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    JFB authors are writing critically acclaimed, award-winning and unputdownable novels right across the fantastical spectrum, encompassing everything from crime to literary fiction. Type: Novella A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Malazan Book of the Fallen is another deeply iconic fantasy series, often cited as one of the best high fantasies in recent years. Empire of Dreams is set in the same world as the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy but is a standalone novel. Two fairy tales and a myth get contemporary retellings—Sara Marks’s “The Prince Without a Throne” reimagines “Beauty and the Beast” in a way that feels a bit less Stockholm-syndrome than that tale normally appears; “Rumpled” by Trevann Rogers introduces a gender-swapped Rumplestiltskin—a troll only barely surviving, lonely, in a modern world until, by chance, she encounters the daughter of a record company producer, and their bargain saves them both; and the unabashedly erotic “Kink Midas” from Barbra Campbell draws on the original King Midas legend as a thief breaks his curse. Keep an eye on your inbox. Wise, “From the Balcony of the Idawolf Arms” by Jeffrey Ford, and “Lords of the Matinee” by Stephen Graham Jones are both beautiful and horrifying. It’s a beautiful read. But others draw more heavily on the older versions of their folk tales, or, in the case of Divya Sood’s “A Lover’s Tale,” create something wholly original. October 1981. Alana Joli Abbott | One of the best known and best loved fantasy books, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit introduces the reading world to the unforgettable hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard, and Smaug the dragon. While a new release for 2020, this compendium allows us to explore renowned fantasy stories from the end of World War II to 2010. Several stories have been previously published in places like Selene Quarterly Magazine and Backstory Magazine; Onoh’s novella, the longest piece, was originally published in Unhallowed Graves. It’s a delightful, fun-filled supernatural mystery. NYC has six. Fantasy has exploded in the young adult category, ... Sixteen powerhouse authors follow the footsteps of Octavia Butler in this fantastical, otherworldly anthology that explores, as its subtitle declares, “Black girl magic, resistance, and hope.” ... Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. The Fantastic Swordsmen. When Penny Hale's not-so-imaginary friend shows up in her bedroom, he pulls her into a whirlwind summer adventure of magic and bees and romance. In “Gilded,” Elizabeth Acevedo follows the point of view of a magically-gifted plantation slave who intends to purchase her own freedom—but whose plans are derailed when newcomers arrive from Africa; Acevedo’s worldbuilding and navigation of the complexity of her main character’s emotions make this a beautiful tale that hopes for a better future. Cotman utilizes the entire spectrum of fantasy and speculative fiction to write powerful stories on race, power, and human nature. Sometimes, it can be hard to sit down and commit to a long novel or series—especially in times where the stresses of the outside world (or the constant interruptions of your children’s distance learning) can keep you from really focusing on the page. This is a horror anthology, so not all of the stories listed would fall under the term fantasy, but horror can also be dark fantasy. Carson focuses this book on an orphan who joins the Royal Guard, intent on protecting those dearest to her. “The best stand-alone reprint anthology of the year was probably the retrospective anthology The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2. Her father, the emperor, refuses to acknowledge her as his heir, so Lin promises to master the art of bone shard magic. Whether you’re looking for villains or dragons, tales from lesser-known writers or big-name stars, this year’s fantasy anthologies are filled with diverse voices telling original stories, drawing on the long tradition of fantastic short fiction. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. The long-lived magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction has issued many retrospective anthologies but none more vaunting than this one marking its sixtieth anniversary. There are a number of great fantasy anthologies out this year, some of which I’ve already picked up, and some of which are yet to come. Dark feminist fantasy? And this school of magic, Scholomance, tries to kill its students. September 2011. One of the ways to still delve into fiction when you attention span is shot is by following serials. Maybe one of the first modern-day fantasy books, Twain writes about an Engineer from Connecticut who, transporting to the world of King Arthur, tries to modernize the past and create a better future. While the theme is a sure hit, the author list is an even bigger draw, with authors like R.F. Follow Dr. J.H. Ruthless Gods continues the blood magic and war that Wicked Saints left off with, but this time add WAY more body horror, dangerous questing, and this-is-a-bad-time-to-make-out-but-let’s-anyway delicious moments. This is a novel that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. A Book of Horrors ... Anthology. The Ten Most Influential Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology/Anthology Series. A book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike it is a tale full of adventure, heroism, song and laughter. Ryx has the power to drain the life from everything she touches, and after accidentally killing someone in self-defense she goes on the run. Datlow’s annual The Best Horror of the Year is an industry standard, and several of Windling’s anthologies have been nominated for or won World Fantasy Awards. The book that puts the fantasy genre on the literary map, Lord of the Rings is not only considered as the best fantasy book but is also the best book of the period. Yet, after 300 years of persisting through such an existence, Addie finally stumbles across a young man who remembers her name. Anthology. Reading new fantasy books has been my top choice, and with the breadth and talent of fantasy releasing in 2020, I’ve had a feast to choose from. From novels by Patrick Rothfuss to J.K. Rowling to Sabaa Tahir, we list the best fantasy books of the 21st century. Um, yes please. Hell yes. Looking for a short fantasy read during quarantine? Older’s story is a tie-in to his popular “Bone Street Rumba” series, and is not to be missed for fans of those novels. Anthology. The gorgeous cover on this anthology caught my eye before its publication, and the promise of “Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope” drew me right in. Anthology. Fans of Schwab’s work will no doubt love this expansive and utterly heart-wrenching novel. Spectacular magic battles. The Wayward Children series is one of my favorite series of all time and, five books in, McGuire still does not disappoint. Tender Is the Flesh, by Agustina Bazterrica. … Alaya Dawn Johnson and Karen Strong both play with traditional creatures of folklore in their tales; Johnson’s is a tale of a mercreature-turned-human unwilling to return to the sea until her daughter takes fate into her own hands, and Strong’s post-apocalyptic protagonist confronts the boo hag who killed her love. This list will focus on novellas published as books. 