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Fantasy Fantasy

Outrageous flights of imagination, bloody tales of war and magic, sweeping epic adventure, strange other worlds or just the wonderful at the bottom of the garden; fantasy is the genre where there really are no limits.

This Month's Featured Books

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series of lightweight and terribly witty Victorian adventures to feature the cases of Miss Aphrodite Lane and Mr Jasper...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
A Dance With Dragons
George R. R. Martin
Magnificently descriptive and eloquent, Dreams and Dust continues to bring to life a realm and characters so real, you feel you can reach out and touch them. Martins ability to compose a substantial and tangible world is absolute. The beginning...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams

The Witchwood Crown
Tad Williams
With a cast of hundreds - humans, giants, dragons, trolls, Sithi and Norn - The Witchwood Crown is epic fantasy as it used to be: classic, grand and sweeping and...

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Reader Reviewed The Fireman
Joe Hill
Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like a plague, they all emerge at the same time. Recent...

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time
Matt Haig
How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn...

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors
Justin Cronin
The epic doomsday scenario trilogy comes to a triumphant conclusion after ten years or so with this final and much-expected volume, following the visceral impact of The Passage and...

The Month Before's Featured Books

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods
Neil Gaiman
Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The Dark Tower
Stephen King
Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

Beren and Luthien by J. R. R. Tolkien

Beren and Luthien
J. R. R. Tolkien
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien's manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Luthien will reunite fans of

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary...

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows
Cassandra Clare
In a Nutshell: Epic fantasy packed with passion and paranormal intrigue There are dark dangers and dilemmas aplenty in this glamorous, gripping sequel to Lady Midnight, second in The Dark...

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

A Storm of Swords
George R. R. Martin
A beautifully presented slipcased edition of A Storm of Swords, the third novel in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire series; the first part continues to reinforce the...

The Never King by James Abbott

The Never King
James Abbott
A new legend begins ...Xavir Argentum is rotting in gaol. Sentenced to life in the squalor of Hell's Keep, punishment for an atrocity he didn't commit, the once legendary commander...

Heart of Granite by James Barclay

Heart of Granite
James Barclay
Fantasy readers will likely be familiar with Barclay’s engaging bunch of bickering heroes The Raven. Rightly praised by David Gemmell, The Raven novels brought a welcome humour to the...

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist
Renee Ahdieh
A sweeping, action-packed tale of murder, betrayal and one girl's courage set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan from the author of The Wrath and the Dawn.

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Song of the Current
Sarah Tolcser
June 2017 NewGen Debut of the Month. A thoroughly enthralling fantasy that brims with swashbuckling adventure and enchantment. Seventeen-year-old Caro Oresteia is inextricably bound to the...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary...

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Simon Spanton, formerly Associate Publisher of Gollancz, the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK, joined the editorial team of Lovereading in 2016 with a brief to select and review the very best titles in the fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror including those he believes may become the stars of tomorrow.

Whether you want to join Jonathan Strange on the magic-haunted streets of London or Jon Snow and the rest of the Night’s Watch on the wall Fantasy is the genre for you. Authors from Joe Abercrombie to Zen Cho have turned the modern fantasy genre into one of the most exciting and imaginative genres around. They’ve brought magic and wonder, heroes, heroines and people like you and me, together in stories that will delight, scare and mystify you. Whether you want the romance and deceit of court, the shadows of a great city’s alleyways, the clear air of a mountain range, the terrors of a bloody field let fantasy take you to new realities.

There are characters for everyone; Scott Lynch’s charming conmen, Liz William’s artful magicians. Fantasy has worlds for all; Ursula le Guin’s Earthsea, George RR Martin’s brutal Westeros, Ben Aaronovitch’s contemporary London, Naomi Novik’s dragon haunted version of our 19th century. And the genre has a style for each and every reader; whether the playful literary trickery of Angela Carter or the imaginative epic adventures of Peter Brett. Somewhere here there is a story for everyone, so follow us and let your imagination run wild.

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