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):

Two cut on Lynn's Books and a semi-finalist chosen.
Two semi-finalists chosen and several titles cut on Superstar Drifter.
The Qwillery cut five titles and name a semi-finalist.
On Thoughts Stained With Ink three more titles are taste tested.
Three more cut on the Rockstar Lit Book Asylum, plus larger reviews for others.
Five fall on Fantasy-Faction.
Thoughts Stained With Ink waves off one more.
Fantasy Book Critic review Pursuit of Shadows.
Another two face the axe on Thoughts Stained With Ink.
Lynn's Books reviews The Lore of Prometheus.
A 4th semi-finalist selected on Fantasy Book Critic.
Lynn's Books reviews Healer's Ruin.
Six titles cut on the Rockstarlit Book Asylum.
Two more fall on Thoughts Stained With Ink.
Feedback and cuts from Lynn's Books.
The Watermight Thief reviewed on Superstar Drifter.
Yesterday's Demons reviewed on Superstar Drifter.
The Fantasy Hive reveal their first semi-finalist.
Dragon's Price reviewed on the Rockstarlit Book Asylum.
A 3rd semi-finalist selected on Fantasy Book Critic.
5 books that weren't favourites on the Rockstarlit Book Asylum.
2 books cut on Thoughts Stained With Ink.
Superstar Drifer reviews Raven's Will
Fantasy Book Critic review their 2nd semi-finalist.
Fantasy Book Critic name books to cut and keep.
2 books cut on Thoughts Stained With Ink.
5 are chopped on Superstar Drifter.
Vessel of Ra is reviewed on the Rockstarlit Book Asylum. 
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.
Tides of Mana is reviewed on Booknest.
The Gossamer Globe is reviewed on Booknest.
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.

80 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 - Earthcore
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
Marisa Mills & Drake Mason - The Source of Magic
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

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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  1. I feel so sorry for Lynn's Books: I've read 5 of those stories and was completely blown away. One of my favourites for this year is there. I have no idea how they'll choose the one/s to go forward 😢

  2. Lynn's Books may have a troubling time selecting ONE of their group. I've read 5 of them, and one is my favourite for this year (haven't read anything better for ages!!) So best of luck in just choosing one!! :)