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.
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.