About Fantasy Book Review plus contact and submission details

Welcome to the Fantasy Book Review about us and contact details page. Here you will find the best way to get in touch with us and a little information on the site’s foundation and ethics.

Submission details

Last update: September 03, 2014

We are currently experiencing an extremely high volume of submissions and we are struggling to review 1 in 50. We have never be able to keep up with the demand for reviews but we do try extremely hard to cover as many titles as possible, and not just from the major publishers but also from the independently and self-published.

So please feel free to email a book’s details through to submissions@fantasybookreview.co.uk and your email will be visible to the site’s reviewers. Hopefully it will appeal and we will be back in touch for a review copy. We can guarantee that every email will be read but unfortunately we are not able to reply to every submission, so please don’t think us rude if you do not receive an email back.

Can you please include the following information in all emails:

Book name:
Book author:
Synopsis/blurb:
Review copy formats available (Paperback, ebook, PDF etc…):
Target audience (Adult, young-adult, child):
Web link for further information:

The Scratch My Back Scheme

On two occasions we trialled a scheme whereby authors anonymously read and reviewed each others’ work. While this led to excellent reviews and allowed us to cover more titles the amount of work involved in organisation, the difficulties that arose from negative reviews, and the failure of a small number to fulfil their obligations left us with no alternative but to put a stop to the scheme. There is little likelihood of the scheme being run again in the future.

Contacting Fantasy Book Review

Enquiries: If you have any enquiries please email contact@fantasybookreview.co.uk

About Fantasy Book Review

Fantasy Book Review first went live in December 2006 with reviews for JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. These were shortly followed by reviews on Steven Erikson’s A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Quartet and the website and its traffic began to slowly but surely gain momentum.

The site’s design was, to be kind, rather basic (please see original logo below) but with the help of a graphic designer it has become a lot easier on the eye.

Why fantasy books?

Image: My fantasy bookshelfIt is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when I subconsciously decided that the fantasy genre would be where I would spend most of my reading time. Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree books form my first memories of being captivated by something that was out of the ordinary and I also have fond remembrances of Joan D Vinge’s Ladyhawke.

And then came The Lord of the Rings.

Nothing can compare to reading THAT book for the first time, it was a magical experience that has seldom (but fortunately not ever) been experienced again. If pushed I would have to say that David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and David Gemmell were the authors that turned me into a fully fledged fantasy-fan.

One of the best things about running a site such as this is that I have read books by authors I would probably not have come across otherwise. We try to cover all bases, reviewing publications varying from the self-published to bestsellers from the major houses. A quick look at the Top 100 will no doubt result in many viewing books that they have already read, or have at least heard of, but there are also quite a few there that most would may not have heard of, little gems that appeared out of nowhere. I think these books are what being a reviewer is all about and  I am currently putting together a section that will highlight these very books.

How it works

All books are read, reviewed, categorised and awarded a rating between 0 and 10. These ratings then determine who and what appears in the list of the Top 100 Fantasy Books. At time of writing the number of books that have been read and reviewed stands at well over 1,000.

A special thank you must go out to all the reviewers who have spent so much of their own personal time reading and reviewing books. Without these saints Fantasy Book Review would be a much poorer place.

I hope you enjoy reading the reviews on this site as much as we have enjoyed writing them.

Lee, Fantasy Book Review

86 Replies to “About Fantasy Book Review plus contact and submission details”

  1. Hello!
    Brilliant site – helps me find my next best read!
    I’ve been trying to send you an email but it keeps failing to send due to full inbox. I was just wondering if there were any book reviewing opportunities available for the website?
    I love reading and really enjoy reviewing books as well. It would be really fantastic to review fantasy books as it’s my preferred genre!
    I have written some reviews previously and have my own blog which I can send in if you would like to see my work if you have any reviewing vacancies.
    Thanks!

  2. Great site.

    I’ve been trying to contact you via email but your inbox is full. Thought I’d try posting a note here to let you know.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Hello…

    First and foremost I love this site! Thanks for the amazing work that you do! I have been able to enjoy many new world’s and wonderful characters because of the work that you all do. I express my gratitude.

    I know that you must be extremely busy with many wonderful books to read and review. Might I suggest a series that I feel would be a great asset to your website. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. These books shaped my childhood, and as cliche and sappy as it sounds, the characters feel like old friends. They are great reads intended for children, however they hold wonderful nuggets of wisdom for older generations as well.

    The series is a coming of age story of young Taran the assistant pig keeper who longs to be a hero. Based in the world of Prydain which is based on Welsh mythology. The series has five books, starting with The Book of Three. They are some of my favorite books. I hope you find the time to try them out. Thanks.

