Thursday 13 June 2019

SPFBO 5 - Phase 1

Read about the rules on the call for authors page.

It's tradition that I make a Wordle out of all the titles:

Our average title appears to run along the lines of "Children of the Shadow Dragon" or "The Dead Raven's Blood-Sword".

& here's our name-based gender break down:
slightly more male than usual - 2017 was our femalest year. Initials are generally used more by women.

Reviews etc are linked from the books & listed here as they occur (most recent first):

Booknest find the final finalist!
Fantasy-Faction name the 9th finalist!
The Fantasy Hive name a queen bee - the 8th finalist!
The Hive has no honey for another semi-finalist.
Another semi-finalist stung by the Hive.
The Qwillery pick the 7th finalist!
Fantasy-Faction review and cut Nite Fire.
Lynn's Books pick the 6th finalist!
The Hive tell another title to buzz off.
River of Thieves reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Thoughts Stained With Ink announces the 5th finalist!
On the Hive Uncanny Collateral becomes collateral damage.
The Blade Within is reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Vortex Visions reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Lynn looks at a book with a very long title.
Never Die is reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Kitty G chooses her finalist!
From the Shadows of the Owl Queen's Court is reviewed on Lynn's Books.
The Rockstarlit Book Asylum choose the 3rd finalist!
The Rockstars review their remaining titles.
Kitty G chooses her last semi-finalist.
Thoughts Stained With Ink pick a 3rd & final semi-finalist.
More Kitty cuts.
Fantasy-Faction cut to their last three.
Thoughts Stained With Ink pick a 2nd semi-finalist.
Kitty G cuts some more titles.
Rockstarlit Book Asylum's final semi-finalist.
Thoughts Stained With Ink pick a semi-finalist.
Rockstarlit Book Asylum's 3rd semi-finalist.
Booknest choose their final semi-finalist.
Rockstarlit Book Asylum's 2nd semi-finalist.
Fantasy Hive pick their final semi-finalist.
Superstar Drifter choose the 2nd finalist!
Rockstarlit Book Asylum's first semi-finalist.
More feedback and cuts from Lynn's Books
Another semi-finalist and more eliminations on The Qwillery.
The Dark Sea Beyond is reviewed on Booknest.
The Rockstar Lit Book Asylum reap for a 4th time.
Booknest choose a fourth semi-finalist.
Shadow Hunter reviewed on Booknest.
Booknest pick a third semi-finalist.
Fantasy Hive pick a fifth semi-finalist.
Booknest review Spark City.
Booknest review A Child Of Great Promise.
Five more whittled away by Fantasy-Faction.
Superstar Drifter hold their final choppening.
Since Never is reviewed on Booknest.
Winter of Swords reviewed on Booknest.
Throne reviewed on Booknest.
Booknest choose another semi-finalist.
Fantasy Book Critic are the first to announce their finalist!
Booknest reviews The Golden Unseen.
Booknest reviews The Six And The Crystals of Ialana.
Booknest reviews Ghosts Of The Sea And Moon.
Booknest reviews The Thief And The Demon.
More books considered on Lynn's Books.
Booknest review Sir Edric and the Plague.
The Dragonslayer of Edgewhen is reviewed on Booknest.
Kitty G chooses a third semi-finalist.
Kitty G chooses another semi-finalist.
Another update from Thoughts Stained With Ink.
Fantasy Book Critic review two semi-finalists.
Fantasy Book Critic choose their final semi-finalist.
A fourth semi-finalist for Superstar Drifter.
Fantasy-Hive find another semi-finalist and axe more titles.
Kitty reviews and cuts three more books.
Kitty G video reviews The Sword of Kaigen.
Rockstar Lit Book Asylum reviews Kings of Ash and Bone.
Four more hived off, and a 3rd Hive semi-finalist found.
Five fall forever from Fantast-Faction.
Five more cut on the Rockstarlit Book Asylum.
The City of Locked Doors reviewed on Booknest.
Another one down on Thoughts Stained With Ink.
Kitty G's first video reviews of phase 1!
Five more titles looked at on Rockstar Lit Book Asylum.
A forty year old book is reviewed on Superstar Drifter.
Four more books get stung at the Fantasy Hive - 2nd semi-finalist named.
Booknest choose their first semi-finalist (also new reviews linked).
Another one bites the dust on Thoughts Stained With Ink
The Qwillery review a semi-finalist.
Fantasy-Faction factor five fatally.
Five titles cut on the Rockstarlit Book Asylum.
The Qwillery choose a second semi-finalist.
Thoughts Stained With Ink taste tests three more.
The Qwillery cut five titles and name a semi-finalist.
Another two face the axe on Thoughts Stained With Ink.
Lynn's Books reviews The Lore of Prometheus.
Small Worlds is reviewed on Booknest.
On the Rockstarlit Book Asylum Timy talks about 5 DNFs.
Superstar Drifter reviews Theft of Sapphire.
Feedback on the first 6 of Lynn's Books' books.
Fantasy Book Critic review The Fox And The Hunter.
Esme chooses a semi-finalist on Superstar Drifter!
Rose in the Dark is reviewed on Superstar Drifter.
Kitty G introduces all her books.
Fantasy Book Critic announce the first semi-finalist of the year!
Booknest review The Raven Master's Revenger.
The Crumbling Kingdom is reviewed on Superstar Drifter.
Booknest review Children of the Dead City.
The Brightest Light is reviewed on Superstar Drifter.

