Playing God

Playing God

Playing God Morton Benning Stone Table Books, 2017 With a wry humour reminiscent of Terry Pratchett, Morton Benning treats the reader to a quest fit for any lover of role-playing fantasy games. Playing God explores the fallacy of making yourself a god – something 'God Avatar' Jeff created the entire digital world of Utopia to [...]

Racing the Sun

Reading Racing the Sun by J.R. Koop was like taking a deep breath of fresh air. Set in a Southern Asian inspired fantasy kingdom and with a queer love story at the centre, this Young Adult work is bright against its heavily heteronormative, and predominately Western-based peers. After the soul is stolen out of her [...]

An Overambitious Debut: ‘The Ruin of Kings’

An Overambitious Debut: ‘The Ruin of Kings’

The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons The Ruin of Kings, the first title in author Jenn Lyons epic fantasy series 'A Chorus of Dragons', is structurally ambitious but fails to deliver on its own lofty aims. The story itself is standard fare for the fantasy genre, with dragons, magic and scheming nobles aplenty. The protagonist, [...]

Quest Time!

Quest Time!

For an hour, Improv Adelaide’s Quest Time! turned the Adelaide Room at the Duke of Brunswick into a mystical world filled with magic weapons and doppelganger monsters. Quest Time! is an improv comedy with fantasy roleplaying game (RPG) elements from games like Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). It’s a weird combination, but it brought an evening [...]

Wundersmith

Wundersmith

Wundersmith Jessica Townsend   Book of the year at the ABI Awards in 2018, Nevermoor’s sequel, Wundersmith was recently released by Lothian books. As well as being a fantastic whirlwind fantasy it also has the added appeal of supporting a Queensland writer. Hailed by some as the next (and Australian) J.K. Rowling (minus every questionable [...]