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6 Literary Fiction Novels Invaded by Mythical Creatures
Some readers grow up relishing stories about fantastical creatures, and then set such books aside for more realistic reads when they’re adults. But...
Just Enough Amazing Art from
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition
to Leave You Longing for More
Waiting for October 6 to roll around and bring me my copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition is making me feel like...
The Amazing Arden and 5 More Fabulous Lady Magicians
I love stories about magic and magicians. (My bio offers a clue why…) One of my favorite novels is Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr....
An Ember in the Ashes
Is the Next Must-Read YA Fantasy
“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.” “You are...
what to read next
What to Read Next if You Never Stopped Loving Robin McKinley’s
The Hero and the Crown
Like so many readers, I first discovered Robin McKinley’s Newbery Award—winning epic fantasy novel The Hero and the Crown as a teenager. Dragged...
5 Sinister Fictional Languages Best Kept That Way
Need an extra shot of realism in your carefully constructed world? Time to invent a language! Authors have been creating fictional languages for decades,...
Four Reading Recs for the Reluctant Paranormal YA Reader
We get it: you’ve been burned before. On a whim, you picked up a young adult book with a photo of a girl wearing a distressed period dress,...
Bustiers, Bullets, and Black Magic: Four Urban Fantasy Series You Should Be Reading
Readers of modern urban fantasy novels know the best of the genre are a heady mix of noir, romance, fantasy, and suspense. Books that invoke images of...
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The 5 Best Fantasy Maps Ever Drawn
Writers and Nigerian princes trying to move millions of dollars out of their country know one absolute truth: If you present people with enough...
sci-fi & fantasy roundups
September Sci-Fi/Fantasy Roundup: Solving for Area X, a Bloody Battle for the Throne, and Performing Shakespeare in the End Times
Golden Princess: A Novel of The Change, by S.M. Stirling Stirling has now written 11 novels in the Emberverse, his sci-fi/fantasy mashup series...
5 Books That Prove This is a Great Fall for Epic Fantasy
It seems you can’t turn around in the bookstore these days without bumping up against a stack of the next great fantasy doorstopper, but even by...
Robert Jackson Bennett on What Makes a Book an Epic
Across five published novels, Robert Jackson Bennett has made it a point to never write the same book twice. His debut, Mr. Shivers, won the 2010 Shirley...