Seattle Picks: Fantasy

The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon By Bradley, Marion Zimmer Book - 2001 FIC BRADLEY 2001 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 9 copies

Annotation:Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote magical fantasy with elements of mythology from a feminist perspective. Also try: C. J. Cherryh, Katharine Kerr, Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, Jennifer Roberson, Judith Tarr and Sarah Zettel.

Moon Called
Moon Called By Briggs, Patricia Book - 2006 SCI-FIC BRIGGS 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 3 copies

Annotation:Patricia Briggs writes an urban fantasy series with romance elements featuring mechanic Mercedes Thompson. Set in Washington’s Tri-Cities area with werewolves and vampires, the first book is "Moon Called." Also try: Kelley Armstrong, L. A. Banks, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Richelle Mead, J. A. Pitts, Cherie Priest and Kat Richardson.

First King of Shannara
First King of Shannara By Brooks, Terry Book - 1997 SCI-FIC BROOKS Available in some locations

Annotation:Terry Brooks writes epic fantasy with wizards, elves and other magical creatures in his long-running Shannara series. Start with the prequel, "The First King of Shannara." Also try: Alex Bledsoe, David Eddings, David Gemmell, J. Gregory Keyes, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Margaret Weis and Janny Wurts.

Storm Front
Storm Front By Butcher, Jim Book - 2009? SCI-FIC BUTCHER 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 6 copies

Annotation:Jim Butcher is best known for his Dresden Files series, which is urban fantasy featuring an enigmatic P.I. Start with "Storm Front." Also try: Mike Carey, Simon R. Green, Kevin Hearne, Tanya Huff, Seanan McGuire, Daniel O’Malley, Michael D. Resnick, Diana Rowland, Rob Thurman and Chuck Wendig.

Autumn Bones
Autumn Bones By Carey, Jacqueline Book - 2013 SCI-FIC CAREY 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Jacqueline Carey writes fantasy featuring a strong female protagonist and elements of romance that bend toward the erotic. Also try: Ilona Andrews, Anne Bishop, P. C. Cast, Kate Elliott, Laurell K. Hamilton, Karen Moning, Anne Rice and J. R. Ward.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane By Gaiman, Neil Book - 2013 FIC GAIMAN 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 17 on 29 copies

Annotation:Neil Gaiman is a cult figure in fantasy, with the Sandman graphic-novel series, and dark visions tinged with terror and urban cool. Also try: Piers Anthony, Peter S. Beagle, Jonathan Carroll, Charles de Lint, Joe Hill, Kelly Link, Martin Millar, Michael Moorcock and Mervyn Peake.

Wizard's First Rule
Wizard's First Rule By Goodkind, Terry Book - 1994 SCI-FIC GOODKIN 1994 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 7 copies

Annotation:Terry Goodkind is the creator of the epic-fantasy series The Sword of Truth, which features wizards and magic in tales of war and adventure. Start with "Wizard’s First Rule." Also try: Terry Brooks, Blake Charlton, Sara Douglass, David Farland, Raymond E. Feist, Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis and Tad Williams.

Blood of Dragons
Blood of Dragons By Hobb, Robin Book - 2013 SCI-FIC HOBB 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 12 copies

Annotation:Robin Hobb writes character-driven fantasy filled with intricate plots and political intrigue. Also try: Peter S. Beagle, Stephen R. Donaldson, Kate Elliott, Lynn Flewelling, Ursula K. Le Guin, Micky Zucker Reichert, Patrick Rothfuss and Tad Williams.

Sister Mine
Sister Mine By Hopkinson, Nalo Book - 2013 SCI-FIC HOPKINS 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Nalo Hopkinson brings Caribbean history and mythology into fantasies featuring strong women of color. Also try: L. A. Banks, Steven Barnes, Tobias Buckell, Charles de Lint, Tananarive Due, Walter Mosley, Gloria Naylor and Patrick Ness.

The Eye of the World
The Eye of the World By Jordan, Robert Book - 1990 SCI-FIC JORDAN Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 16 copies

Annotation:Robert Jordan wrote the long-running Wheel of Time series in the epic-quest fantasy tradition, beginning with "The Eye of the World." Also try: Peter V. Brett, Steven Erikson, David Farland, Terry Goodkind, J. V. Jones, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks.

