I moderated a panel last year on “The Many Faces of Fantasy”at Denver Comic Con. Getting the crowd involved, I asked them to shout out the many sub-genres contained within the Fantasylabel. I quickly ran out of fingers and toes.
My point: Fantasy has a little something for every reader. Into the Victorian era and steam powered contraptions? Try Steampunk. Do you lean toward tales of Horror? Dark Fantasyis for you. Maybe you have a fuzzy spot in your heart for Romance. Yep. Fantasy Romanceis a thing.
This genre could be a month-long blog series on its own, so I’ve decided to share my favorite sub-genres with you:
Urban Fantasy aka Grumpy Magical Character in a Modern City
- The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
- Something from The Nightside by Simon R. Green
- Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore
- Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka
- The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne (Great Author and Awesome Person)
- Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
- A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
- Pariah by C.R. Richards (Shameless Plug)
High and/ or Epic Fantasy Adventures
- The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Dragonbone Chair and its series by Tad Williams
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- The Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks
- Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan (YA)
- The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
- The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney (YA)
- Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman (Sub-genre is my opinion)
- Heart of the Warrior series by C.R. Richards (Shameless plug!)
- Phantom Harvest by C.R. Richards (2014 Best Fantasy Award Winner)
Have I missed one of your favorite books? Please share in the comments. I’m always looking for good books to read.
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