Me again with a practical question, as I couldn’t find the answer in the competition description – how are the stories judged? The competition is in association with Swift Publishers so will there be judges from both Fantasy Book Review and Swift Publishers or is it your sole decision?
“The imagination of Steven Erikson can only be marveled at as he breathes new life into the fantasy genre with his new ideas and creations. A work of great skill and beauty.” Fantasy Book Review
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We are delighted to welcome David Kowalski to Fantasy Book Review and hope you all enjoy reading his words on the writing process that created The Company of the Dead.
The Fantasy Book Review top 100 fantasy books. Let us begin with the top 10 fantasy books (in our opinion). Are they the best fantasy books? Great fantasy books? Or just good fantasy books? Why not let us know?Find the latest Fantasy book reviews here. Fantasy as a genre can be very difficult to define but is usually said to encompass stories set in an alternative reality based on imagined fantastical elements like magic or the supernatural. This is the defining difference between science fiction and fantasy, science fiction deals with elements that are theoretically possible while fantasy deals with the improbable or impossible.
Fantasy can be most commonly associated with sword and sorcery stories however the genre can include contemporary (Harry Potter) and humorous (Tom Holt) tales. Fantasy, science fiction and horror can occasionally overlap and generally the term used to describe these novels is speculative fiction.
Fantasy fiction can trace it's roots all the way back to ancient mythology, especially Homer's Odyssey which was written in the 9th century BC. Homer's Odyssey chronicles the fictional adventures of a hero returning to Ithaca after the capture of Troy. The earliest surviving English text of fantasy origins is the poem Beowulf which dates back to 700 AD.
The most recognisable to modern audiences is perhaps the Legends of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. These stories have been told many times from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur (around 1485 AD) to T. H. White's The Once and Future King (1958), Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon (1982) and Stephen Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle (1987).
The series that could be said to bring fantasy into the mainstream has to be Terry Brooks Sword of Shannara series, written in 1977 it was one of the first modern fantasy books to become a new york times best seller. Since then this has been repeated by David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Terry Good Kind and Terry Pratchett.
Here you can find fantasy book reviews from the big name authors to the self published and independant, it's the story that's always the star here.