Fantasy Fiction

The Emperor of the Eight Islands is a thoroughly engrossing tale that echoes the mediaeval warrior tales from Japan. The Darkwood looms large in the background and there are mythical beasts, dangerous spirits and magic everywhere. It is an entertaining and beautifully written tale that rushes along to a climax with no let up in… Read More

Joe Hill is a very clever man. Let’s start with that. Why is he clever? Well for one thing he’s published under the pseudonym Joe Hill instead of taking his birth name, Joseph King, a name given to him by his father, Stephen King. Yes, That Stephen King. This was a shrewd move by Joe… Read More

It is 4999: the year of Atania. Lasandria, an ancient and glorious civilisation, has just been destroyed in a horrific episode of destruction and violence. Ardonis, High Priest of Lasandria, brings the matter to the Council of Elders at the Court of Shanadon in the realm of the Guardians. The Elders, comprised of six men… Read More

Acclaimed historian Eleanor Herman begins her historical fantasy series, Blood of Gods and Royals, with the exciting novel, Legacy of Kings. This book is a vivid reimagining of the political and personal experiences of Alexander the Great, his family and peers. Destiny is sure to entwine the lives of the sixteen year old Prince Alexander… Read More

Tu, by Patricia Grace

Tu is the story of a young Maori boy and his family, and what happens when he leaves his home to fight in World War Two.  It’s the story of Tu and his family, both his families, tied by blood and kinship. He enlists against the wishes of his mother, being too young, too precious.  His… Read More

Every now and then I pick up a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it is so very refreshing, like taking a sip of a cold drink on a hot day. Wicked Charms, by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton, is just such a book. The witty, intelligent, tongue-in-cheek style is a nod to… Read More

Wicked is the story of The Wicked Witch of the West, that famously scary villain from The Wizard of Oz. It is a chronicle of her life from the day of her birth, through her infancy, her adolescence and her murky middle years, right up till the arrival of Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto… Read More

“A young hero. Barbaric monsters. An impossible quest.” Matthew Reilly’s Troll Mountain has all the ingredients necessary to create an action-packed fable for all ages. In an isolated valley, in a tribe of humans live Raf, a scrawny 17 year old, and his younger sister Kira. After being orphaned as children, thanks to a rogue troll and… Read More

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