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Book review: The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne

The gods are gone, killed centuries before in a war amongst themselves that saw the gods killed and the great dragon Rik-Lifa contained in a pit with nothing but corpses to feed in. At least, that is the legend, and anyone with god blood in them is considered Tainted....

Five questions with Hannah Whitten

It doesn't look like the plethora of fairytale-inspired fantasy novels is going away any time soon and we at Breaking the Glass Slipper are enormously grateful! After all, I first met Charlotte at a convention where she was on a panel discussing fairytales – and with...

Five questions with C.L. Clark

The Unbroken by C.L. Clark has been one of my favourite reads this year. It was one of those novels that manages to be so different from everything else you've read while simultaneously capturing everything you've loved in the books you have read. This is...

Review: Anna by Sammy HK Smith

Anna is a story about domestic abuse and rape, and so it deserves the trigger warnings at the start of the book. Be warned, this is not a book for the faint-hearted.  From the very beginning, Anna, not her real name, but the one she assumes, is subjected to horrific...

Five questions with Heather Walter

Anyone else hate the idea of 'love at first sight' in fairytales? Heather Walter is very much in agreement. At Breaking the Glass Slipper, we are absolute suckers for a gorgeous love story, but we are SO HERE for the trend of creating healthier and more interesting...

Review: A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry

It is the Age of Enlightenment, yet, people are still separated by those who have and those who don’t. The wealthy magicians sit at the top and keep the right to use magic for themselves. The magical poor are registered, banned from using their power, and severely...

Five questions with Caroline Hardaker

Yes, we know we only just featured Caroline on the podcast (great episodes by the way...), but we loved her so much we were happy to feature her again on the blog as part of the Composite Creatures blog tour. Get your copy of Caroline's exquisite novel, Composite...

Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Ariadne is the daughter of King Minos of Crete and the sister of the dreaded Minotaur. Every year, Athens sends fourteen young men and women as a sacrifice to the Minotaur, and Ariadne looks away, unable to bear her part in these atrocities. Then Theseus, the prince...

Five Questions with JJA Harwood

We spoke to author and editor JJA Harwood about the enduring power of fairytales - their darkness, their happy endings, and why they work on such a universal level. The Shadow in the Glass is described as a fairytale retelling. And fairytales, in their original forms,...