Review – ‘The Name of the Wind’

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

At its core, this is a character story. This is not some sweeping tale of battles between warring nations, a group of travelers exploring a dangerous world, or some ‘chosen one’ who must accept his destiny.


Review by Zachary Fadden

The Name of the Wind unfolds as a man of unrivaled notoriety and infamy agrees to dictate his life story to a world-renowned scholar and scribe. Weaving in and out of this broad story periodically, the book is largely rendered through Kvothe’s first-person narrative. Rarely has a debut fantasy novel garnered as much attention and praise as Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind, and certainly never has one been so undeserving. Continue reading

Lies Below Nightwander

‘As he drew in he could see that there were several lacerations along the side of its body, which had been stitched meticulously back together. A shiver went through him, and he stopped the blade a handspan above its ribs. The corpse was twitching.’

Lies Below Nightwander

by Zachary Fadden

Filaes worked his way along a narrow storm drain in the tunnels beneath the Nightwander, struggling on hands and knees against the filthy ground. He should have been clearing out the blocked sewage pipe below Tempest’s Hall by now, but a trail of strange markings had caught his attention. The crew leader Jaqhan would be furious if he were late in returning, and would likely threaten his job, but still he could not help his curiosity.
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Drunken Dragon Submission Guidelines

Stories submitted for publication in the Drunken Dragon must meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • Between 1500 and 6000 words
  • Fantastical or supernatural elements present (science fiction concepts do not qualify, but sci-fi settings will be considered if criteria is otherwise met)
  • Must be a complete, self-contained story
  • No novel chapters or excerpts, to avoid complication with future publication (tie-ins are fine, so long as they can be enjoyed as stand-alone material)
  • Must be edited and proof-read thoroughly

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Review – Mistborn: The Final Empire


Mistborn: The Final Empire


Most readers will find themselves in a cohesive and believable setting, perfectly capable of serving as the backdrop for the incredible promises made early on.

Review by Zachary Fadden

Mistborn: The Final Empire follows a group of former slaves turned burglars who endeavor to pull off the ultimate job against God himself. Masquerading as a heist novel in a pseudo-medieval fantasy setting, The Final Empire begins with an incredibly enticing premise. By the midpoint the book slowly reveals itself as somewhat more typical fantasy fare; a group of rag-tag renegades sets out to topple the ultimate evil, aided by a young person of insignificant status who realizes their true potential with the advisement of a powerful mentor. Even as the exciting concept gives way to a more recognizable structure, the world and story were littered with enough curiosities, mysteries, and fascination to hold my attention and interest throughout. Continue reading

STC Reviews and Ratings Explained

The Great Hall is where book reviews and ratings will be posted. The ratings will be based on a comprehensive scale (explained below), and the reviews will be an in-depth analysis of the considerations that went into scoring each book on this scale.

There will be NO SPOILERS posted directly in any review. There may be times when I feel the need to cite something particular from within a work, but it will always be labeled appropriately as spoiler content, and will be accessible only through a ‘See Spoilers’ link. These I will try to keep to a minimum, however at times it is difficult to refrain from mentioning specifics when judging quality, and I will do my best to keep excerpts and asides from becoming necessary to understanding the rating. Continue reading

Let the Siege Begin!

There are not a lot of absolutes in this life, but there is one thing I am certain of; everybody loves a great fantasy story. The sense of wonder, the depth of immersion, and the incredible characters are enough to captivate any mind that is willing to participate.

For some the appreciation of fantasy as a genre comes only through chance encounters, inadvertently finding otherworldly stories and settings before moving on to more traditional fare. Others may find themselves seeking out stories with fantastic elements from time to time, in between pursuits of other interests. Then there are those whose passion for fantasy supersedes all else, whose desire to explore new worlds and engage in the unbelievable permeates their entire lives. Wherever you put yourself on that scale, if you are someone who enjoys fantasy, this is the place for you.

Welcome, friends, to Storming The Castle.