Fantasy

URBAN FANTASY

Bustiers, Bullets, and Black Magic: Four Urban Fantasy Series You Should Be Reading

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 flashing neon lights, car chases, heated glances, red heels, incantations, and the glint […]

by × October 17, 2014 ×

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS

Christopher Tolkien's hand-drawn map from The Lord of the Rings

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 documentation, they will suspend their disbelief. That’s why so many epic fantasy stories come with detailed, […]

by × October 13, 2014 ×

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

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 that explores an alternate timeline in which a mysterious event in 1998 caused all electricity, gunpowder, and advanced machinery to […]

by × September 24, 2014 ×

EPIC FANTASY

5 Books That Prove This is a Great Fall for Epic Fantasy

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 those standards, this fall is a particularly strong one for epic fantasy, featuring long-awaited […]

by × September 18, 2014 ×

EPIC READS

Robert Jackson Bennett on What Makes a Book an Epic

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 Jackson Award for best horror novel. A year later, The Company Man picked […]

by × September 11, 2014 ×

KIM HARRISON

Brimstone and Leather: A Eulogy for Kim Harrison’s Hollows Saga

Brimstone and Leather: A Eulogy for Kim Harrison’s Hollows Saga

After 13 best-selling novels that have revitalized the landscape of genre fiction, Kim Harrison’s Hollows series—which features lovable witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan—is over. For the last two decades, paranormal fantasy has enjoyed something of a Golden Age. Authors […]

by × September 9, 2014 ×

MAGICAL THINKING

The Magicians Trilogy Will Redefine Your Relationship with Fantasy

The Magicians Trilogy Will Redefine Your Relationship with Fantasy

Like a lot of kids, there were times in my childhood where I was convinced some grand mistake had been made, and I had been plopped down with the wrong parents, in the wrong world, and that someday, someone far […]

by × August 22, 2014 ×

WHAT TO READ NEXT

9 Books to Read If You Loved Disney’s Frozen

9 Books to Read If You Loved Disney’s Frozen

If you’ve had “Let it Go” stuck in your head since Disney’s Frozen premiered last year, you could probably use a switch in gears. These books embody the spirit of Frozen in one way or the other, but will provide […]

by × April 24, 2014 ×

DRAGONS

The Top 6 Best Dragons in Literature

The Top 6 Best Dragons in Literature

Dragons have been a storytelling staple for ages, and it’s easy to see why we keep coming back to them. Regal yet terrifying, these mystical creatures create instant conflict, what with all their fire-breathing and treasure-hoarding. Plus, there is something […]

by × March 25, 2014 ×