1995. Another is by picking up a really excellent fantasy anthology, such as The Starlit Wood (2016) or The Mythic Dream (2019). I read the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy early into the pandemic, and its magic system and thoughtful critiques of power and religion was a fantastic escape during those days. As anthology editors go, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling are stars. When Melie unravels a conspiracy against the kingdom, she steps up and takes matters into her own hands, proving her own worth—and deciding maybe she never needed approval from others in the first place. Let me introduce you to do the feminist queer fairytale you didn’t know you needed. Ximena is the decoy for the last remaining Illustrian royal, and when the usurper Atoc requests the royal’s hand in marriage, Ximena goes in her place. I am already counting down the days until book six releases in 2021. Small Beer Press has published some of my favorite collections, and Cotman’s glorious book certainly makes the list. The incomparable and stellar N.K. I cannot yell about Tesh’s work enough. If you enjoyed The Ten Thousand Doors of January, then get ready for more awe-inspiring writing, though keep in mind: as Alix noted on Twitter, while January was mostly G-rated, The Once and Future Witches is definitely not. Lewis The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Surrender, by Ray Loriga. * It’s such a powerful book, where LGBTQIA and Latinx kids can see themselves being powerful heroes. I am a huge sucker for fun ensemble casts in both books and movies, and this book’s eclectic band of thieves hits all the notes. Brown, including enemies-to-lovers romance, ancient evils, a competition, and all the backstabbing. A couple of the stories in the collection rely a little too much on the Disney versions of the tale; editor Kenley’s own “Part of Her World” spins an Ursula/Arielle slash-fic, here as Maris and Alani, that feels more like fan service than an independent story, while Susan Hawes’s “Stygian Nights” uses Disney’s Hercules to fun effect, capturing the voice of the villainous Hades and trading Megara in for the god of death’s own love interest. We see main characters from previous books band together, fight for each other, and most importantly, grieve for each other and what they’ve lost. Book Summary:Champions is an anthology of more than thirty of the best fantasy stories that the online writing community has to offer; from spells gone wrong to prisons for gods and much more.This anthology brings together the winning stories from the monthly competitions of Reddit’s FantasyWriters forum with each story demonstrates the vivid and extraordinary worlds that the fantasy genre has to … Kuang, Anne Leckie, Rachel Swrisky, Peter S. Beagle, Zen Cho, C. S. E Cooney, Aliette de Bodard, Sarah Gailey, and J. Y. Yang contributing to the twenty-nine stories and poems within these pages. Martin Its exhaustive narrative spanning multiple continents and thousands of years is too complex to effectively describe here, but all eventually comes back to the Malazan Empire and who gains (as well as who deserves) power within it. It’s beautiful and romantic, and such a lovely escape for those seeking solace from doomscrolling. 25 Best Fantasy Books for YA Readers by Feliza Casano. This anthology will particularly appeal to fantasy readers who also enjoy romance, and it’s fun that the traditional villains have their own chance to shine. A crown princess and a refugee are brought together, both with the intention of killing the other. 75/76 The Final Issue. Most fantasy books ask for a serious commitment but Good Omens is a fully formed, read-in-an-afternoon treat. Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy: Senses Five Press Ellen Datlow: The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Del Rey Books: John Joseph Adams: The Living Dead: Night Shade Books: Ann VanderMeer: Steampunk: Tachyon Publications: Jeff VanderMeer: Ellen Datlow: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection In Come Tumbling Down, we return to fan favorite characters Jack and Jill from the Moors. Others reveal the wills of gods and goddesses in ancient fantasy settings, or allow spirits in human form to enact vengeance on those who defy justice. This a strong fantasy debut by Roseanne A. A Discovery of Witches Season 2 Review (Spoiler Free): Is the Magic Still Strong? POLYPHONY edited ... and the fact that its success has been parlayed into the current spate of year’s best books. Lord of the Rings tells the story of the Hobbit Frodo who needs to venture on a dangerous journey to the mountain of doom to destroy the ring that rules them all, thereby preventing the rise of evil Sauron in the process. There he meets the orphanage’s master, who is determined to keep the children safe. Read 339 reviews from the world's large… Stewart makes a strong epic fantasy debut with The Bone Shard Daughter. But the genre isn’t all witches, wardrobes, and whimsy! This has it all. The aesthetic established by J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, let’s just say. Important quests to save the world. I’m excited to see just where this anthology transports me! Addie is faced with an isolating and lonely curse: No one is allowed to remember her. Enter to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. From Manhattan to the Bronx to Brooklyn, Jemisin introduces us to these souls in a completely unique and powerful fantasy about culture, love, hate, and hope. However, no woman has survived recruitment year. Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. Her twin brother’s wedding approaches and she must decide who she is and will become. This is part of a duology, too, so once you’re done, be prepared to make grabby hands for the follow-up. Hard to beat an opening like that. Add their growing attraction, and things get real interesting. But my favorite of the collection is “Melie” by Justina Ireland, the story of a sorcerer’s apprentice not getting the training she’d been promised when she signed up for her apprenticeship; she’s gifted with magic, and she’s adept at winning over magical creatures by—shock of shocks—treating them like people. Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water. As a huge fan of Novik’s previous novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, A Deadly Education is at the top of my list for 2020. Given that bookstores are currently closed, picking up this classic as an ebook (especially through one of the ebook retailers that supports indie bookstores) is a sure hit. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! This best fantasy book for 2020 combines classic coming-of-age narrative ideas with elements of magic, dark fantasy and epic world-building. Firebirds (anthology) Flashing Swords! 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