New Article by Will: Joseph Campbell, the hero's journey and epic fantasy - What are the steps that a hero must go through in order to become a hero?
If you are a real fan of fantasy and in particular the Arthurian saga you might want to consider the works of T.H. White. The Once and Future King
The Scholor, the Sphinx and the Shades of Nyx - A wonderful new book. Learn more here
Medieval: The Book of Loss - Is the first installment in the Medieval Series. Read More here
The Tanarian Chronicles, starts with the book ARISE A HERO. It takes a wonderful new look at Merlin and what actually happened to him. Check out more here.
New Author Spotlight: Kristen Reed is an artist, musician, filmmaker and writer. Check out her novel THE KINGS COUNCIL here.
Blood Divided by Kevin James Breaux - This is the second novel in the Soul Born Series - Read more about it here.
New Article: The Art of Creating Races in Fantasy - by Jack Pflug
Epic Fantasy Novel in the Spotlight: The Crystal Realm Krytor's Return by C.J. Ballantyne
Two Worlds. One Enemy. A young boy's amazing journey into a lost subterranean world. Hanging around his neck is the only hope for all mankind. In an epic urban fantasy, the first book of the Crystal Realm trilogy will take you to a world like no other. Nathan, a 17 year old boy in possession of a mysteriously powerful crystal pendant and being pursued by a rogue leader of the Ku Klux Klan, flees through the massive underground labyrinth of the Mammoth Caves in an effort to save his life. Read more here
Author Spotlight: R.L. Austin - He has written Wizard's refrain and Dark Side of the Mirror by R.L. Austin Wizards Refrain took 26 years to write and it was worth the wait! Check them out here
New Book Review: Hellbent by Cherie Priest (review by Michael Cummings)
Vampire thief Raylene Pendle doesn't need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex-Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can't resist an old pal's request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress .... Read the Review here
The Last Summoner - Historical fantasy
A Historical Fantasy novel that explores the time period surrounding the Battle of Grunwald in 1410. Learn more here
Kings, Queens, Heroes & Fools
Demonic love, valiant battles, and foolhardy heroics await readers
New Fantasy Guide - "Fantasy GEMS" These are fantasy books that every fan should read. They range from the old to the new. Some of them you have heard of and some of them you might not! Fantasy Gems
New Fantasy Guide: Conan the Barbarian - There is an awful lot of conan stuff and for good reason, he was the original tough guy bad a$* Swords & Sorcery Super hero! I lay out a nice guide for you to the best books, the books written by other authors and even some books that take place in the same world of Conan (Aquilonia). The Fantasy Guide to Conan the Barbarian
New article: Fantasy For Tough Guys - Well fantasy with tough guys in it. Here is a look at some of the sword wielding bad#$% heroes in the genre of Epic Fantasy: The Fantasy Guide to Tough Guys
Amazon has announced it's best of 2010 in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Check it out here I have selected out the fantasy books from both the editor's picks and the customer favorites.
New Fantasy Guide to the best Viking Historical Novels - This is a very fast growing segment of the fantasy genre. Check out our recommendations here: The Best Viking Historical Fantasy books
New Fantasy Guide to the best Norse Fantasy - This is another very fast growing segment of the fantasy genre. Check out our recommendations here: The Best Norse Fantasy Novels
- The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend The Tides of Avarice is the first novel in a brand new and exciting fantasy series set in the mystical world of Sagaria. This book combines charm and humour in a delightful tale filled with a motley assortment of characters.
- Lord of the Crooked Paths (including Master of the Fearful Depths) For untold ages before the birth of Zeus, Kronos, Lord of the Titans,
ruled the world. A giant among giants, the most powerful and revered of
all the gods, his unmatched strength and intelligence forged a Golden Age among the Immortals.
- Save Magic City by Rocsanne Shield Includes information about the book, an excerpt and an interview with the author.
- Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time) This novel is set to be released on Nov 2, but you can pre-order your copy now. pre-order Towers of Midnight
- New review by Fantasy Author ML Hamilton: The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara, Book 3) Read The Review here
- New Book Review: The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara, Book2 )This is the latest review by Guest reviewer and fantasy author ML Hamilton. Read the review here
- New: Book Review (Armageddon's Children) by guest reviewer and Fantasy Author: ML. Hamilton. In this, the first of a new fantasy series Brooks melds the World fo Shannana and the post apocalypic world of his Word and Void series. Read the review here
New review: The Viking Series by Tim Severin This is a great series of books in the Viking HIstorical Genre. Review by Rebecca Wilson The Vikings Trilogy
A review of the Robert Low Oathsworn series of Viking novels. The Whale Road, The Wolf Sea the White Raven and The Prow Beast.
New: An Epic Fantasy Youtube adventure. Follow along with my adventure. It all starts with a mysterious gravestone and it carries me half way around the world to Egypt on a quest to find the mysterious sword of lightning. This is a series of youtube videos you can watch right here on this website.
New Book Review by a guest reviewer and fantasy writer (Jim tate)
The Sowers of Thunder by Robert E. Howard - Howard created more than Conan. Read the review about this collection of four of his lesser known yet amazing works: The Sowers of Thunder
A Tribute to Frank Frazetta -He was an icon in the fantasy world painting for books, movies and Album covers and he just recently passed away. I take a look at some of his work and show why it was so fitting for the fantasy genre: The Day the Colors Died
Will's Summer Reading Guide - I have put together my summer reading guide for this summer (2010) with recommendations based on some of the great authors in the genre and recommendations based on Amazon.com's Summer Reading preview so you get the best recent books and the best books to be released this summer. Will's Summer Reading guide is here
Want To Write some Fantasy Book Reviews? Do you read a lot of Fantasy books? Would you like to write reviews for this website? Would you like to write just one review? I would love to publish your written review on this website!!! I need all the help I can get
Fantasy Sites worth looking at. I look for creative fantasy sites, not your typical run of the mill kind of stuff. If you have a fantasy site send me an email! I may put it here.
FREE KINDLE FOR YOUR PC A Note from Will: Don't have a kindle but want to give it a try? Amazon has a Kindle version for your PC. Yup, you can get the kindle software totally free and read kindle books on your computer. It is a great way to see if you might like it. Here is the webpage where you can download it. Kindle for the PC
Act of Redemption by C.C. Cole First Book Of The Gastar Series: Act Of Redemption
Author C.C. Cole takes an imaginative walk on the darker side of fantasy in her new book, Act of Redemption . Her heroine, Shevata, takes center stage to overcome an unthinkable evil force. In the story, Shevata battles demons, survives imprisonment, and faces the lord of the dead to save the human race. To Cole, author and history buff, Shevata is much more than a post-apocalyptic heroine Read more here
- Dark Lady's Chosen (Chronicles of the Necromancer) Read More Here This is the fourth installment in Gail Martin's Chronicles of the Necromancer series.
Treachery and blood magic threaten King Martris Drayke's hold on the throne he risked everything to win, while in Dark Haven, Lord Jonmarc Vahanian has bargained his soul for vengeance as he leads the vayash moru against a dangerous rogue who would usher in a future drenched in blood.
Special Note: Gail Martin is releasing her next novel (The Sworn) in Feb 2011 but she has pre-released some fun and interesting materials including interviews with some of her characters! I love this. You can read the interviews and learn more about the pre-release goodies which include a podcast and except from the novel here: The Sworn pre-release goodies
"They are creatures of blood and dream." During the thirteenth century, in the northwest of England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable middle-aged Irishwoman and her little troupe are trying to drive their three wagons across the Pennines before the heavy snows set in. Read more here
- New: The present years of Fantasy - this is all about multi-book series and movies
- A continuation of the History of Fantasy - In this second part I look at the middle years of fantasy from 1937 with the publication of "The Hobbit" to 1977 with the publication of Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara - the Middle era of Fantasy
- The roots of the fantasy genre - My article on how it all started. What was the first book of modern fantasy? This article shows you all the important early works and how they grew into what we now consider to be the fantasy genre. - The Roots of the Modern Fantasy Novel . If you are a fan of modern fantasy some of these books should be in your library!
