Reviews tagged "high fantasy"


Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher

When I first started reading books by Jim Butcher last summer, I told myself that his books were good bad fantasy — you know, cheesy brain-candy that’s just well-written enough that it’s a lot of fun to read. But midway through Cursor’s Fury, when I found myself tensely turning pages in order to find out […]


Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

The First Lord of Alera — who has no heir — is growing old, and political upheaval seems to be on the horizon. Amara, a young woman recently confirmed as a member of the First Lord’s elite ‘secret service’, finds herself caught up in the middle of the developing conflict when she unearths a plot, […]


The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint

This is one of Charles de Lint’s earliest works, and although it was an okay read, I must say that I don’t see how he has managed to become relatively popular. Probably his later forays into the more urban-fantasy style worked better (I haven’t read any besides a couple short stories). This story follows a […]


Lirael by Garth Nix

Lirael has never felt at home among her people, the second-sighted Clayr, because she has never been granted the Sight herself. Her only consolations are her work in the great library of the Clayr and her companion the Disreputable Dog, a strange and magical creature who bounded into her life when a spell went awry. […]


In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillip

Prince Ronan of Serre has recently been devastated by the death of his wife and infant child. In his grief, another marriage is the farthest thing from his mind, but his conniving and wrathful father Ferus has already planned a second wife for him — Princess Sidonie of Dacia, a politically shrewd match. Needless to […]


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Fifteen years after the civil war in which Lord Eddard Stark helped put his friend Robert Baratheon on the throne, he reluctantly accepts Robert’s request to leave his home of Winterfell to help with administration in the capital. Even before he leaves, however, Eddard finds that his predecessor may have been murdered, and soon he […]


The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

After a long and increasingly disasterous military career that left him betrayed and sold as a galley slave, Lupe dy Cazaril has finally escaped to his native land of Chalion. With literally nothing let but the clothes on his back, he limps back to the castle of Valenda, hoping to beg a lowly position from […]


Abhorsen by Garth Nix

The sequel to Lirael is much more fast-paced: in fact, the book is largely a race. Like all good quest stories, the heroes have to get somewhere, and they have to get there in a pounding hurry: this time it’s to rescue Sameth’s friend Nick, now possessed by the Destroyer, and stop the necromancer Hedge […]


The Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip

The king of Raine has just died, and the old mage Vevay is attempting to train his daughter Tessera, a shy young woman who shows no talent for ruling whatsoever. Meanwhile Nepenthe, an orphan raised at the Royal Library of Raine, receives a new manuscript for translation; at the same time she meets Bourne, an […]


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book is, in many ways, a typically clichéd high fantasy epic. It takes place in a pseudo-medieval setting; it features inns, and stew, and bandits, and demons, and traveling entertainers. (I kept thinking of The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.) It’s even the first book in a trilogy. Yet somehow it avoids becoming completely clichéd […]