Seattle Picks: Fantasy
Annotation:This posthumous story is chock-full of colorful, sometimes magical, characters, a down-to-earth love story and exotic world-building in this gentle finale to a trilogy beginning with The Anvil of the World.
Annotation:In a stark and violent world where demons rise to kill at night, three survivors separately set out to battle the demon incursion. How long can they survive the night and how will their stories intertwine?
Annotation:Fifteen-year-old Mistaya Holiday gets expelled from a girl’s prep school on Earth for using magic, after which her parents send her to oversee Libiris, Landover’s library, where Mistaya discovers a startling secret. (Magic Kingdom of Landover series #6)
Annotation:Pregnant and alone, Fawn flees her village and is rescued from dark magic by Dag, a Lakewalker, putting Fawn in contact with a people she was told to fear in a tale that weaves fantasy, adventure and romance. (Sharing Knife series #1)
Annotation:Wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden discovers that some seriously evil vampires kidnapped his daughter. Racing to save her, Harry faces old enemies and makes hard decisions that irrevocably alter his fate. (Dresden Files #19)
Annotation:In the world of Nicodemus Weal, magician apprentice, spell casting involves spelling. Unfortunately, his “misspells” may either end the world or save it, depending on how fast he can learn to use his untapped talents.
Annotation:P.I. John Taylor’s job of escorting an elf through Nightside gets complicated. Supernatural oddities abound in a world with a transvestite crime fighter and werewolves in this hard-boiled urban fantasy. (Nightside series #10)
Annotation:Fifteen ailing dragons in the Rain Wilds forests must be transported up the river in order to thrive. A dragon scholar and a teenage tree-dwelling mutant accompany them on their journey. (Rain Wilds chronicles #1)
Annotation:After her mother is murdered, Yeine Darr is summoned to Sky’s capital to fight her cousins for the throne. In her struggle for the kingdom, Yeine must also come to terms with the ruling gods. (Inheritance trilogy #1)
Annotation:The gift of 250 Sardian horses pulls Tai away from his hermitic existence into the heart of the intrigues of eighth-century China’s court, a place where the simplest decision can mean disaster or death.
Annotation:Twin cities that physically coexist set the stage for this fantasy police procedural that dazzles in its complexity, further establishing Mieville as an inventive, genre trailblazer.
Annotation:Captain Laurence leaves seafaring life behind when a captured dragon egg hatches and he finds himself honor-bonded to Temeraire, an intelligent dragon he will train to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. (Temeraire series #1)
Annotation:In post-apocalyptic Africa a young sorceress, Onyesonwu, the product of a rape, finds her growing powers connect her to the Okeke. Could she be the prophesied one who might save them from genocide?
Annotation:A brutal head injury gives Seattle private eye Harper Blaine the ability to see and travel into “the Grey,” a hidden realm where vampires, witches and ghosts dwell in a shadow land that parallels the city’s inhabitants. (Greywalker series #1)
Annotation:Idrian princesses Siri and Vivenna arrive in neighboring Hallandren unprepared for the political upheaval and strange magic of their new land and find their allegiances challenged by reincarnated gods.
Annotation:The beautiful, cultured city of Windwir is destroyed and the only survivor is a guilt-ridden android named Isaak who bands together with tribes of the Named Lands to seek out the enemy. (Psalms of Isaak saga #1)
Annotation:Mythical lore, rich historical references and far-flung adventure make this portrayal of the fight between the academic Society of Angelologists and the half-angel Nephilim over an ancient artifact a mesmerizing, exciting read.
Annotation:Three researchers in 2060 Oxford travel in time to World War II where their areas of study become gritty reality. Much like in Doomsday Book, the past is brought vividly to life through a contemporary lens.
Annotation:Fairy sisters Serena and Meteora are sent to Earth as they carry knowledge that threatens the Fairy Queen, but navigating the modern world and mortal bodies proves difficult. Will they be allowed to return?