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Recommended Fantasy - Epic Fantasy & Fairytales

Doing a little fantasy gift shopping for yourself or your favorite reader? Books are always a good choice. Here are a few book suggestions for high fantasy, fairytales and legends, or you can browse the SF/Fantasy Book Reviews at BellaOnline. Also see Recommended Fantasy Books - Kids & Young Adult and Recommended Fantasy Books - Modern Magic & Dark Fantasy

High Fantasy
The Chronicles of the Raven series by James Barclay
The Raven is a group of mercenaries in the warring nation of Balaia. Their complete trust and loyalty to each other has given them a long and successful career that boasts a perfect record. After a major mistake leaves one of their members dead, a few begin to consider retirement, feeling themselves too old for the fighting. But first, they agree to take on one last assignment; to escort Denser, a mage from the dark Xeteskian college whose mere existence offends the Raven's own mage.
While the Dawthief spell saved them from the Wytch Lords, it left a huge rip between their dimension and that of the dragons. Sha-Kann is furious that the Raven set a spell in motion without even thinking of the consequences. After selecting a dragonene from their own ranks, he charges them with finding a way to seal the rip before the other broods can fight though the Kaan defenses.

Midwinter by Matthew Sturges - a review
A once decorated leader in the Fae military, now convicted of treason and sentenced to life, is sent on a mysterious mission to gain his freedom.

The Books of the Cataclysm by Sean Williams
The Crooked Letter Seth and Hadrian Castillo are mirror twins, a fact that makes them important to the supernatural forces of the world. When Seth is killed, the link he has to Hadrian serves as a bridge between the first and second realms sparking a cataclysm
The Blood Debt The world is a drastically different place, one full of elemental magic, supernatural creatures and the threat of "the void beneath."
The Hanging Mountains The Sky Wardens journey to the Hanging Mountains in search of the source of the flood and find age-old enemies under attack from an ancient evil.

The Crown Rose by Fiona Avery
Part historical fiction, part fantasy, this novel follows the imagined life of Isabelle of France. Since the death of her father, the royal line has been protected, even advanced by the Order of the Rose, three sisters who seem to have mystical powers.

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin
This epic fantasy series follow the fierce power struggle to gain control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westereos. Titles in the series so far are A Game of Thrones, A Clash of King, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons

Septimus Heap Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage
Sarah and Silas Heap believe their seventh son died in infancy the same night Silas found a baby girl left in the woods. Now ten years later, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia has revealed that their daughter Jenna is actually a princess.

Fairytales & Legends

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
In the five hundred Kingdoms, there is a magical force called the Tradition. When the Tradition finds a person in the right circumstances, it covers them with magic and pushes them down the path of a fairytale. A Fantasy Romance!

Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur by Jane Yolen
Young Arthur is the newly crowned king, but there are many who still question his right to rule, most notably the North Witch, Morgause. Her four sons are heading to court and rumor has it that there is an assassin among them.

No One Noticed the Cat by Anne McCaffrey
Prince Jamas is just about to take his place on the throne when his regent, the magician Mangan, dies. Mangan has left behind his cat, Niffy who take a liking to the prince. Eventually Jamas come to trust the cat and even seek out his advice on matters of state, as well as well as whom to marry.


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