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Fantasy Literary Fiction

In the Shadow of Time – Kevin Ansbro

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15 November 2021

Inheritance

Kevin Ansbro is an author who excels in raising your spirits and immersing you in an absorbing novel. Full of enthralling action and clever humour, In the Shadow of Time is Kevin’s latest book, and it had me lost for words for a long time after I finished it. I’m glad…


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Medusa – Jessie Burton

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5 November 2021

Vigilant

Jessie Burton’s retelling of the Medusa story turns several of the recognised elements about Medusa on its head. This book asserts the tale of a woman as fascinating as anyone in Greek mythology and certainly one of the most tragic. Burton’s interpretation of Medusa is not the stereotypical fixation of a…


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Fantasy Short Stories

A Spindle Splintered – Alix E. Harrow

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24 October 2021

Fractured

To say fairy tales are only full of fun, magic, and songs would be a false assumption. From the Grimm Brothers, regional folklore, and Disney, there is a sinister side in most tales; whether it be narcissism or murder, child abuse or kidnapping, evil spells and witches, or some…


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Fantasy Historical Fiction Thriller

The Shadow in the Glass – JJA Harwood

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9 September 2021

Before sharing how I feel about the story, I’d like to point out how beautifully and cleverly written The Shadow in the Glass is. Somehow, Harwood successfully makes the black-eyed woman appear on every page, despite only appearing when Eleanor summons her or when she whispers into Eleanor’s mind,…


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The Trouble with Peace – Joe Abercrombie

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20 April 2021

Scheming

The fantasy world that Joe Abercrombie created going back to the First Law trilogy is astounding in its depth and detail, with its own history, society, politics and culture. This is what it means to create an otherworld. I have visited this fantasy world for many years and been…


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Fantasy Historical Fiction

Circus of Wonders – Elizabeth Macneal

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2 March 2021

It’s May 1866 and Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders, full of living curiosities, comes to the coastal resort where Nell lives. Nell grows miniature flowers to sell in London and is regarded by locals as a ‘freak’ because of her prominent birthmarks. Nell’s father sells her to Jasper for…


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The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow

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18 January 2021

Labyrinth

A book within a book always adds intrigue and sates a personal delight that a treasured possession of bound pages can be the catalyst for a fantasy adventure. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a highly imaginative mystery that is cleverly structured around the concept of magical doors into other…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Tigerlilja – Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

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13 November 2020

Origins

Tigerlija is a highly imaginative story shaping a fantasy telling of the birth of Peter Pan and the background of his mother and father. A fantasy world from Asgard that witnesses the fatal love triangle, with unrequited love, jealousies, and revenge. Taiga was a beautiful woman, loved and adored by…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Sanguine Spell – Ahava Trivedi

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8 October 2020

Bewitching

The latest release of Ahava Trivedi’s YA urban fantasy series provides enthralling storytelling that is a joy to read. Sanguine Spell is captivating as it draws you into the adventure Katerina and her friends are on, namely Safi, her boyfriend Ulrich, Natalie and Valenthia. To create a sustainable fantasy series requires…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom – John Boyne

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18 August 2020

Searching

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is a story of human history brimming with mythical vibrancy as we are invited to explore the world through a nonlinear lens. The challenge is to see the progress of a man’s life and his experiences from birth to an elderly grandfather over…

Peter Donnelly
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