290 entries cut so far!

red = cut
dark green = semi-finalist (also marked with a +)
bright green = finalist

T.M Rain - Full Dive
Sakina Murdock - A Bagful of Dragon
Nicholas Hoy - Guardian Blood
Gareth Lewis - Song of Thunder
Alicia Wanstall-Burke - Blood of Heirs +
Luke Tarzian - Vultures
Ashley Capes - The Fairy Wren
Cynthia L Schneider - Nite Fire +
Thomas Fleet - The War of the First Day
Aiki Flinthart - Iron
J.F Rodgers - Astray
Melissa A Joy - Keys of the Origin
Joyce Reynolds-Ward - Klone's Stronghold
Robin Stephen - Brinlin Isle
A.C Cobble - Quill
Keith Blenman - Necromantica
Lauren L Garcia - Catalyst Moon
John Walters - Caliban's Children
Sybrina Durant - Journey to Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale
Marc Vun Kannon - Ghost Killer
Richard Writhen - The Angel of the Grave
Anna Sikorska - More Than Bad Intentions
Joan Marie Verba - Sword of Queens
Jaime Mauchline - Guns of Liberty +
Katie Baker - The Keeper and the Compass
Kat Cotton - Demon Child
Watson Davis - The Lich's Heart
G.J Reilly - Inquisitor
Abigail McKee & Lorri Moulton - The Magic of Burrows Bay
Perry Morris - Children of the Blessing

Fantasy Book Critic
Ben Meeks - Petrified
Andrew Butcher - Fear the Wolf
John Bierce - Into the Labyrinth
Christian Corbitt - Exhumations
Casey White - Silvertongue
Phil Williams - The City Screams
Linn Tesli - The Fox and the Hunter +
A.C Spahn - Enchantress Undercover
E.M Markoff - The Deadbringer
Geetha Krishnan - Ayana +
William C Tracy - Journey to the Top of the Nether
Randall McNally - Shadowless +
Shanna Bosarge - Devian
Levi Jacobs - Beggar's Rebellion +
J.A Andrews - Pursuit of Shadows +
K.B Benson - The Harvest
Kelly Marsden - The Shadow Rises
H.G Chambers - Windwalker
G.S Scott - Cleansed
Allison Pang - Magpie's Song +
Andrew Hall - Children of Shadows
L.K Evans - Grayden
Nancy E Dunne - Wanderer
Justin Bloch - The Stolen Karma of Nathaniel Valentine
Carol Ann King - A Keeper's Destiny
Jon Ray - Gorp: Goblin Janitor
Andrew Hiller - A Halo of Mushrooms
Eldon Thompson - The Ukinhan Wilds
D.K Holmberg - The Dark Ability
Hailey Griffiths - Starheart

Lynn's Books
Jeff Pryor - Strings of Chance
Graham Austin-King - The Lore of Prometheus +
Travis M Riddle - The Narrows
Chris O'Mara - Healer's Ruin
Liam Perrin - Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of the Less Valued Knights
Clayton Snyder - River of Thieves +
Daniel Olesen - The Prince of Cats
Elise Kova - Vortex Visions
Rob J Hayes - Never Die +
Grace Bridges - Rotovegas
Phil Dickens - Orphans of the Dead
S.C Flynn - Children of the Different
John A Pretorius - Living in Times of Dragons
Angela J Ford - Realm of Beasts
Mike Morris - Cry Havoc
S.A Klopfenstein - The Shadow Watch
Aaron Hodges - Daughter of Fate
Jordan C Robinson - Ghost
R.M Garino - The Gates of Golorath
Benedict Patrick - From the Shadows of the Owl Queen's Court +
Randy Nargi - The Owl & the Dragon
E.M Neftelberg - The Young Practitioner
Jackson Lear - The Blade Within +
Diane Lynn McGyver - Shadows in the Stone
Laura Vanarendonk Baugh - Shard & Shield
T.S Valmond - The Courier's Code
Steven Smith - Edgehaven
Vincent Bobbe - Immortals' Requiem
Nikki McCormack - Dissident
L.L Thomsen - The Missing Shield