- I have updated my Fantasy Guide to Swords and Sorcery - Sure, everybody knows about Conan but did you also know about the Robert E. Howard predecessor to Conan? His name was Kull. The Guide to Swords and Sorcery
Breaking News: (March 15, 2010) HBO Is producing a series based on the George R.R. Martin book A Game of Thrones. It is tentatively scheduled to air in the Spring of 2011 and it has some heavy hitter actors in it. This is not your typical TV epic fantasy project. Read more about it here: HBO Series A Game of Thrones
The Month of Zephram Mondays: The very first of the Zephram Tales (A Preteen Fantasy Adventure Novel) Read more about it here including an interview with the author.
Robin Hobbs Latest Dragon Book is set for release soon. Harper Collins has made the first chapter of this book available as a free pdf. You can get the pdf, learn more about the series and even check out all of Robin's books here: Dragon Haven
The Fantasy Guide to Vampire novels - Looking to adventure into the sub genre of the vampire novel? Or just looking for a new series to start? I have a brief history of the vampire novel and some of the modern popular works here: The Fantasy Guide to the Vampire Novel
A Note from Will: I have picked my top three from this list. You can see my picks here. Will's Picks from the Amazon best of 2009
Best selling fantasy books - Looking for the best sellers? I have compiled lists with links to the fantasy best sellers both by Publishers Weekly and Amazon.com Best Selling Fantasy Books
Check out all the exciting things about the Amazon Kindle. You can learn more about it or order yourself one. If you already have a kindle I have lists and subjects to help you find free fantasy novels or find novels within certain subgenres of fantasy. The amazon kindle
Guest Reviews: Alannah reviews her favorite fantasy books for teens and young adults
- her favorite fantasy books for Girls and Young adults here
- My second Guest Reviewer: Alyssa also makes recommendations for Girls and Young adults here
I have added a new series of books to the Big List of Fantasy Series. These are the Wars of Light and Shadow books by Janny Wurts. The Book shown at left is the first book in the series ( The Curse of the Mistwraith (Wars of Light & Shadow, Book 1) You can see a listing of all the books in the series on the listing page here. Epic Fantasy Series.
Will's Summer Epic Fantasy Reading - Bring an Elf or Dragon to the beach with you!
Here is my selection of summer reading in the genre. There are new installments in favorite series and books from promising newcomers. Summer Reading List (2009)
The Fantasy Guide Summer Reading list for teens, tweens, and young adults. Looking for some great fantasy books for the kids? Here are some of my best pics and they include some old classics and some new masterpieces. Summer reading for kids
Pixar Announces they will be Doing John Carter of Mars The Edgar Rice Burrroughs John Carter of Mars series of books has been picked up by Pixar to be made into a movie. Read more about it and check out the wide variety of books in the series. Frank Frazetta also did some covers for these books. John Carter of Mars Stuff
New Online Game: Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Released May 23 2008 - Finally a game for those of us over 18 who love online games but want something we can really sink our teeth into. Robert E. Howard can deliver! This game has a new and revolutionary combat system, an extensive crafting system and well, lots more. And it is the first game to be rated M17 ! Whoa. Could this be the heir to the Warcraft throne? Learn more about the game, read the press release and see some videos here. Age of Conan
New For Writers: (May 12) How to write a fantasy novel that is unique and different. Do we really need another Farm boy turned hero novel? Nope, and here is some advice on making your writing better.
New: The Fantasy Guide to upcoming Fantasy Movies: There are of course a lot of movies in the works and a fair share of them are fantasy related, many based on famous or best-selling books like The Elfstones of Shannara, Here, there be Dragons, and Where the Wild Things Are;' Get a look at the list of some of these movie scheduled for this summer, next year and beyond
New Article by Guest Author: Searching for the Romance In Speculative Fiction by Robin Hazeltine - Robin brings up some good points in this article. Why does speculative fiction tend to focus on the big picture of conquering worlds and slaying evil lords while the most important aspect of being human is often left out?
New Article by A Guest Writer: Archetypes in Fantasy Writing by Marilyn Peake - This outstanding essay gives us a look at some of the major archetypes in fantasy writing such as the hero, the child, the princess, and the mother. Read the Article here (And be sure to check out her website for more!)
