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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Bradley Beaulieu’s epic fan­tasy se­ries Song Of The Shat­tered Sands con­tin­ues with OF SAND AND MAL­ICE MADE (8 Septem­ber, Gol­lancz), a pre­quel which brings us more of fiery fe­male glad­i­a­tor Çeda. Our re­viewer rather liked opener Twelve Kings – though they found the world­build­ing a lit­tle bloated. An­other se­ries con­cludes in THE SPI­DER’S WAR (8 Septem­ber, Or­bit), Daniel Abra­ham’s fi­nal The Dag­ger And The Coin book. We lauded saga-opener The Dragon’s Path – set in a me­dieval world pop­u­lated by 13 breeds of hu­mans – as “sharp and evoca­tive”. THE WITCH’S VAC­UUM CLEANER (25 Au­gust, Dou­ble­day Chil­drens) col­lects more sto­ries penned by Terry Pratch­ett in the ’60s. Ex­pect fan­tasy con­ven­tions lam­pooned with some charm; don’t ex­pect the wit of Pratch­ett’s ma­ture work. Mean­while, an­thol­ogy SHAKE­SPEARE VS CTHULHU (out now, Snow­books) sees the likes of Adrian Tchaikovsky and James Love­grove mash­ing up the Bard and Love­craft. Dis­ney ob­ses­sives will de­light in THEY DREW AS THEY PLEASED VOL­UME TWO (30 Au­gust, Chron­i­cle Books), which in­cludes con­cept art for the likes of Fan­ta­sia and Peter Pan. Fi­nally: there’s an up­dated edi­tion of Alan Jones’s 2004 book Pro­fondo Ar­gento. Reti­tled DARIO AR­GENTO: THE MAN, THE MYTHS & THE MAGIC (22 Au­gust, FAB Press) ,it fea­tures loads of new ma­te­rial on the cult Ital­ian hor­ror di­rec­tor.

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