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. Hard to beat an opening like that. 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. With the dumpster fire that is 2020, I have been unapologetically escapist in my reading. 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. Another is by picking up a really excellent fantasy anthology, such as The Starlit Wood (2016) or The Mythic Dream (2019). Anthology. This year’s anthology was guest ed… 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. 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. From the use of extraordinary hearing to solve murders to watching a shapeshifting creature devour its master to having a disembodied voice reveal a horrific secret, these stories are some of the best fantasy (and horror) I’ve read this year. 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. Anthology. Firebirds (anthology) Flashing Swords! Her father, the emperor, refuses to acknowledge her as his heir, so Lin promises to master the art of bone shard magic. 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. Melissa Caruso returns with a new series with magnificent world-building and deadly magic. 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. Follow Dr. J.H. Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke. Opening with a futuristic story of alien invasion and time travel (“When Life Hands You a Lemon Fruitbomb” by Amerie), the anthology also roams through history, high fantasy, and modern magic. From collections and anthologies to novellas and novels, 2020 has been a magnificent year for the fantasy genre. 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. For those looking for a lush, soft fantasy about finding, belonging, and becoming, this lovely book will warm your soul. Under the umbrella of new fantasy books, there’s new fantasy short books. It’s a beautiful read. Looking for a short fantasy read during quarantine? It’s a timely collection filled with wit and beautiful language. This anthology, coming out in June 2020, bills itself as the first science fiction and fantasy anthology written by Latinx people living in the United States. Enter to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. Martin This is another glorious take about power and forbidden magic. Behren’s immersive world, where neighbors accept all sorts of eccentricities because that’s what happens when you live next to fairies, is a delight, and the story of two fathers finding happiness together, and the sacrifices they are willing to make for their children, is heart wrenching in all the right ways. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Read 339 reviews from the world's large… 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. 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. Dhionelle Clayton and Danny Lore both stick a little closer to home with their magic; Clayton’s literally heart-broken protagonist has to seek out a conjure woman after a break up, and in Lore’s a brash young hair-braider confronts the witch stealing her clients, only to learn hard truths about herself. Fans of Caruso’s previous Swords and Fire series will surely be thrilled with this new fantasy release. “The best stand-alone reprint anthology of the year was probably the retrospective anthology The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2. Addie is faced with an isolating and lonely curse: No one is allowed to remember her. Tolkien From novels by Patrick Rothfuss to J.K. Rowling to Sabaa Tahir, we list the best fantasy books of the 21st century. Malazan Book of the Fallen is another deeply iconic fantasy series, often cited as one of the best high fantasies in recent years. 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. Jemisin starts a new series with The City We Became, this time focusing on New York City, working off of the notion that every great city has a soul. 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. A Fantasy Reader: The Seventh World Fantasy Convention Book. It’s beautiful and romantic, and such a lovely escape for those seeking solace from doomscrolling. The Best Fantasy Books of 2020: A Luminous Republic, by Andrés Barba. From collections and anthologies to novellas and novels, 2020 has been a magnificent year for the fantasy genre. One of the ways to still delve into fiction when you attention span is shot is by following serials. 25 Best Fantasy Books for YA Readers by Feliza Casano. My favorite of the stories, however, draws on the legends of men stealing a selkie’s skin to win a wife; in Julie Behren’s “Sea and Hearth,” an otherwise gentle and kind, but lonely, widower happens upon bathing selkies and dares take a skin. 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. This novella is such a joy to read, full of action and wit. I’m excited to see just where this anthology transports me! Another is by picking up a really excellent fantasy anthology, such as The Starlit Wood (2016) or The Mythic Dream (2019). Royal families fighting for control of the kingdom. Is she a princess, or is she a monster? If you’re looking for a genre-defying historical fantasy, then this checks all the boxes. As editor Van Gelder admits in the introduction, promising the very best is perhaps overreaching somewhat, given the hundreds of outstanding choices F&SF’s archives afford. The Fantastic Swordsmen. Here are some you should keep your eyes out for between novels (or just because short fiction is fantastic). The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1983 anthology) The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998 anthology) Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology. For those seeking a book that captures the mystery, magic, and romance of the stage, this is the book for you. A Discovery of Witches Season 2 Review (Spoiler Free): Is the Magic Still Strong? The stories range in length and setting, including colonial Yorubaland and post-apocalyptic settings, and are peopled by gods and goddesses, tricksters, magicians, and middle managers. I cannot yell about Tesh’s work enough. It’s not immediately obvious that this anthology of tales where the villians win is also a collection of love stories, but every tale is about finding a happily ever after with a lover—even if that lover is not the person the “villain” of the tale expected. She finds a group of magical experts (I love ensemble casts!) While the theme is a sure hit, the author list is an even bigger draw, with authors like R.F. The title novella is particularly stellar, about a group of immortals in Pittsburgh who can extend their life (and limbs) by growing and consuming certain fruit. