SPFBO 4 Phase 1

Welcome to my not-so-official SPFBO page!

Let’s get the formalities out of the way first:

What is SPFBO?

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off is hosted by none other than Mark Lawrence, author of The Broken Empire, The Red Queen’s War and The Book of Ancestor trilogies. 300 books compete, judged by 10 blogs and at the end of 10 long, bloody months 1 winner will emerge. You can find every detail on Mark’s SPFBO page along with the process of all 10 blogs in Phase 1.

What do I have to do with SPFBO?

I am honored to tell, that this year I act as advisor for Fantasy Book Review‘s judgeing team. What this means, is that I don’t make decisions, but I will read and review the semi-finalists picked by Emma, Adam and James, and will help to choose our finalist at the end of the year. I have plans to read some of the others in our group, depending on my time schedule, but can’t make any promises.

What this page is for?

I’d like to keep track of my and FBR’s progress. You will find a list of the authors and books in our lot, the reviews we post, my reviews of other SPFBO entrants I read this year or will read in the coming months. I also plan to post some interviews and guest posts exclusively offered to the authors in our group. You’ll find every relevant link and information here 🙂

Our 30, FBR’s process

As the other blogs, FBR got 30 books assigned to them. We have 3 judges, who each will pick 2 semi-finalists. They won’t write a review of every book. In the spread sheet below you can follow our process. Those who are marked with green got elected as semi finalists. Clicking on the rating you can read the review by the assigned judge. Where there is no rating, there is no review either.

Servant of the Crown Paul J. Bennett
Dying to Meet You S.C. Stokes
Hero Forged Josh Erikson 8.3
The Endless Ocean Toby Bennett 8.3
Defender of Dragons Staci Olsen
Angel of Destruction Virgil Debique 5.0*
The Mage Team David J. Normoyle 6.5
Carpet Diem Justin Lee Anderson
Silver Serpent Michael DeAngelo
Empty Monsters Cat Hellisen
The Boy Who Fell Through The Sky Peter North
Blood in the Sand M.J. Kobernus
The Blighted City Scott Kaelen
Symphony of the Wind Steven McKinnon 9.0
Moroda L.L McNeil
Wards and Wonders Kay Ling
City of Shards Steve Rodgers 7.5
Dragonshade Aderyn Wood *
A Season of Pure Light C.J Erick *
Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns Craig A. Price Jr
Servant of Rage A.Z Anthony 7.3*
Revenant Winds Mitchell Hogan 7.8
I Woke Up Early Dee Dickens
Moonlight, Roses & Murder Lorri Moulton
Scrooge and Marley (Deceased) Jonathan Green 6.5*
Dragon’s Reclaim Steven Smith
Vincent, Survivor O.L Eggert *
Mabus Dean Rencraft *
The Vale Brian D. Anderson 8.5
TruthStone Mike Shelton

*Adam decided to give a series of mini reviews for all of his 10 books, which you can find here on FBR’s blog!

My SPFBO reviews


My review can be reached by clicking on the rating.

Hero Forged Josh Erikson 4 / 8.0
Servant of Rage A.Z. Anthony 3.5 / 7.0
Symphony of the Wind Steven McKinnon 4.5 / 9.0
The Endless Ocean Toby Bennett 3.5 / 7.5
Entrants in other groups

To read my review click on my rating, to read the assigned blog’s review click on their rating. Those who get elected as semi finalists will be marked with green. I usually use the 1-5 rating scale, but I converted them into a 1-10 scale too since SPFBO uses that.

Judging Blog
Blog's Rating
My Rating
Those Brave, Foolish Souls from the City of Swords Benedict Patrick The Qwillery 4 / 8.0
Kingshold D. P. Woolliscroft Lynn’s Book 4.25 / 8.5
We Ride The Storm Devin Madson Booknest 4 / 8.0
Song Jesse Teller Kitty G 3.5 / 7.0
Aching God Mike Shel The Qwillery 3.75 / 7.5
The Great Hearts David Oliver The Qwillery 3.5 / 7.0
Sworn to the Night Craig Schaefer Lynn’s Books 4 / 8.0

Guest post and interviews with authors of FBR’s group

Josh Erikson interview
 A.Z. Anthony: Lessons from Writing 1,000,000 Words in 2018 – guest post
Justin Lee Anderson interview
Lorri Moulton: Moonlight, Roses & Murder – excerpt
L.L. McNeil interview
Staci Olsen interview
Michael DeAngelo: Plot Generators: How to Always Have Ideas at the Ready – guest post + excerpt
Mitchell Hogan: Shadow of the Exile – excerpt (his SPFBO book is Revenant of the Wind)
Steven McKinnon interview
Mike Shelton interview
Aderyn Wood: Dragonshade – excerpt
Scott Kaelen interview
Toby Bennett interview
Steve Rodgers interview
Kay L. Ling interview
Steven Smith interview

Guest posts and interviews with past and present SPFBO participants

A.M. Justice: Soundtracks – guest post
Andy Peloquin: My Four Favorite Fantasy Anti-Stereotypes – guest post
Benedict Patrick interview
Damien Black interview
Jesse Teller: Waiting for the Sun to Go Down – guest post
Keith McArdle: So You Want To Be An Author? – guest post
Martin Owton: A Matter of Blood – short story
Megan Mackie: The Finder of the Lucky Devil excerpt
Ulff Lehmann interview
Ulff Lehmann: The Shrouded Evil – short story
D.P. Woolliscroft interview

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