Fantasy Archives

BOOK REVIEW: The Obernwytn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody (Review by Sarah McDuling)

It’s (almost) here! At long last, it has (nearly) arrived! All hail The Red Queen. Like so many others, I’ve been a fan of The Obernewtyn Chronicles since I was kid. I have read and re-read these books so many times, my copies have grown battered and torn and the characters have come to feel like old friends. But alas, all good things must come to an end! With The Red Queen, Isobell... Read more

by | October 30, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (review by Sarah McDuling)

When I first heard about Illuminae, it was described to me as “Battlestar Galatica meets 10 Things I Hate About You”. This obviously sounded like the best idea ever to me. I figured I was probably going to adore the hell out of it. And I was right! With a story that has been carefully constructed using a collection of emails, IM chats, descriptions of video footage, classified documents, diary ... Read more

by | October 21, 2015

Garth Nix talks to Booktopia TV about his new book, Newt’s Emerald

Australian bestselling author Garth Nix talks to us about his new book, Newt’s Emerald, an enchanting regency romance centred around an intrepid young lady, dashing young hero, French spies, a case of mistaken identity and an enchanted moustache. Yep, an enchanted moustache! Order your copy of Newt’s Emerald here and for a limited time receive a signed copy! Newt’s Emerald Gar... Read more

by | October 8, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix (review by Sarah McDuling

What do you get when you combine Regency Romance with Gaslamp Fantasy and toss in a healthy dose of light-hearted humour and rollicking adventure? You get Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, without doubt the most charming book I have read in AGES! Seriously. Why don’t more people write books like this? An intrepid young lady, a dashing young hero, a stolen emerald with magical powers, kidnappings, Fr... Read more

by | September 16, 2015

Have you won $500 worth of Euro Crime or the ENTIRE DISCWORLD SERIES?

To celebrate the release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, written by David Lagercrantz, and The Shepherd’s Crown, released after the passing of Terry Pratchett, we gave Booktopians the chance to win $500 of Euro Crime and THE ENTIRE DISCWORLD SERIES, worth $800! Here’s what you had to do to enter… All you had to do to enter was order The Girl in the Spider’s Web, b... Read more

by | August 31, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Review from Hayley Shephard)

Simply put, The Invasion of the Tearling was an awesome read. The book is one giant social commentary and while Erika Johansen’s world is dystopian, it doesn’t follow the standard model. It’s also a must-read novel for all the feminists out there. Following the standard dystopian model I truly believed the following: this world either exists on an uncharted island or this “better world” i... Read more

by | August 11, 2015

3 reasons why…JON SNOW IS ALIVE!

SPOILER ALERT: THIS ARTICLE ABOUT SPOILERS CONTAINS SPOILERS THAT MAY SPOIL POTENTIAL SPOILERS The final episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones marked the first time readers of the book and watchers on the wall of the television series achieving a level of parity, plot-wise. This means that all disciples of Westeros and beyond are waiting for one question to be answered. Is Jon Snow really dead... Read more

by | July 22, 2015