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Epic List

27 Mindblowingly Epic Fantasy Books

Epic fantasy is usually big, loud fun: kingdoms in peril, good about to be obliterated by dark evil, and scrappy adventurers defying death in nearly every chapter.

While there’s plenty of fun to be had in the Quest for the Magic Thingy, the trend toward focusing on character and realism is welcome, and some of the books on this list flip on its head the whole idea of what “epic” means.

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Book Review Stand-alone

Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener reads like a classic that’s been around for 50 years. I was shocked to find out it was published in 2014. It feels like the kind of book that’s been on shelves forever, next to A Wrinkle in Time and Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s good, creepy fun for kids.

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List

29 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

“Best” is a hugely subjective term, and not to be trusted. So here, “Best” means, “a consensus based on dozens of other lists, infused with my own personal bias.”

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Book Review

Review: Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

Retribution Falls is a fast-paced steampunk adventure, led by a charming rogue and a ship full of misfits. Framed for murder, the captain and crew must figure out who framed them while avoiding the authorities.

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List Series

29 Best Fantasy Series

Fantasy has more book series than any other genre. Science fiction is in second place with hundreds of series, but fantasy is at the top.

Unfortunately, this means that there are more fantasy series than one can read in a lifetime. Here are some of the best ones out there.

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Book Review Series

Review: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

I’m seeing a trend in fantasy stories with extensive world-building. While many of them reveal the world through the usual quest for the Magical Thingamajig, the more recent trend is to reveal this strange world via the investigation of a murder. A detective must visit a number of dangerous places and confront strange characters (just like the folks on a quest).

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List Vampires

25 Best Vampire Books

 

Detail from the cover of A Clutch of Vampires by Raymond T. McNally, drawn by Edward Gorey

Vampires have gone from being seen as unfortunate creatures operating under a dread curse (Nosferatu) to pretty, brooding superheroes (Twilight). They’re the ultimate bad boys: tall, dark, and handsome taken to a feral, gothic extreme.

There are all sorts of vampires in the list below: angry, scared, young, old, terrifying, hilarious, confused, weak, strong, monstrous, and human.

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Book Review

Review: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

Titus Groan is completely different from any fantasy book I’ve ever read. It’s surreal, poetic, brutal, and brilliant. Its characters, who have all wrapped themselves in different kinds of madness, plod and scramble their way through the seemingly endless sprawl of Gormenghast Castle. They vie for power, plot vengeance, and engage in long-followed but nonsensical rituals.

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20 Best Fantasy Worlds

Most fantasy worlds are simply medieval lands with wizards, witches, and a smattering of humanoid races. Fortunately, sometimes an author goes in a completely different direction and creates an entirely new and original world.