100 Hours of work and the Biggest Weblink guide there is! (over 1,000 links)- It is the big book of science fiction and fantasy links and it is a testament to my setting goals too high! But hey, if you like scifi and fantasy on the web you might like it. It's all broken down into a variety of topics. Iif you have a website and would like it included in the listings send me an email. The Big Book of science fiction and fantasy weblinks
Middle Earth - stands alone as the greatest fantasy creation of all times. And it is no wonder that it lives on stronger than ever. It continues to grow, evolve and spread its beauty in many different ways. There are two very big developments in the world of Middle Earth that you can enjoy and they are both being released this month. Middle Earth:A New Book and a Video Game
The Fantasy Guide to reading Myths - Want to read about King Arthur, or the Ancient Roman and Greek Myths? Myths have stayed with us for thousand of years for a reason! They are good! And relevant to us as human beings. My fantasy guide takes two different approaches to enjoying this genre Bulfinch and Campbell - Two approaches to myth
Looking for a fantasy book to read? Get advice from the writers - I have put together a list of favorite authors and books that comes from an online fantasy writers group I belong to Read their recommendations
New Article for fantasy writers - The internal conflict is more important than the Dragon When writing fantasy it is easy to let your imagination soar. And while this may wow your reader it will not make the connection you really need to make.
Free Fantasy Books in the public domain Fantasy is an old genre and because of this there are some really great books that have gone into the public domain which means you can get them for free. Here is a guide to some of the best public domain fantasy books and authors. -Read the Guide-
Prehistoric Fantasy! ? Sabre Tooth Tigers, Wooly Mammoths, cave people and yet still get a good smattering of archaelogy and anthropology This is an interesting sub-genre of fantasy - Learn More about Prehistoric Fantasy
Get Reading Recommendations from a Librarian - Looking for a fantasy book to read? Check out the Boston Public library guide to fantasy books for adults. Fantasy Books
Interested in Medieval Music? Here is an interesting article on the history of medieval music Medieval Music
Always wanted to learn how to draw fantasy characters and subjects? Check out the Fantasy Art School. It is totally free and you learn how to draw fantasy subjects while you learn how to draw. Fantasy Art School
Child Fantasy Books - Looking for a fantasy book for children? Something other than Harry Potter? Here is a nice little article that covers some of the best fantasy books for children.
The Fantasy Guide to Child fantasy Books
Medieval Helmets - There is an interesting blogpost on the Heroic Dreams blog about the history and construction of Medieval Helmets. It includes pictures The Medieval helmet
New Website for fans of Medieval Knights - The Knight-Medieval.com website is a nice site all about medieval knights. It has lots of information and resources about knights, their weapons, their chivalry and their history. Go to the knight medieval website
Bad and Good News for Hobbit Fans - The good news is that there is a movie version of The Hobbit coming out. But the bad news is that Peter Jackson won't be directing it. And this is some really bad news. Read more
The Dark Tower's Last Stand: Stephen King & Epic Fantasy An article about Stephen King and the Dark Tower series - IT is the rare writer that can transcend genres and Mr. King is that rare writer.
Did Dragons Really exist? I ran across this interesting website. Are these the archaeological remains of a dragon? Look for yourself.
There's a New Essay in the writers section. Its called: Use Your Journal to Dramatically Improve Your Writing - The Easy Way
-Medieval Castles and Siege Engines - Today we take a look at Medieval castles and Medieval siege warfare - Check out the links on our spotlight page. There is also a link to a site devoted to haunted castles.
The Squidoo Lens on Epic Fantasy - Lenses are specialized little sites that focus on specific areas. If you want good information about a specific subject you should check squidoo.
Always dreamed of making your own fantasy game for your Xbox? Microsoft has announced their software package for you to make Xbox games on your computer! It's Called XNA Game Studio Express Read more about it
Shoppers advice to successfully experiencing amazon
The Guide to finding what you want on Amazon.
Looking for a fantasy book but have trouble finding what you want at Amazon.com? We have a guide that will help you quickly find the best works. There are amazing bargains to be had and you should harness the power of other readers lists and guides.
How to Make a fantasy video game - A nice in-depth and step by step tutorial on how to make an RPG for free. Includes software download and lots of pics.
The Webmasters Links - Links to the variety of work the webmaster has on the web.