Susanna Clarke returned after a break of fifteen years to explore the Labyrinth in Piranesi – ” a gem of modern fantasy” The second Poison War novel is better than the award winning first. Sam Hawke’s Hollow Empire is a page-turning and politically complex fantasy anchored by two engaging leads. NK Jemisin comes off a triple Hugo win with something completely different. The City We Became, first in a new series, is an urban fantasy riff on Lovecraft based around the literal character of the city of New York. Australian author Luke Arnold delivered the first two of his post-magical apocalypse crossed with noir detective Fetch Phillips series. The Last Smile in Sunder City gave the heart breaking back story of Fetch Phillips and Dead Man in a Ditch built cleverly on the world that Arnold is creating. Alix E Harrow’s second novel The Once and Future Witches imagines a nineteenth century women’s suffrage movement that is also powered by witchcraft. Honourable Mentions In Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia draws on gothic traditions to deliver a creepy fantasy horror story set in 1950s Mexico Israeli author Lavie Tidhar reimagines the Arthurian legend in his bawdy, irreverently reverent retelling By Force Alone Natasha Pulley revisits familiar characters and sends them to late 19th C Japan in The Lost Future of Pepperharrow. Veronic Roth moves into more adult territory with Chosen Ones, the first in a new series that explores the psychology of teen heroes after they grow up Add block Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Related Tags: Alix E Harrow, Fantasy, Lavie Tidhar, Luke Arnold, Natasha Pulley, NK Jemisin, recommended, Sam Hawke, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Susanna Clarke, Top Five, Veronica Roth
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