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The Arched Doorway: Year in Review 2014

It’s been an exciting year for us here at the Arched Doorway. We had two new members join our team — SJardine and MelissaKat. We owe at least half of this year’s posts to SJardine, who took the reigns while I was unable to tend to the site.

For me, this past year has been a fantastic one. I traveled through New Zealand; Neverland’s Library was released; I attended Ad Astra, Phoenix ComicCon, World Fantasy Con, and a couple of others; I got to interview Tom Doherty at the Tor office, (something that I’m still slightly mindblown over); I’ve seen and met many other great people over the course of the year; and I’ve made new friends, and met old ones (in person) for the first time.

It’s been a fairly decent year for the blog as well, a bit slower than previous years, but altogether decent. Below is a (mostly) complete archive of this year’s posts, separated into different categories.

Anyways, thanks for reading, and for a wonderful 2014. I look forward to sharing 2015 with all of you.

Best wishes and happy New Year,
Rebecca Lovatt



Steven Erikson
Patricia Briggs
Mark Lawrence
Tom Doherty
Robin Hobb
Kenny Soward
Mary Robinette Kowal


William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back, by Ian Doescher
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Jedi Doth Return, by Ian Doescher
The Treasury of the Fantastic edited by David Sandner and Jacob Weisman
A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish
Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran
Relic of Death by David Bernstein
Surrogate by David Bernstein
The Wurms of Blearmoth by Steven Erikson
Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie
Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey
No True Way by Mercedes Lackey

Elderwood Manor by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes
The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks
The Exiled by William Meikle
Shifting Shadows: Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Black Out by Tim Curran
Mercury Revolts by Robert Kroese
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe
Rise of the King: Companion Codex, II by R.A. Salvatore
Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
The Last Mile by Tim Waggoner
War Cry by Jim Butcher
Willful Child by Steven Erikson
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Under the Skin, by Michael Faber
Crimson Son by Russ Linton
Tinkermage by Kenny Soward
Facial by Jeff Strand
Dragons at Crumbling Castle (Special Edition), by Terry Pratchett


Writing “Flawed” Characters
Miles Cameron Identity Reveal
A New Door Opens (Editing Services)
Compilation of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges Completed by authors
Congratulations to the 2014 Hugo Award Winners
BLACKGUARDS: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues
Best Books of 2014

Rebecca created The Arched Doorway back in 2011 as an outlet for her thoughts on the books she reads. She spends her time as a freelance editor and reviewer. Her first anthology, Neverland's Library, came out in 2014 from Ragnarok Publications. Rebecca primarily reads historical and epic fantasy novels, such as those by Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Christian Cameron and Terry Brooks. She lives in Toronto, ON with her two snakes and hundreds of books.

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