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One 1929-1964 book. (Neil Gaiman and Jane Yolen appear in this one as well.) Lewis The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Led by Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Charlie Jane Anders, and Margo Lanagan, the pieces in this anthology promise to twist the stories of curses from fairy tales you’ve known since childhood into something new and different—yet familiar all the same. A forbidden Darkwood? I love, love, love bothersome, attractive ghosts, and the chemistry between Yadriel and Julian is *chefs kiss. Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water. 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 Dark school of magic story! Thank you for signing up! What fantasy anthologies feature your favorite stories? The way the writers spin their versions of mythological or fairy tale characters is engaging and fun, with scenes of physical affection in each one would expect from a steamy romance novel. The Wayward Children series is one of my favorite series of all time and, five books in, McGuire still does not disappoint. The anthology also features black and white line art from Rovina Cai, which may ordering a hard copy for your book shelf the best bet. All the stories in the anthology are solid, and the collection of authors includes both big names, like Rebecca Roanhorse, and relative newcomers. It’s a fantastic resource to study works by titans of the genre, from Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from the Omelas” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” to more recent stories such as Aimee Bender’s “End of the Line” and Victor LaValle’s “I Left My Heart in Skaftafell.” For fervent readers and writers of fantasy, this is a must-have. I recommend Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Clarkesworld for magazines that publish fantasy novellas in their issues and/or online. A labyrinthian story about a house with infinite rooms and the man who explores it is exactly the kind of story I like to sink into for hours and hours. This anthology from publisher Aurelia Leo exceeded its funding goal on Kickstarter by more than double, and it should hit bookstore shelves and e-readers in August 2020. For reference, this category includes works that are at or under 40,000 words. NYC has six. Keep an eye on your inbox. Antaeus No. 10. Ibañez crafts a beautiful fantasy in this book about Ximena, who can spin thread from moonlight. The first book in Tesh’s duology, Silver in the Wood, is an absolutely masterpiece of a novella. 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. Editor and author Caldwell has compiled stories that are different in topic, setting, and tone, but all of them have a note of hope at the end. 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 … The collection features well-known fantasy names including Delia Sherman, Gregory Maguire, Charles deLint, and Patricia A. McKillip. This list barely scratches the surface of all the great new fantasy books. The stories include ghosts and space aliens, grandmothers with magical cooking and robots. 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. This best fantasy book for 2020 combines classic coming-of-age narrative ideas with elements of magic, dark fantasy and epic world-building. Alana Joli Abbott | Readers expecting the magic realism made famous by Latin American writers will see how these modern authors, including Junot Díaz, Kathleen Alcalá, Carmen Maria Machado, Daniel José Older, and Ernest Hogan, push beyond that tradition and into something altogether new and exciting. 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. Spectacular magic battles. Most fantasy books ask for a serious commitment but Good Omens is a fully formed, read-in-an-afternoon treat. Hell yes. ... Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. 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. 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. The Best Fantasy Book Series of All ... any good pulp series, has ample content (15 novels and one anthology) ... compelling trilogy that deserves its place among the best stories in fantasy. Anthology. 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 is a horror anthology, so not all of the stories listed would fall under the term fantasy, but horror can also be dark fantasy. September 2011. A trans boy is desperate to prove himself a brujo to his traditional Latinx family, so he summons a ghost. Please don’t hesitate to include your own 2020 fantasy recommendations and favorites on social media! This collection of twenty folktales, retold (or invented) by contemporary fantasy pros, has more headliners on its author list than you can shake a spindle at. This doorstopper of an anthology focuses on everyone’s favorite mythological creature: the dragon. and as groups are wont to do in epic fantasy, they have to save the world. Imagine the French revolution but with Robespierre as a necromancer. Soraya is a princess who is cursed to poison anyone she touches. Where Dreams Descend has been described as Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera, but there is also a heavy