"Not all those who wander are lost."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention."
-Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
"Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day."
-Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues
“People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes."
-Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings
"Friends can betray you, but with an old enemy, you always know where you stand."
-Raymond E. Feist, Krondor: The Betrayal
"Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times."
-Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
"Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough."
-N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"Darkness shields as much as it threatens."
-R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye
"So there's an iPhone app for fighting zombies. Interesting.”
-Amelia Beamer, The Loving Dead
“Twenty percent? What am I, your waiter? I got you five vampires, not a BLT.”
-Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead
“I'm steel-toed boots in a ballet-slipper world.”
-Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
“Love is a tempestuous mistress. And none of us shall ever master her.”
-Lisa Ann Sandell, Song of the Sparrow
“His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.”
-Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
“Why is it that what we do know can save us, but what we don't know can kill us?”
-T.A. Barron, Ultimate Magic
“Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.” “That depends... on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”
-Jane Yolen, Briar Rose
“There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.”
-Roger Zelazny, This Immortal
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
"Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?" "That is the only time a man can be brave."
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Ah, pay no heed if your enemies laugh. They'll not be able to once you lop off their heads.”
-Christopher Paolini, Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr

Historical Fantasy

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    Master of the House of Darts
    Aliette de Bodard

    The year is Three Rabbit, and the storm is coming...

    The coronation war for the...

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    The Folded World
    Catherynne M. Valente

    When the mysterious daughter of Prester John appears on the doorstep of her father's palace,...

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    Other Kingdoms
    Richard Matheson

    The Grand Master returns with a bewitching tale of erotic suspense and enchantment….

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    Crucible of Gold
    Naomi Novik

    Naomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Captain Will Laurence and his fighting dragon...

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    Deathless
    Catherynne M. Valente

    Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European...

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    The Black Opera
    Mary Gentle

    Naples, the 19th Century. In the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, holy music has power. Under the...

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    The Alchemist of Souls
    Anne Lyle

    When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgott...

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    The Freedom Maze
    Delia Sherman

    Thirteen-year-old Sophie isn't happy about spending summer at her grandmother's old house in...

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    Jack of Ravens
    Mark Chadbourn

    A quest of epic reach spans the globe under the mythologies of five great cultures. Jack...

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    The Troupe
    Robert Jackson Bennett

    Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious...

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    His Majesty's Dragon
    Naomi Novik

    Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise...

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    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
    Susanna Clarke

    In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, most people believe magic to have long since...

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    Four Freedoms
    John Crowley

    In the early years of the 1940s, as the nation's young men ship off to combat, a city springs...

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    Under the Poppy
    Kathe Koja

    From a wartime brothel to the intricate high society of 1870s Brussels, Under the Poppy is a...

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    Territory
    Emma Bull

    Just as legends and fragments of history from ancient Britain became the Arthurian tales we...

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    A Book of Tongues
    Gemma Files

    Two years after the Civil War, Pinkerton agent Ed Morrow has gone undercover with one of the...

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    Fudoki
    Kij Johnson

    Enter the world of Kagaya-hime, a sometime woman warrior, occasional philosopher, and reluctan...

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    Southern Gods
    John Hornor Jacobs

    Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to...

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    Bring Down the Sun
    Judith Tarr

    Alexander the Great ruled the greatest Empire of the ancient world, but he was ruled by his...

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    The Habitation of the Blessed
    Catherynne M. Valente

    This is the story of a place that never was: the kingdom of Prester John, the utopia described...

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    The Native Star
    M.K. Hobson

    In the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this brilliant first novel fuses...

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    The Patriot Witch
    C.C. Finlay

    The year is 1775. On the surface, Proctor Brown appears to be an ordinary young man working...

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    A Scattering of Jades
    Alexander C. Irvine

    The great fire of 1835 burned most of New York City's wooden downtown. Like many people,...

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    Devil's Bargain
    Judith Tarr

    The year is 1191. The place is the Holy Land, where the knights of Christ are embroiled in a...

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    Shadow of the Lion
    Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint & Dave Freer

    Three writers collaborate on this massive concoction of alternate history, high fantasy, and...

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    The Silver Hand
    Stephen R. Lawhead

    "Before Albion is one, the hero feat must be performed and Silver Hand must reign."

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    Mortal Love
    Elizabeth Hand

    In the Victorian Age, a mysterious and irresistible woman becomes entwined in the lives of...

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    Declare
    Tim Powers

    As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew...

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    The Secrets of Jin-shei
    Alma Alexander

    The epic story of a sisterhood where blood relations are nothing compared to the unbreakable...

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    This Scepter'd Isle
    Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis

    The FarSeers among the Sidhe of Elfhame Avalon have seen two visions of the future. In one, an...

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    Day of the Minotaur
    Thomas Burnett Swann

    It is the Dawn of Time. Dryads, Centaurs, and winged Thriae still dwell in the world of Men,...

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    Bridge of Birds
    Barry Hughart

    When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox found...

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    The Phoenix and the Mirror
    Avram Davidson

    In an alternate Rome, poet Virgil is also a skilled magician. When he's asked to make a magic...

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    Two Crowns for America
    Katherine Kurtz

    It's 1775, and in Europe, an unseen Master peers into a darkened mirror to see the man whose...

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    Sailing to Sarantium
    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the...

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    A Wind In Cairo
    Judith Tarr

    THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any wants or needs but his own, sentenced to a...

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    A Song for Arbonne
    Guy Gavriel Kay

    For the Northern mercenary called Blaise, it began with the death of a king and betrayal in...

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    The Stress of Her Regard
    Tim Powers

    When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced...

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    The Forest of Forever
    Thomas Burnett Swann

    Here in THE FOREST OF FOREVER dwells the last Minotaur, and here too are the other lingering...

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    Tomoe Gozen
    Jessica Amanda Salmonson