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Mystified by magic? Love to marvel at the magnificence of new realms? Or maybe you love to read about wars fought by strange beings in strange lands… Head off on an adventure with our specially selected fantasy books.
1718: Puppeteer John Chandagnac has set sail for Jamaica to recover his stolen inheritance, when his ship is seized by pirates. Offered the choice to join the crew, or be killed where he stands, he decides that a pirate's life is better than none at all. Now known as Jack Shandy, this apprentice buccaneer soon learns to handle a mainsail and wield a cutlass - only to discover he is now a subject of a Caribbean pirate empire ruled by one Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard. A practitioner of voodoo, Blackbeard is building an army of the living and the dead, to voyage together to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth awaits...
If you betray a Fellowship you are a dead man...Raven and the Wolfpack plough the sea-road in pursuit of the Saxon traitor, Ealdred, who has left the Fellowship for dead and fled to the Frankish Emperor Charlemagne and the promise of untold riches. Sailing in search of revenge, the pagan Norsemen venture into the heart of a Christian empire that would wipe their kind from the face of the earth, a place where danger lies in wait around every bend of the great river up which they travel. A young man with no memory and a blood-tainted eye, Raven has found friendship and purpose amongst this fierce band of warriors. Having proved himself in battle, he is now certain that Viking blood flows in his veins, but to survive this adventure, his cunning must be as sharp as his blade...
Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery and redemption. It's France in 1758, Matthieu Zela has lived his life well. In fact, he's lived several lives well. Because Matthew Zela's life is characterised by one amazing fact: his body stopped ageing before the end of the eighteenth century.
The thrilling, blood-stirring, blood-soaked new chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors. This is the third in the Raven series which just gets better and better with each new instalment. If you like Bernard Cornwell but don't get enough of him then do try Giles Kristian, he won't disappoint.
April 2011 Book of the Month. The fantasy adventure that began with Jenna’s debut novel Wintercraft continues with Blackwatch. In the trade this type of book is called a crossover novel, so was written with teenagers in mind but is a guilty pleasure for grown–ups (e.g Twilight). The heroine Kate is on trial, wrongly accused of murder and hunted by elite assassins desperate to stop her using her powers. Bursting with mystery and danger with a sprinkling of fun and not forgetting some ‘kick ass characters..
A gripping fantasy debut in what promises to be a series of books well worth following. For 50 years the Holy Empire of Mann has been conquering nation after nation but the Mercian Free Ports hold out, protected by massive defensive walls. In an audacious bid to end the siege the son of the ruler of Mann murders a woman under the protection of The Rõshun, an elite group of assassins, and the Farlander and his apprentice are forced into the heart of the conflict.The second book in the series, Stands a Shadow , is due later in 2011.
Mix Philip Marlow and Harry Potter and you come a little way to understanding the phenomenon that is Harry Dresden (Chicago’s first and only Wizard P.I). Zombies, Werewolves and plenty of other supernatural shenanigans abound in this action-packed, fast paced and compelling story as Harry has to rescue his daughter from a vampire with a serious grudge. You don’t need to read the books in order but if you enjoy this wise cracking, adult, urban fantasy you will have many more books to keep you amused and occupied.
This is an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day, when the deadly conflict surfaces between two brothers in modern day Fabletown. Peter & Max is a prose novel.
It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister? All is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, eager to prove herself worth of her illustrious namesake. The written Thursday is soon hot on the trail of her factual alter-ego, and quickly stumbles upon a plot so fiendish that it threatens the very BookWorld itself.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A thriller with a twist, the baddies are the descendants of angels. They have oppressed humanity throughout our history. Based on old Bible passages and strange mythology, it’s a really wonderful idea. Flashing back to 1930’s France for a middle section, it is mostly set in millennial upstate New York as a young nun and an art historian discover that the world holds stranger things than they ever believed. I really hope there’s more to come. The Lovereading view... Reading like fast paced action movie the obvious comparison is with the Da Vinci Code although the inclusion of actual angels gives it a slightly supernatural element. Great characters and a twisting plot line make for a great action thriller, full of suspense and mystery. May 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Good Housekeeping view... Angelology is set to go stratospheric – comparisons with Dan Brown abound and the film rights have been sold to Columbia Pictures. Full of edge-of-the-seat adventure, the book sees a young nun and an art historian uncover proof of the existence of angels, which triggers the hunt for a priceless treasure and reignites a battle between good and evil.
Morag and Heather, two eighteen-inch fairies with swords, green kilts and badly dyed hair fly through the window of the worst violinist in New York, an overweight and antisocial type named Dinnie, and vomit on his carpet. Who they are, how they came to New York and what this has to do with the lovely Kerry - who lives across the street, and has Crohn's Disease, and is making a flower alphabet - and what this has to do with the other fairies (of all nationalities) of New York, not to mention the poor repressed fairies of Britain, is the subject of this book. It has a war in it, and a most unusual production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Johnny Thunders' New York Dolls guitar solos. What more could anyone desire from a book?
January 2011 Book of the Month. Wonderful storytelling is the hallmark of all William Horwood's novels. Here in the first of four, William has returned to his fantasy routes in this epic series that follows the flow of the seasons. The Hydden are little people with big beliefs who live on the borders of the human world and one of them, Jack is sent to live amongst humans in order to try and find a long lost object that is so dear to them but can he and his loved one that he meets in the human world find their true destiny and complete the quest he was set to do and save both worlds? This journey begins in Spring and will continue in Summer and Autumn before culminating in Winter.
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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