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Top 5 Fantasy 2020

14/12/2020
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Susanna Clarke returned after a break of fifteen years to explore the Labyrinth in Piranesi – ” a gem of modern fantasy”
The City WE Became by NK Jemisin
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.
The Last Smile in Sunder City and Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold
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.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
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
By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar
Israeli author Lavie Tidhar reimagines the Arthurian legend in his bawdy, irreverently reverent retelling By Force Alone
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley
Natasha Pulley revisits familiar characters and sends them to late 19th C Japan in The Lost Future of Pepperharrow.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
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

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