Book Genres (Staff): Fantasy

February 2017

The Hike By Drew Magary

Summary:
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a very strange world.  
 
Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.

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July 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale By Katherine Arden

Summary:
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay

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October 2017

The Half-Drowned King By Linnea Hartsuyker

Summary:
Betrayed by his usurping stepfather during his return trip to his ancestral lands, young warrior Ragnvald Eysteinsson resolves to exact revenge at the side of Norse fighter Harald of Vestfold, who is rumored to be a prophesied king.

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November 2017

The Name of the Wind By Patrick Rothfuss

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This suspenseful coming-of-age story folllows Kvothe as he recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.

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April 2018

How to Stop Time By Matt Haig

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A man with a secret rare condition that has enabled him to survive for centuries moves to London to become a high-school history teacher and considers defying his protective guardians' rule against falling in love when he becomes entranced by a captivating colleague.

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July 2018

The Scribe of Siena By Melodie Winawer

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Taking an unexpected trip to a Tuscan city to settle her brother's estate, a grieving neurosurgeon discovers the journals and paintings of a 14th-century artist before finding herself transported through time to the artist's world just prior to the outbreak of a devastating plague.

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October 2018

The Poppy War By By R.F. Kuang

Summary:
An epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the violent history of China's 20th century, follows the efforts of an unexpected, dark-skinned war orphan to obtain an education at Nikan's most elite military school in spite of prejudice and the challenges of her lethal
shaman skills, which raise her awareness about the existence of gods and the imminence of war.

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December 2018

Spinning Silver By Naomi Novik

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Deciding to collect on the outstanding debts owed her family of moneylenders, a young woman is overheard boasting about being able to turn silver into gold by the creatures who haunt the wood, in a reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story.

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January 2019

Foundryside By Robert Jackson Bennett

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A thief in a city controlled by industrialized magic joins forces with a rare honest police officer to stop an ancient evil ritual that endangers thousands of lives.

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