Seattle Picks: Fantasy Favorites
Annotation:Two warring armies meet at The Heroes, a desolate valley ringed with stones, for a vicious battle. A large cast of characters narrates the unflinching realities of warfare in a fantasy world devoid of whimsy.
Annotation:Doctor Adoulla Makhslood had given up hunting demons. But when his friend’s niece is killed Adoulla scours his Middle Eastern city for the chief ghul responsible for the murder in a story reminiscent of the Arabian Nights.
Annotation:The Great Khagan’s kingdom is immersed in civil war and his grandson, Temur, finds himself seeking his captured lover Edene with a new wizard and tiger-woman in this first in a historical fantasy trilogy.
Annotation:Egbert, an arrogant member of the elite guard, is hideously disfigured after he callously kills a young student. Unable to end his own life and forever labeled a coward, Egbert journeys to heal his scars and find peace.
Annotation:Gin Blanco, aka “The Spider,” is an assassin whose fervor for revenge is fueled in the wake of her family’s murder and a dirty double-cross in this dark, sexy urban fantasy. (Elemental Assassin #1)
Annotation:Diana Bishop, a reluctant witch, meets Matthew Clairmont, a vampire, at the Bodleian Library when she gains access to a lost, sacred text. From rivals to lovers, Diana and Matthew face thrilling odds. (All Souls Trilogy #1)
Annotation:Caliph Howl inherits Stonehold’s throne during a civil war while his old lover, the witch Sena, spies on her king and seeks the secrets of an ancient text in this medieval fantasy imbued with technological twists.
Annotation:In the desert city of Gujaareh, where dreams are magic, Gatherers collect dreams from the dying. But when Ehiru gathers a foreign diplomat’s dreams, his faith is shaken by the monstrous corruption lurking beneath the world’s surface. (Dreamblood #1)
Annotation:Schizophrenic India “Imp” Morgan Phelps meets a girl or maybe a ghost who resembles the iconic drowned girl in a 19th-century painting in this suspenseful story about the mysteries of the mind.
Annotation:In Budapest in 1939, the last remaining Jewish Lazarus witch, 20-year-old Magda, must race to reclaim the powerful Book of Raziel before Nazi wizards do in this historical urban fantasy.
Annotation:This first in a new trilogy set in the world of Terahnar, imager and scholar Quaeryt, bestowed with the task of assessing the political climate of Tilbor, discovers dangerous, conspiratorial plots afoot.
Annotation:Three damaged heroes bound together over a brutal war are drawn together again ten years later. Immortal and pitiless creatures are making movements against the world of man, as alliances constantly shift in this noir fantasy. (Land Fit for Heroes #1)
Annotation:In a London park Myfanwy Thomas wakes up surrounded by dead bodies with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Nothing is as it seems in this paranormal detective thriller.
Annotation:Only Rainbow Horn can stop The Nameless One and his evil army of ogres, orcs and giants from invading the city of Avendoom. But can the king’s thief find it in time? A bestseller in Russia. (Chronicles of Siala #1)
Annotation:Lord Byron’s physician, John Polidori, now a vampire-ghost, seeks to possess a child bride and haunts the Rossetti family in 1862 London in this paranormal steampunk thriller.
Annotation:Young, idealistic Cayden Silversun, of elven and wizard descent, starts a magical acting troupe with the enigmatic, troubled Mieka Windthistle in this high fantasy tale of hope, destruction, love and politics. (Glass Thorns #1)
Annotation:Steampunk meets alternate history Western in this humorous, action-packed story rife with historical characters like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Thomas Edison.
Annotation:As Kvothe recounts his unbelievable exploits to a traveling scribe, the history of his development as a renowned wizard and his dangerous knowledge of the mythic Chandrian unfolds. (Kingkiller Chronicles #1)
Annotation:Maria and Dante have been secret lovers for fifteen years even though he is a shape-shifter. When she discovers a shape-shifter may be responsible for some recent murders, she questions the secrecy of her bond. (Shifting Circle #1)
Annotation:After her twin sister dies, Mor’s lively diary entries narrate her boarding school banishment while sharing her wry thoughts and voracious appetite for science fiction in this Nebula Award-winning novel.
Annotation:Miriam needs only to touch you to know when and how you will die. So don’t take it personally when she arrives right before you kick the bucket to rob you of the money you won’t need in the afterlife.