100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels by Nick Rennison, Stephen E. Andrews

By Nick Rennison, Stephen E. Andrews

Delusion is without doubt one of the so much obvious genres in pop culture - we see the construction of magical and imagined worlds and characters in every kind of media, with very powerful fan bases in tow. This newest advisor within the profitable Bloomsbury Must-Read sequence covers paintings from a variety of authors: Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Michael Moorcock, Rudyard Kipling and C.S Lewis to very modern writers similar to Garth Nix and Steven Erikson. in an effort to extend your variety of studying or deepen your knowing of this style, this is often the easiest position to begin.

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Magic and its attendant beings, the Elves, have returned from time’s abyss, reigning over our descendants, while the fallout of previous millennia has resulted in mutations: some people have evolved into dwarves, gnomes and trolls. Young Shea Ohmsford is a human-elf hybrid, who, as our story opens, does not realise that he is of royal blood. Urged to find the fabled sword of Shannara by the druid Allanon, a somewhat unreliable narrator whose talent for misdirection is balanced by his generally benign nature, Shea must undertake a perilous quest to defeat the malign Warlock Lord, all the time evading the demonic Skull Bearers, the be-winged nemesis of Shea and his bold companions.

The Land of Laughs is a book of enigmatic originality. A strange combination of fantasy and mystery, it draws readers into a world where fiction has a chillingly literal ability to recreate and reinvent reality. 26 LEWIS CARROLL Read on Bones of the Moon; Kissing the Beehive; Black Cocktail Graham Joyce, Dreamside; Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale LEWIS CARROLL (aka CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON) (1832–98) UK THE ANNOTATED ALICE (edited by Martin Gardner, 1960) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking Glass (1871) are amongst the most acclaimed novels for children ever written, revealing the bizarre, nonsensical dreams of their charmingly stubborn and self-possessed heroine.

The innocent archetypes of pussy cat and puppy dog are usurped by werewolves and vampires in these vignettes, which re-examine familiar characters like Beauty and the Beast, Puss-in-Boots and Little Red Riding Hood, from a knowing, lusty perspective. Yet Carter’s stories are more than academic exercises in unveiling the obvious Freudian symbolism of folk-tales: instead, they remind us of the vitality of simple storytelling. All fire, ice, blood and semen, Carter’s faerie yarns are as honest as they are clever, lively in their clipped lushness, crafted with a 29 100 MUST-READ FANTASY NOVELS consummate wordplay that is breathtakingly ardent.

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