The Qwillery
J.C Kang - Masters of Deception
Virginia McClain - Blade's Edge +
Andy Blinston - Oblivion +
Lee H Haywood - A Wizard's Dark Dominion
Emerald Dodge - Sea of Lost Souls
J Lenni Dorner - Fractions of Existence
Eric T Knight - Stone Bound
Edward Nile - Bloodlight
Meg Cowley - Heart of Dragons
A.K Ponder - Quest
Jim Hodgson - Apprentice Quest
Eliza Raine - Skies of Olympus
Flint Maxwell - Knight and Shadow +
Kelly Blanchard - Someday I'll Be Redeemed
Adam Craig - The Pact
Nicole Zoltack - A Time of Turmoil
Huw Steer - The Blackbird and the Ghost +
Levi Pfeiffer - Litany of Wrath
Monica Zwikstra - Alban's Choice
Ash Toroid - Tooth Goblins
Patrick LeClerc - Broken Crossroads
L.K Engelmeier - A Shard of Sea & Bone
Paul B Kohler - The Borrowed Souls
A.A Warne - Heavy Dirty Soul
Lydia Sherrer - Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus
Rebecca Callahan - The Dark Yule
Blaine D Arden - A Triad in Three Acts
Sharon Van Orman - Lykaia +
D.P Prior - Husk
Barbara Gaskell Denvil - A White Horizon

Alex Raizman - Small Worlds +
Roderick T Macdonald - The Thief and The Demon
Eli Selig - Witch in Winter
Robert J Power - Spark City +
Jacob Sannox - The Raven Master's Revenge +
Peter Harris - The Silk Mind
Christopher Percy - Since Never
B.R Kingsolver - Shadow Hunter
Assaph Mehr - In Numina +
Jason Holt - The Dragonslayer of Edgewhen
Wesley Allen - In the Land of the Penny Gnomes
Phil Tucker - Throne
Tom Hansen - Igniting Vengeance
Matt Larkin - Tides of Mana +
A.F Stewart - Ghosts of the Sea Moon
Thaddeus White - Sir Edric and the Plague
R.A Denny - The Emperor's Harvest
Noor Al-Shanti - Children of the Dead City
Tracy Kozinski - The City of Locked Doors
Katlynn Brooke - The Six and the Crystals of Ialana
A.R Harlow - We Must Find Her
Karen Healy & Robyn Fleming - The Empress of Timbra +
Abbie Evans - The Gossamer Globe
Rye Sobo - The Dark Sea Beyond
Ellis L Knox - A Child of Great Promise
L.W Fells - The Golden Unseen
Vaughan W Smith - Pool of Knowledge
Ashley R Carlson - The Charismatics
Ryan Toxopeus - A Noble's Quest
Aaron Bunce - The Winter of Swords

Kitty G
Alex Lang - Gloomwalker
Toby Frost - Up to the Throne
M.L Wang - The Sword of Kaigen +
Jonathan Auerbach - Guild of Tokens
Sarah Buhrman - Too Wyrd
Kevin Wright - Monster City
Sarah K.L Wilson - Summernight
Palmer Pickering - Moon Deeds +
Sarah Chorn - Seraphina's Lament +
Ben Galley - Chasing Graves +
Taya Okerlund - The Spec Set
Jeramy Goble - Briz and Bayla: The Bronze Age Bounty Hunters
Resa Nelson - The Dragonslayer's Sword
Rob Rodgers - Devil's Cape
Shane Simmons - Necropolis
Jacob Peppers - A Sellsword's Compassion
Tao Wong - The First Step
Aidan Russell - Road of the Lost
Vincent E.M Thorn - Skies of the Empire
Kristen S Walker - Riwenne & the Mechanical Beasts
R.G Long - Sword of Ruyn
J.M Riddles - Torn Apart
Lazette Gifford - Raventower & Merriweather
Michele Crow & A.A Warne - Concealed Power
Parvathi Ramkumar - The Grove of the Sun
Rafael Hohmann - SunRider
Mark Huntley-James - Hell of a Deal
Lina Jubilee - Succubus Lips
Val Clark - Lost
Eddie Skelson - Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

Thoughts Stained With Ink
Raymond St. Elmo - The Book in the Bottle
Alexander J Vincent - Children of Mytrea
Jason Parker - Chasing Portals
Christopher Mitchell - The Queen's Executioner
Steve Turnbull - The Dragons of Esternes
Jude Fawley - Plumbess Seg
Marina Ermakova - Terrestrial Magic
Caroline Thaung - A Quiet Rebellion
Angela Boord - Fortune's Fool +
David Reiss - Fid's Crusade
Dale Harker - The Farmer
Joel Manners - The Martyr's Blade
Matt Moss - Alterlife
Noelle Nichols - Shadow's Hand +
Krista D Ball - A Magical Inheritance +
Craig A Price - Dragon Sword
Richard Nell - The God King's Legacy
Kevin Potter - Shadow of the Overlord
Olga Werby - Twin Time
David Perlmutter - Honey and Salt
Emma Shelford - Free Dive
Troy A Hill - A Cup of Blood
Rhett C. Bruno & Jaime Castle - Web of Eyes
Peter Thomson - A Walk in the Wild
Marniy Jones - The Seal of Throkar
Simon Clairvel - Journey Through the Innerverse
Mary Fan - Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil
Christopher Clark - The Humming Blade
Cheri Lasota - Petra
Erik Henry Vick - Errant Gods

