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Top 5 Fantasy 2019

10/12/2019
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugos’ Ninth House is a dark fantasy that explores privilege and power set in the real yet secret clubs of Yale University
Jade War by Fonda Lee
Jade War by Fonda Lee takes her 1970s Kung Fu meets Godfather inspired fantasy series to new heights.
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
Ann Leckie’s The Raven Tower uses Shakespearean tales as a scaffold to explore the nature and power of belief.
Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo de Toro and Cornelia Funke
The novelisation of Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke is an effective and affecting reimagining of the film which deepens its European fairy tale roots.
The Ice House by Tim Clare
Tim Clare’s The Ice House is an unexpected sequel to his debut The Honours, which takes the tale in original directions.

Honourable Mentions

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff uses Lovecraftian tropes against their author to explore racism in the US
Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjalmsson
Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjalmsson is dark urban fantasy based on Icelandic mythology
Lost Acre by Andrew Caldecott
Lost Acre by Andrew Caldecott is the triumphant final volume in the highly original, very English, Pythonesque Rotherweird trilogy
Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
Rebacca Roanhorse’s Storm of Locusts is the second in her Navajo-mythology inspired Sixth World series (review pending)

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