The Top Writing Competitions for Debut Authors

Getting published can be a tricky business- especially if you’re a first-time author. After all, JK Rowling was rejected by fifteen publishers before landing the book deal that would make her famous, and the same can be said for the thousands of undiscovered masterpieces waiting out there. How can you take the extra step and…

Review: See What I Have Done, by Sarah Schmidt

The trial of Lizzie Borden is one of the most infamous cases in American history. On 4th August 1894, Lizzie’s father, Andrew, and stepmother, Abby, were both found brutally murdered in their home, one hot summer morning. Both of them had sustained horrific injuries to their faces and body- injuries inflicted by an axe, and…

Review: Vindolanda, by Adrian Goldsworthy

I have to admit, I always thought Roman Britain was more of a topic aimed at boys than anything else. Romans? Check. Cool weapons? Check. All-out battle with the local Britons? Check, check, check. That said, I’m glad I picked up Vindolanda. Though I found it hard to get stuck into at first, its slowly-unfolding,…

Review: For the Winner, by Emily Hauser

Taking on the classics is a daunting prospect for any author. The Greeks, the Romans, heroes like Jason and Hercules…myths like Jason and the Argonauts. Who wants to take a go putting their own spin on that? Well, Emily Hauser does, and thank the gods for it! Not only does she create an original, fresh…

Review: Godblind, by Anna Stephens

This book is a rare beast: something that combines fantasy, horror, excellent characters and a plot to die for in one story. Apparently, it’s called grimdark fantasy. It’s excellent. Godblind is set in an alternate universe, where two kingdoms, Rilpor and Mirece, exist in an uneasy truce. Rilpor is peaceful and ordered, and Mirece is…