A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Today I’m throwing out the order of my reviews in favour to review A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, which was kindly sent to me for an honest review! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me an advanced copy! A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook was released just yesterday, June 12th, 2019! Not only did I want to accept the book for myself in the hopes of bettering my writing, but also my brother who has always wanted to be a writer and doesn’t know how to start.

My Lame Synopsis: An informative guide to writing fantasy, but could help any writer to get better. Goodreads

Fantasy Writers' Handbook, A - Richie Billing


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I’ve read on writing for any genre. Sure, I’ve read a few articles, but not a novel. I’m floored by how accessible the book is. There’s personality in a how-to book, which I so greatly appreciate.  It’s very well structured where it flows into each new chapter. From reading this handbook, I have found other books on writing and editing that I feel confident in because Billing’s recommendation.

There is so many topics covered in here, but doesn’t take away from the easiness of reading his word. Topics include sub-genres, fighting, landscape, senses, and more. Things that I never have thought about in writing, but it stands out even more now in books I have read, for example, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James where the sense of smell had such a huge part in the book that I haven’t seen before. I can appreciate these details even more based on my new understanding of what goes into writing.

loved how Billing included examples and advice from other authors like one of my favourites, Brandon Sanderson. The whole book felt like I was peering behind the curtain, and it was a great experience!

As always, thanks for reading!


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3 thoughts on “A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing: Book Review

  1. Reblogged this on Richie Billing and commented:
    A very lovely review of AFWH from the excellent book blogger, Sarah. For some reason, this post slipped under my radar so apologies for just seeing it now. Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to read the book and share your thoughts! I sincerely appreciate it. If you’re yet to check out Sarah’s blog, head on over there forthwith! You’ll find tonnes of great book recommendations and insightful reviews.

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