vibe of Caraval meets The Night Circus. And you need this very much. The collection contains twelve short stories and poems from authors Marian Denise Moore, Dilman Dila, Eugen Bacon, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Fareeat Aliyu, Michael Boatman, Marian Denise Moore, Odida Nyabundi, Dare Segun Falowo, Mame Gougouma Diene, Nuzo Onoh, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald. A book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike it is a tale full of adventure, heroism, song and laughter. POLYPHONY edited ... and the fact that its success has been parlayed into the current spate of year’s best books. Lin, the daughter of the emperor, spends her days behind locked doors. A Book of Horrors ... Anthology. Cotman utilizes the entire spectrum of fantasy and speculative fiction to write powerful stories on race, power, and human nature. But rather than settle for just the monstrous, fire-breathing variety, the collection gathers stories inspired by dragons around the world. Fans of Schwab’s work will no doubt love this expansive and utterly heart-wrenching novel. 75/76 The Final Issue. The perfect new fantasy book for our indulgent 21st-century binge culture, A Queen in Hiding is the first in The Nine Realms quartet, which will be released back-to-back from January to April 2020. As anthology editors go, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling are stars. 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. Every year, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series collects some of the best examples of the genre, highlighting some of our greatest writers. 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.” Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. I am already counting down the days until book six releases in 2021. The long-lived magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction has issued many retrospective anthologies but none more vaunting than this one marking its sixtieth anniversary. The Long List Anthology Volume 3. This book is about an unwilling dark sorceress navigating (and surviving) Scholomance, a place filled with monsters, where even breakfast can kill you. I read the last hundred pages well into the night, gasping and sobbing. Doyle as he teams up with the enigmatic Crow and they both scour London to find Jack the Ripper. NOOK Book … The incomparable and stellar N.K. 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. Brown, including enemies-to-lovers romance, ancient evils, a competition, and all the backstabbing. For those seeking a supernatural Sherlock Holmes mashup, I give you The Angel of the Crows. 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. 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. 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. Tender Is the Flesh, by Agustina Bazterrica. I read a horror anthology book targeted for children (I … This post contains affiliate links. The 60 Best Fantasy Books of All Time Whether you’ve sat around waiting for your Hogwarts letter or looked for Narnia in the back of a closet, you've probably dreamt of stepping into your favorite fantasy books and leaving the real world behind. While a new release for 2020, this compendium allows us to explore renowned fantasy stories from the end of World War II to 2010. There are so many books to enjoy and so many to still to look forward to releasing later this year. It’s not easy to compress epic fantasy into a novella, but Nghi Vo does so with astonishing skill. Dark feminist fantasy? The aesthetic established by J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, let’s just say. October 1981. 1980. And this school of magic, Scholomance, tries to kill its students. “There’s something for everyone in this amazing anthology, and it will certainly provide hours of entertainment for anyone who reads it.” —San Francisco Book Review “Spanning six decades (1951-2007), The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: 60th Anniversary Anthology is an all-star cast of short stories the genre can be proud of.” Less a fantasy series and more a complex dedication to world-building. Anthology. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! The Book of Dragons: An Anthology by Jonathan Strahan. The book is about Linus Baker, a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth who is sent to an orphanage determine whether six magical children might bring about the apocalypse. This anthology came out just before the quarantine, and Den of Geek covered it here. This a strong fantasy debut by Roseanne A. This may be geared toward young adult readers, but while the stories occasionally embrace YA themes and tropes, they work tremendously well for an adult audience, too. 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. 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. 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. Her twin brother’s wedding approaches and she must decide who she is and will become. It’s a delightful, fun-filled supernatural mystery. @alanajoli, Alana Joli Abbott is a reviewer and game writer, whose multiple choice novels, including Choice of the Pirate and Blackstone Academy for Magical Beginners, are published…, Trail of Lightning: Rebecca Roanhorse Brings Indigenous Futurism to Urban Fantasy, ebook retailers that supports indie bookstores, A Legacy of Slavery in Queen of the Conquered & The Deep. This is a novel that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. Stewart makes a strong epic fantasy debut with The Bone Shard Daughter. And if you’re interested in reading a lead-up to the novel, you can also check out Jemisin’s story “The City Born Great” on Tor.com. Important quests to save the world. One of those was the 2001 anthology The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, which was rereleased as an ebook from Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy in late March. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. If you’re looking for different sub-genres of fantasy, check out our new high fantasy, best YA fantasy, and best epic fantasy lists. This is a superb feminist fantasy about a handmaiden who befriends the emperor’s lonely wife and becomes a tale of rebellion, love, hope, and anger. This short story first appeared in @RebeccaSky's Sunkissed Summer Fantasy Anthology. This companion volume to 2017’s The Book of Swords is the last anthology to bear the name of revered editor Gardner Dozois (save for next year’s The Very Best of the Best, which will act as a sort of capper to his decades editing The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology series)), who passed away earlier this year (his regular co-editor, George R.R. A bandit walks into a coffeehouse. Empire of Dreams is set in the same world as the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy but is a standalone novel. 1995. This book has been described as Sherlock Holmes fanfic, and it’s a fair description: easter eggs and nods to characters and arcs are scattered throughout. The stories don’t shy away from themes of justice and prejudice, and there’s a really lovely range of romantic relationships and gender representation included for an anthology focused on girls. London, England, United Kingdom About Blog Jo Fletcher Books is part of the Quercus family, a small but perfectly formed list publishing the very best in best science fiction, fantasy and horror. It’s important to note that, while all of the below are from Tor.com publishing (as they publish novellas as individual books), it is by no means the only place to find fantasy novellas. Carson focuses this book on an orphan who joins the Royal Guard, intent on protecting those dearest to her. 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. 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. The Ten Most Influential Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology/Anthology Series. There he meets the orphanage’s master, who is determined to keep the children safe. Small Beer Press has published some of my favorite collections, and Cotman’s glorious book certainly makes the list. Follow three sisters who join the suffragists in New Salem in the late 1800s, and then add some witchcraft to the mix. Instead of a wife, however, he finds himself with a husband—one whose daughter had her skin stolen years before. This is part of a duology, too, so once you’re done, be prepared to make grabby hands for the follow-up. The Top Epic Fantasy Books. In Come Tumbling Down, we return to fan favorite characters Jack and Jill from the Moors. 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. Let me introduce you to do the feminist queer fairytale you didn’t know you needed. 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. A crown princess and a refugee are brought together, both with the intention of killing the other. Yet, after 300 years of persisting through such an existence, Addie finally stumbles across a young man who remembers her name. But the genre isn’t all witches, wardrobes, and whimsy! 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. Um, yes please. Anthologies can also be a fantastic way to introduce you to the works of writers you haven’t previously read—or to follow the world of a favorite author through a different venue. Jemisin said on Goodreads that The City We Became starts where the story leaves off. Star Wars The High Republic: Light of the Jedi Review, The City in the Middle of the Night Review, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman To Become Audio Drama, Introducing A Brand New FREE Quarterly Magazine From Den of Geek, How EVE Online Is Changing Players' Lives for the Better. Specifically, the stories “Exhalation #10” by A.C. Type: Anthology Publisher: Harper Voyager ... Top New Fantasy Books in April 2020 Ship of Fates by Caitlin Chung. The below list is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully it’s a great jumping off point for you to get in on the escapism too. 1. “Breadcrumbs” by M. Reed gives a naughty Hansel and Gretel their just desserts, and Kenley’s excellent “Seeing Red” shows Red Riding Hood as a capable young woman determined to catch a werewolf for her husband. … 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. 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 However, no woman has survived recruitment year. Lewis The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. For those looking for a dark fantasy that revels in its villains and enemies-to-lovers romance, this is the series for you. With the dumpster fire that is 2020, I have been unapologetically escapist in my reading. This list will focus on novellas published as books. October 1983. 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. For those looking for a mix of gothic, horror, and dark fantasy, this is the book that will having you licking your lips for more. Add their growing attraction, and things get real interesting. All of them push the idea of what Latinx SFF can be. A fight ensues. This is a beautiful and magical tale of revenge, romance, and revolution. 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. Caldwell and Danielle Page both poke fun—with some clear, fannish love—and modern vampire YA, in their own charming teen romances. As a huge fan of Clarke’s The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke’s new novel is sure to be another triumph. 1. When I hit chapter one after reading the deliciously dark prologue (I love prologues) and a priests painted a line of blood on the protagonist’s face, I was hooked. The problem is: the ghost won’t leave him alone. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. I have been unapologetically escapist in my reading commitment but Good Omens is a powerful about! 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