We’re living in an exciting era for fantasy literature, with a lot of really interesting approaches to magical worldbuilding. But I’ve still never read anything quite like Kai Ashante Wilson’s novella Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, which was part the first batch of Tor.com’s new line of short novels recently. [Full…
It’s now official: George R.R. Martin’s next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, won’t come out before the next season of Game of Thrones. That means we’re going to be living in a world where the TV show is continuing the story beyond where Martin himself has told it.
George R.R. Martin’s epic-fantasy setting of Westeros is highly addictive, and for good reason. It’s such a richly imagined world, with such a rich backstory, there’s enough material to obsess about for years. And his new book, collecting his “Dunk and Egg” stories, showcases just what a great setting it is.
The David Gemmell Awards were established and first awarded in 2009 to honor the late David Gemmell by recognizing exemplary fantasy novels. Now in its seventh year, the three awards have honored some of the best recent fantasy novels.
Now that Game of Thrones has depicted most of the major events from George R.R. Martin’s books, it’s harder and harder to picture those characters and situations any other way. Maybe this will help.
Can MTV really pull off the insane challenge of adapting Terry Brooks’ Shannara books for television? Check out the first teaser trailer, and hear about the panel we just watched at San Diego Comic Con— and decide for yourself!
Two different groups of scary fanatics went on a rampage in the latest Game of Thrones episode, and it was pretty upsetting to watch, even by Thrones standards. The Sons of the Harpy and the Sparrows both want to restore old traditions, and they both build on the weaknesses of two very different queens.Spoilers…
Ken Liu has plenty of awards for his short stories, and with his debut novel, he's likely to earn acclaim as a novelist as well. The Grace of Kings is an ambitious, astonishing, and sublime work, one that both exemplifies and diverges from what one might think of when it comes to epic fantasy. It should rank…
Ken Liu is one of the most award-winning and acclaimed writers of the past few years. And today sees the publication of his first novel, The Grace of Kings, which is already getting rave reviews. We'll have a review later this week, but first here's an an exclusive excerpt.
What is best in life? Seeing a classic sword-and-sorcery hero brought to the big screen, with an iconic bodybuilder in the lead role. But how did Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian become such a classic film? The path to glory was long and twisted. Here's everything you never knew about the making of Conan.
Last year, we really dug Brian Staveley's debut fantasy epic, The Emperor's Blades. The trilogy's second volume picks up from the first, and Staveley delivers a solid and suitably epic adventure that ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window.
In Joe Abercrombie's spellbinding Half a King, Yarvi gets raised to a throne, only to be cast down into slavery and exile. But what's Yarvi up to in the sequel, Half the World? Find out, in our excerpt from the new book, on sale Feb. 17.
Most of us have at least a vague idea of how we think George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and the Game of Thrones TV series, will end. But those expectations are shaped by the usual course of epic fantasy — and as Winter is Coming points out, Martin has maintained an ambivalent, arms-length…
Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels will be excited to see the legendary Sand Snakes appearing on Game of Thrones this spring. But some people's enthusiasm was slightly tempered when the first set photos of the Sand Snakes appeared, revealing... armor with nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton says this was a…
Few recently announced movie projects have inspired more excitement — and more "please don't fuck this up" trepidation — than the movie based on Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. The good news? The movie has a writer, and she sounds like she has some real storytelling chops.
As an editor at Pyr Books, Lou Anders has published tons of fantasy novels of all stripes. But now he's crafted his own fantasy novel, Frostborn, in the sword-and-sorcery tradition that goes back to Conan. But what's the difference between "epic fantasy" and "sword and sorcery"? Anders explains.
At long last, Tad Williams is writing a sequel trilogy to his groundbreaking Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy, which helped redefine what epic fantasy was capable of.
Brandon Sanderson's new book Words of Radiance debuted at #1 on the New York Times Besteller List. What does he think is the secret of his popularity, and the reason for epic fantasy's resurgence? We asked him, and he explained why epic fantasy is ready to take it to the next level.
Robin Hobb has made a huge name for herself as an epic fantasy author. And now we've got the exclusive cover reveal for her next book, Fool's Asssassin — plus the first excerpt!