FableCroft books in review

Thank you to the kind reviewers who take the time to make comment on any FableCroft books!


Over at Marianne de Pierres’ blog, Joelene Pynnonen reviews Insert Title Here, noting it has: …consistently astounding world-building. Story after story explores unfamiliar realms – and story after story succeeds in making those realms blindingly convincing. As the title suggests, the possibilities in these stories are endless, and some of the worlds are so lovingly rendered that they would be more suited to a novel.

Katharine at VentureAdlaxre gives us another stellar review, saying of Insert Title Here that “every single story is heart-breaking or grim or absurdly strange and wonderful, and all are incredibly read-able.”


In a truly wonderful review at Goodreads, Catherine Heloise notes (among lots of other lovely things) that: the truly impressive thing about this anthology was that there really were no weak stories. Every story was compelling and fascinating in a different way; some were strict historical fiction, others had a touch of fantasy, fairy tale, myth, or even science fiction to them, and all were ordered with a keen eye to the stories that surrounded them. I’m not sure how best to describe this, but in my experience, at least, it’s rare to find an anthology which is put together in such a satisfying way.

Marlene at Reading Reality says of the book: The historical women in these stories kicked ass and took names. Sometimes literally, sometimes just figuratively. They are individually and collectively awesome, even if they are not all familiar.

Shelleyrae at Book’d Out said: “Cranky Ladies of History is an important collection of fiction that gives voice to an extraordinary selection of women from a broad range of backgrounds, eras and cultures. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.”

At Adventures of a Bookonaut, Sean was very complimentary about Cranky Ladies, saying the book is “a unique project in that it delivers entertainment while spotlighting 22 women of history that we should all know more about, even if it’s for the simple reason that their stories are different to those we are used to hearing.”

Katharine at VentureAdlaxre comprehensively considered the anthology, giving it five stars!


In a lovely review of Phantazein in Aurealis #79, Deanne Sheldon-Collins calls the book: Atmospheric and lyrical, confronting but readable, it proves that even something not meant to exist can be worthwhile.

Over at Welcome to my Library, Lisa had some lovely thoughts on Phantazein, including: beautifully told with richly woven worlds and characters I want to know more about. 

Elizabeth at Earl Grey Editing Service says of Phantazein: “The stories that make up the anthology had a nice mixture of cultures” and “…I’d definitely recommend it…”

Tsana Reads and Reviews declares: “there’s something here for all kinds of fairytalesque fantasy fans.”


Cybelle over at Heroines of Fantasy discussed Guardian, calling it: “an outstandingly engaging read and works well as a stand-alone novel” and noting that “the pacing of this novel is impressive, and the characters are wonderfully rich”.

Tsana at Tsana Reads and Reviews has lovely things to say about Guardian by Jo Anderton, including: I highly recommend it to fans of technological fantasy or just fantasy which differs from the mainstream. The worldbuilding is very original and one of the real strengths of the series. The magic is very structured; leading some to call the series science fiction. In that light, fans of slipstream and genre-bending fiction should find much to like here.

Alex Stephenson said wonderful things about Guardian in Aurealis #72.

Ventureadlaxre gives a fantastic first review of Guardian.


There’s a lovely review of Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts by Carol on Goodreads, which says: Tansy Rayner Roberts has a gift all her own that sets her apart from all other fantasy writers and …it is a story marvellously complete in itself. So do read and love the Mocklore Chronicles in any order you like, because that’s what I intend to do.

Carolyn Cushman thought Ink Black Magic was a “fun fantasy adventure…that brings to mind Terry Prachett’s Discworld” in the February 2014 edition of Locus. (no link)

Jim C Hines enjoys the humour and layered plot of Ink Black Magic.

Krista at Escape Club discovers comic fantasy when she reads Ink Black Magic.

Dirk Flinthart extensively reviews Ink Black Magic.

Tsana takes a look at Ink Black Magic at Tsana Reads and Reviews.


Kyla Lee Ward at Tabula Rasa gives an entertaining review of Dirk Flinthart’s Path of Night, noting: “Flinthart delivers a thoughtful and entertaining take on his material.”

Alan Baxter at 13 O’Clock enjoyed Path of Night.

Sue Bursztynski at The Great Raven thought Path of Night hit the mark.

Sean the Bookonaut enjoys Path of Night at Adventures of a Bookonaut.

Tsana is impressed with Path of Night at Tsana Reads and Reviews.

Jamie over at MDPWeb takes a good look at Path of Night.


Mieneke shares her love for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories at A Fantastical Librarian.

Michelle Goldsmith says such nice things about The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories at Vilutheril.

Upcoming4.me reviews The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories here, and Joanne also talks about the process of writing the works, on the site.

Tsana is blown away by The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories here.

Alan raves about The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories here.

Publishers Weekly review here.


Foz Meadows gives a very favourable review of One Small Step at A Dribble of Ink.

Karen Burnham extensively reviews One Small Step in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, saying “…There are many rewards inside for those approaching with a mind open to broadening…”

Mieneke says marvellous things about One Small Step at A Fantastical Librarian.

Lois Tilton comprehensively reviews One Small Step at Locus Online.

One Small Step is featured in the Kirkus Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Picks for May 2013!

Tsana gives top marks to One Small Step here.

Joelene writes marvellous things about One Small Step here.

Dave Versace calls One Small Step “Smart, heartfelt and a little bit otherworldly…”, among other things, on Goodreads.

Publishers Weekly review here.


Pete Aldin says very nice things about Epilogue here.

Satima at the Specusphere reviews Epilogue

Guy Salvidge reviews Epilogue at ASIF!

Maree Kimberley reviews Epilogue at Goodreads.

Katharine reviews Epilogue here.

More Goodreads reviews.


A comprehensive and wonderful review of To Spin a Darker Stair by Intellectus Speculativus.

Tsana is charmed by To Spin a Darker Stair at Tsana Reads & Reviews.

Sean is charming about To Spin a Darker Stair at Adventures of a Bookonaut.

Satima at the Specusphere reviews To Spin a Darker Stair.

Alexandra Pierce reviews To Spin a Darker Stair at Goodreads.

More reviews at Goodreads!


Lorraine Cormack reviews After the Rain at ASIF!

After the Rain is reviewed at Scary Minds.


Suzie at Suz’s Space reviews Australis Imaginarium.


WND reviews at the WND website.