Vince Moneymaker - Realm Source
Ian Lewis - From Legend
Jeffrey Hall - The Crumbling Kingdom +
Carol A Park - Sweetblade +
Jaleta Clegg - Dark Dancer
A.J Lancaster - The Lord of Stariel +
Darian Smith - Kalanon's Rising

Terry Graves - Ravens' Will
Eileen Mueller - Ezaara
Emily Martha Sorenson - The Keeper and the Rulership
J.E Porter - The Innkeeper
G.L Breedon - The Dragon Star
Jason Russell - Quest of Kings
D.W Hawkins - Child of the Flames
Jordan Rivet - The Watermight Thief +
Michael Ripplinger - Yesterday's Demons
Lee Gaiteri - Below
Edward M Erdelac - The Knight With Two Swords
Joseph Daniel - Theft of Sapphire
Jordan Short - The Skald's Black Verse
Diane Duane - The Door Into Fire
Marina Finlayson - Changeling Exile
L.S O'Dea - Lake of Sin
Marjory Kaptanoglu - Dreadmarrow Thief
Scott J Robinson - The Brightest Light
Casia Schreyer - Rose in the Dark
Dan Prince - Adventurer Academy
Edward Aubry - Prelude to Mayhem

Ivy Smoak - Sea of Stars
D.S Murphy - Shearwater

The Fantasy Hive

Gaja J Kos & Boris Kos - Evenfall
Brad Carsten - The Wretched
Lisa Cassidy - A Tale of Stars and Shadow + 
Deck Matthews - The First of Shadows +
Harry Young - These Forgotten Gods
E.L Drayton - Daxton
Deston J Munden - Tavern
Ryan Howse - The Steel Discord +
Eli Celata - The One That Lives
A.M MacDonald - Remember the Dawn
Stephanie Burgis - Snowspelled +
Frank G Albelo - The Hall
Justin DePaoli - Dragonsoul
Jacob Rasmussen - The Fall
Miriam R Dumitra - Brightshade
Jeffrey L Kohanek - The Buried Symbol
Tracy Cooper-Posey - The Branded Rose Prophecy
Zamil Akhtar - Song of a Dead Star
C.Z Edwards - Rien's Rebellion
Brian McClellan - Uncanny Collateral +
Antoine Bandele - The Kishi +
Jack Massa - Cloak of the Two Winds
Matthew Satterlee - Forlorn Dimension
A.B Endacott - Queendom of the Seven Lakes
Sean Monaghan - The Mapmaker of Morgenfeld
Rebecca Sutton - Haventon Born
Kade Cook - Grey
Madeleine D'Este - Women of Wasps and War
Sergio Pereira - The Not-So-Grim Reaper
K Vale Nagle - Eyrie

Rockstarlit Book Asylum
Catherine Schaff-Stump - The Vessel of Ra
Camila Ochlan Bonita Gutierrez - The Werewolf Whisperer
C.F Welburn - The Ashen Levels
Melissa Wright - King of Ash and Bone
Benjamin Hope - The Procurement of Souls
Anela Deen - Beneath Cruel Fathoms +
Sonya M Black - A Sea of Broken Glass +
S.J Hartland - The 19th Bladesman
Alan Ratcliffe - Raven's Edge
Patty Jansen - The Bastard Prince
Paul Freeman - After the Fall
Andrew Einspruch - The Thorning Ceremony
Catherine Spader - Feast of the Raven
Daniel Potter - Dragon's Price
Victoria Corva - Books & Bone +
Gregory Mattix - Scions of Nexus
Drew Montgomery - Taika Town
D.M Guay - Jess Rising
I.W Ferguson - Belief's Horizon
Danny Bryn - Our Bloody Pearl +
Rainbow Maccabre - A Separation of Worlds
Stephan Morse - Hound of the Mountain
Robin Lythgoe - Blood and Shadow
J.B Allen - When The Elves Are Gone
Joel Sprigg - Over a God's Dead Body
Alexzander Christion - Rook
Grey Melmoth - Strathen
Helen Henderson - Dragon Destiny
Brian D Meeks - Dragon's Fury
Matthew S Cox - The Eldritch Heart

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