this collection of Glen Cook’s short fiction, all set in the universe of Shinshan, Kavelin, Itaskia, … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s Second Dread Empire Trilogy

Reap the East Wind An Ill Fate Marshalling A Path to Coldness of Heart Somehow, and I’m not sure how it happened, I managed not to read Glen Cook’s second Dread Empire Trilogy back in the day. I did read … Continue reading

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Simon R. Green’s Once in A Blue Moon

At what appeared to be the end of the Forest Kingdom series, Prince Rupert and Princess Julia, also known as Hawk and Fisher, the only honest City Guards in the corrupt city of Haven, have saved the Forest Kingdom from … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s A Fortess in Shadow

The Fire in His Hands With Mercy Toward None A Fortress in Shadow is an omnibus edition collecting Glen Cook’s two “prequel” novels to The Dread Empire trilogies. (Yes, there are two of them, which we have discussed here and … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s A Path to Coldness of Heart

‘Copyright Glen Cook 2011 and used with the permission of Night Shade Books. Online use granted to Green Man Review, a publication of Kinrowan Limited, and any other use, online or in print, is prohibited without the express written permission … Continue reading

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