River of Stars
River of Stars By Kay, Guy Gavriel Book - 2013 FIC KAY 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 20 copies

Annotation:Guy Gavriel Kay writes leisurely paced historical fantasy with complex characters and ornate world-building. Also try: Anne Bishop, Lois McMaster Bujold, Charles de Lint, J. Gregory Keyes, Robert Silverberg and Michelle West.

Bastion By Lackey, Mercedes Book - 2013 SCI-FIC LACKEY 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 15 copies

Annotation:Mercedes Lackey is a prolific author of character-driven fantasies with elaborate histories, readable prose and strong feminist elements. Also try: Kristen Britain, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jennifer Fallon, Diana Wynne Jones, Lynn Kurland, Jane Lindskold and Karen Miller.

A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones By Martin, George R. R. Book - 2005 SCI-FIC MARTIN 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 29 on 24 copies

Annotation:George R. R. Martin writes epic fantasy with substantial characters, political intrigue and violence, with plenty of surprises. "A Game of Thrones" is the first book in his best-known series. Also try: Joe Abercrombie, R. Scott Bakker, Jesse Bullington, Glen Cook, Steven Erikson, Robin Hobb, Richard K. Morgan, Patrick Rothfuss and Tad Williams.

Dragonflight By McCaffrey, Anne Book - 2005 SCI-FIC MCCAFFR 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:Anne McCaffrey is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series, a character-driven fantasy filled with dragon lore and adventure. Start with "Dragonflight." Also try: Marion Zimmer Bradley, Dave Freer, E. E. Knight, Elizabeth Moon, Naomi Novik, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Jo Walton and Martha Wells.

Embassytown By Miéville, China Book - 2011 SCI-FIC MIEVILL 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 19 copies

Annotation:China Miéville writes layered, erudite, genre-bending novels in fantasy and science fiction. Also try: Paolo Bacigalupi, Iain M. Banks, John Crowley, Nick Harkaway, Robin Hobb, Ian McDonald, Haruki Murakami and Jeff VanderMeer.

The Color of Magic
The Color of Magic By Pratchett, Terry Book - 2007 SCI-FIC PRATCHE 2007 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 26 on 7 copies

Annotation:Terry Pratchett writes fantasy and science fiction infused with ideas and a heavy dose of humor. His Discworld series begins with "The Colour of Magic." Also try: Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony, Robert Asprin, Jasper Fforde, Tom Holt, A. Lee Martinez, Christopher Moore, Robert Rankin and Kurt Vonnegut.

Name of the Wind
Name of the Wind By Rothfuss, Patrick Book - 2007 SCI-FIC ROTHFUS 2007 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 28 on 18 copies

Annotation:Patrick Rothfuss is the creator of the Kingkiller Chronicle series, which features strong world-building and a complex, mercurial magician who dares to question the edges of understanding. Begin with "The Name of the Wind." Also try: Daniel Abraham, Saladin Ahmed, Lev Grossman, Karen Miller, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Peter Orullian and Tad Williams.

Homeland By Salvatore, R. A. Book - 2005 SCI-FIC SALVATO 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:R. A. Salvatore hooked Dungeons & Dragons fans on the Forgotten Realms series, which features the heroic dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden. Begin with "Homeland." Also try: Terry Brooks, Steven Brust, Jim Butcher, David Drake, Kevin Hearne, P. C. Hodgell, Robert E. Howar and Margaret Weis.

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings By Tolkien, J. R. R. Book - 2004 SCI-FIC TOLKIEN 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:J. R. R. Tolkien, the grandfather of epic fantasy, set the standard with "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Also try: Poul Anderson, Terry Brooks, Dave Duncan, David Eddings, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, George MacDonald and L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Shadowmarch By Williams, Tad Book - 2006 SCI-FIC WILLIAM 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Tad Williams writes epic sword-and-sorcery series including Otherland, which begins with "City of Golden Shadow," and Shadowmarch, which starts with "Shadowmarch." Also try: Carol Berg, C. S. Friedman, Fritz Lieber, George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Roger Zelazny.

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These are some of our favorite fantasy writers, whose works represent a variety of different styles, along with some suggestions for further reading.

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