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Traditional Fantasy

Reviews of books traditionally from the Fantasy genre, not Romance, and some science fiction.

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The Flight of the Griffin
C.M. Gray
The Butcher Bird
S. D. Sykes

Thought I should copy this for the updated version

Dance of the Goblins (New expanded third edition) - Jaq D. Hawkins

This gem has been around for ten years, slowly gathering a cult following. It's unique, yet reminiscent of the kind of world building Fantasy that turned many of us into Fantasy geeks in the 60s and 70s. People who like authors like Tolkien, Weis and Hickman, Moorcock or Offutt will appreciate the journey into an alternate world.


It takes place in a city that those who recognize certain features will work out is a ruined London, several generations after a planetary pole shift decimated most of the population. A sort of medieval society has developed where there is almost no technology. The goblins live underground and have apparently been there for centuries, but now they've taken over the tunnels of the underground transport system.


The story has believable magic, unlikely alliances and a few dark elements. This is not the sort of lightweight fantasy that panders to Romance readers, but good old fashioned gritty Fantasy with adventures, treachery and creaturesthat just might eat you.