Top 5 Fantasy 2021

Beowulf by Maria Dahvana Headley
Maria Dahvana Headley’s Beowulf retranslates and reinterprets a classic of English literature make it both visceral and relevant
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Shelley Parker-Chan delivers a distinct, slightly fantasic version of 14th Century China in She Who Became the Sun
The Stranger Times by CK McDonnell
CK McDonnel takes up and knocks out of the park the tricky comedy / urban fantasy combination in The Stranger Times
New Zealand author Chloe Gong uses Romeo and Juliet but also real events in 20th Century history as her jumping off point for this propulsive fantasy duology set in 1920s Shanghai
The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar
Lavie Tidhar draws on Western and New Weird sotry telling approaches to tell a deeply affecting story about love, longing and loss in The Escapement

Honourable Mentions

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan
Anthonty Ryan kicks off a new fantasy series with Game of Thrones vibes in The Pariah
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Syvlia Moreno-Garcia proves she can work in any genre delivering a Mexico-city set vampire tale in Certain Dark Things.
Hyde by Craig Russell
Craig Russell’s Hyde uses the classic tale of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hydas its basis to deliver a procedural with horror elements
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
Laura Purcell continues to effectively channel Victorian-gothic in The Shape of Darkness

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