Phil, Queen's Square | January 11, 2021
Let’s face it, the world is wonky. The days are getting shorter and the desire to hibernate is increasing every day.
If only there was a way to get away so completely. Perhaps disappear or get lost for days.
Wait! What?! Is that a book that fell off the shelf? A fantastical epic. Hundreds of pages of world building to get lost in? Point me in the right direction O magic one!
If you love Tolkien, George R.R. Martin or Terry Brooks, there is a new crop of fantasy writers with books just for you.
Let’s start with the standalone titles, no previous reading experience needed.
Both Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst and Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston are pure world building fantasy; Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay is more a near-future horror (let’s call it fantasy adjacent) tale about a virulent strain of rabies; while Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey is a post-apocalyptic romp through the American West (which is full of librarians)!
Established fantasy writers also have some new books, all first in a series: City We Became by multi-time Hugo Award winner N.K. Jemisin asks what if a city has a soul? Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart features a crumbling empire, magic, and remarkable world building along with a cast of fully developed characters.
If you truly want to get lost on a winter’s night, check out Network Effect by Martha Wells (fifth book in the Murderbot Diaries) or Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty the third and final book in the Daevabad trilogy. You’ll be reading to spring if you go through both series.
We all have our winter strategies. Why not get lost in some epic reads!