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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.
In 1977 the first volume of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant hit the bookstalls. Five books later his characters and world had developed into a magnificent series of adventure and breathtaking enchantment, a true phenomenon: an epic fantasy instant bestseller that has now sold millions and millions of copies across the world. You really would appreciate this one, the first of three in the Last Chronicles sequence - more fully if you had read those first six books but Donaldson is very good at recapping so you do not necessarily need to. This starts ten human years after the close of the last or 4,000 of ‘the Land’s’ years. If you haven’t read the early books it would be unfair for me to tell you too much now. If you have, then you will appreciate how wonderful it is to be back in his world. This is a truly stunning work with depth, sensitivity, warmth and intelligence. An absolute must for fantasy fans. Comparison: J R R Tolkien, Tad Williams, Terry Goodkind. Similar this month: None but you’ll love the Terry Pratchett and the Haruki Murakami. The Thomas Covenant titles in order: THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER Book 1: Lord Foul's Bane Book 2: The Illearth War Book 3: The Power that Preserve THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT Book 1: The Wounded Land Book 2: The One Tree Book 3: White Gold Wielder THE LAST CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT Book 1:The Runes of the Earth Book 2: Fatal Revenant Book 3: Against all Things Ending To view all the titles in the sequence click here.
The new girl in High School, she's bored and frustrated by her small town life and then there's the secret that she can't tell anyone. Her mysterious ability she can influence people's decisions, without knowing how, or why ...When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Forening, the home of the Trylle. Everything begins to make sense to Wendy. Among the Trylle, she is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about. The fate of Forening rests in Wendy's hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever ...
July 2009 Book of the Month. First of a new trilogy following Opal’s adventures as she weaves magic into glass. With her unique blend of skills – magician and glass blower – she is the only one who can help the Stormdancers when their way of life is threatened. A novel of love, struggle, storms and magic and thoroughly enjoyable. Comparison: Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea), Janny Wurts (Storm Warden), Anne McCaffrey. The Glass series:1. Storm Glass2. Sea Glass
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2012. Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven. But not quite all...
A Maxim Jakubowski Best Science Fiction selection. The first volume in a fascinating new series. The Demi-Monde is the most advanced computer simulation ever-devised, created by the military as a training ground. Its virtual inhabitants are ruled by some of history's greatest tyrants: digital equivalents of the likes of Heydrich, Stalin, Beria, Torquemeda, Robespierre, and other evil souls. When the US President's daughter is kidnapped and trapped inside the Demi-Monde, it falls to 18-year old Ella Thomas to rescue. her. Fast-moving and compelling adventures in non-reality.
The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it. The premise is that our world contains three types of supernatural being: vampires, witches and demons. They interact with humanity, often as our greatest creative artists and benefactors, but basically they live hidden lives. And what happens when a vampire falls in love with a witch …? Of course, there is so much more here; conspiracy, history, mythology, mystery, ghosts, even the promise of time travel. It’s big in all senses, an epic work, and it’s not over. Start here and then move on to the following two books in this wonderful series. All Souls Trilogy:1. A Discovery of Witches2. Shadow of Night3. The Book of Life In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book. The final novel in the series, The Book of Life was published in July 2014. October 2011 eBook of the Month. One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.
A 2014 World Book Night selection. A Maxim Jakubowski Best Science Fiction selection. Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK New Writer of the Year Award 2011. A new series by a Doctor Who writer (the second volume MOON OVER SOHO is out now) this is an engaging mix that reads a little like a more adult version of Harry Potter and will appeal to both adult and younger readers. Peter Grant is a young probationary constable seconded to Inspector Nightingale, who also happens to be the last wizard in England. Their adventures in an exquisitely-drawn London full of grotesques and untold horror uncover the city's fantastic underbelly and the two characters prove wonderfully endearing. Magic and police procedural make for successful bedmates.
It's 1895; nearly a decade since Mars invaded Earth, chronicled by H.G. Wells in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Wrecked Martian spaceships, back-engineered by Charles Babbage and Nikola Tesla, have carried the Queen's Own Electric Fusiliers to the red planet, and Mars is now part of the ever-expanding British Empire. This is Robert Rankin's Far-Fetched-Fictional Steampunk sequel to THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.
Dr Callie McFay travels to the small college town of Fairwick in New York State for a job interview. Despite it being her second choice she finds herself talked into accepting a job offer from the Folklore Department to teach a class on demons and vampires. She also finds herself drawn to an old house in the woods where Gothic novelist Dahlia LaMotte used to live and buys it on a whim, despite the seeming reluctance of the estate agent to sell it to her. But on the night of her job interview, she had a very vivid erotic dream about a man made out of shadows and moonlight, and this dream becomes a regular occurrence when she moves into her new home. Callie starts to feel like a heroine in one of the gothic novels she teaches as slowly it dawns on her that things at the college - and in her home - are not what they seem. She learns that her house is supposed to be haunted by LaMotte's former lover and her new - and rather strange - colleagues tell her an unfamiliar fairy tale about an incubus-demon with a human past who was enchanted by a fairy queen...
Headline celebrates the 10-year publication anniversary of this extraordinary novel from a storytelling genius. After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break...
Winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award 2010. A strange and compelling murder mystery set in a place like no other. In a unique and seemingly impossible land, two separate cities share the same space at the same time, the inhabitants passing every day and deliberately not seeing each other. The greatest crime is ‘Breach’, moving illegally from one city to the other, which has dire consequences. Citizens live in fear of accidentally committing it but deliberate Breach is swiftly detected and severely punished, so when a dead body from one city turns up in another it causes a special kind of headache for Inspector Borlú who must investigate without Breaching himself. A startling, intense and enthralling read from an award-winning author who has created, in his dark, detached, paranoid world, a truly amazing place. Comparison: William Gibson, Neil Gaiman. Maxim Jakubowski's view...His forte is the lavish descriptions of weird, surrealistic cities and the teeming, bizarre life that inhabits them, but his latest THE CITY AND THE CITY is almost a crime novel, as an investigator delves into a murder and a cross between Chandler and Kafka arises.
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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