  4. Hi Char,
    This might be the book you are asking about. It is titled, “The Coming Race” written by Edward Bulwer Lytton. It was published in 1871. It is about a subterranean race, with an energy form called “Veil”.
    I hope this is what you are looking for, and that your Mom will enjoy hearing it.
    Cheers
    Mark

  5. Hi Char,

    I’m afraid the book doesn’t ring a bell with me, although I must admit it sounds really good. Hopefully someone else reading this will instantly know the book to which you refer.

    Thanks,
    Lee

  6. Hello…
    Around 20 years ago, Mother lent me an old fantasy book
    I remember it was lost somehow – lent to a cousin or vanished into the thin…
    I cannot remember the title, needless to say she was very disappointed. Now years later the idea of finding that book has popped into my head, I cannot stop thinking how much I would love to read it to her-she has the onset of dementia…
    I waffle…
    The story of a city under the desert, a young man finding a civilisation underground, it had water canals, gondola type boats, buildings, big machinery creating caves and staircases… a utopian kind of existence. Almost Roman like cloaks etc…
    It was a very old book maybe circa late 1800’s? Is there any hope? Kind regards Char.L

  7. Hi Jamie,

    I am not familiar with that book and my internet searches did not return anything remotely close to the book you describe.

    Hopefully somebody reading this page will instantly know the title of the book which you have referred to.

    Thanks,
    Lee

  8. HI,
    I am looking for a novel I read way back in the 1970s. I believe it was a book written by an English author because the setting was under an estate house and the characters were, I believe, anthropomorphic hedgehogs. They lived in a world with 2 conflicting tribes on either side of a lake, and I seem to remember that it was always light. I remember that at the end, the main character, or one of the main characters, wander out from under the house into the grounds and began to revert to being just an ordinary animal. I have tried on several occasions to find some information about this book, which I would dearly like to reread. I was living in Canada at the time and found the book in the Winnipeg public library. Thank you for any help you can give me.

  9. Hi,

    I am a translator from English into French. A French publisher looking for original work in English in the following genres : quality detective stories / fantasy / “atypical” novels or short stories – has asked me to source creative work in English with the aim of producing French translations if they fit in with their editorial line.

    Would you be able to recommend a few titles/authors? They would need to be relatively unknown as yet, and show very good potential as “best-sellers”, possibly worthy of being adapted for TV or film production.
    I look forward to your reply.
    Jean-Paul DESHAYES

  10. Hi There

    I have just finished reading to my son a Amazon Kindle book called ‘Four Wheeled Hero’ based around a young boy named Tommy who is wheelchair bound and his best mate Smithy. Every night I would read him one chapter before he went to bed, and he could hardly wait for bedtime to come to hear the next. The book is very funny as well as having a story line that keeps you glued to the book from start to finish. The reason why I have sent this note to you is the fact that I have never seen a book published where a child in a wheelchair is the hero of the day and as such would give that feel good feeling to any child in that situation who reads it, as it did my son. As a mother it was wonderful to see his face as we worked our way through the chapters, watching the enjoyment and excitement he showed as the two boys followed their quest. I have added a couple prints from the book that can explain it better than me. An excellent book for all children young and old. There are only a few books with disabled children in them as I suppose they are not seen as interesting, but this book changes all of that.

    This is an Amazon Kindle Book and if anyone cannot afford to buy the Kindle Tablet then go onto the Amazon Kindle Book web page where you will find a free kindle app available to download onto PC’s mobile phones etc. This app gives you all of the Kindle Tablet program to allow you the get your copy of Four Wheeled Hero as well as thousands of other titles, some free of charge.

    Best Regards

    Brenda Green

    This exciting adventure story for children will have all lovers of traditional fantasy ‘boy hero’ tales on the edge of their seats until the final word.

    The story has two young teenage heroes, Tommy and Smithy. But this is a children’s fantasy adventure story with a difference because one of the heroes, Tommy, is confined to a wheelchair following a terrible accident.

    The story begins when Tommy is sent a magical stone from his Uncle Bill who is on an expedition in the Brazilian Rain Forest. Bill was given the stone by a village chieftain after he saved his son’s life. He was told that the stone had magical powers so he sent it to Tommy for his stone collection.

    But it turned out to be much more ‘valuable’ than for inclusion in the stone collection for, a couple of days later, Tommy’s father, who is the manager of the local bank, is kidnapped by robbers when they realise that the alarm system has been set and they have to wait until Monday when it would allow the vault to be opened.

    When Tommy and Smithy decide to try to track the robbers down the real power of the magic stone is revealed. This power is that when Tommy thinks of something the stone makes it happen so the robbers are in for some real surprises as Tommy’s wheelchair develops some very unusual and effective weapons and powers. So, with the help of Smithy’s cat, Tiger, who more than lives up to his name, the robbers are taught a lesson they certainly don’t expect.

    This is an exuberant and exciting children’s adventure that will appeal to young and old alike.

  11. That’s great news, thanks Lee. Looking forward to trawling the archives and finding hundreds of awesome books I hadn’t heard of to put on my list.

  12. Hello again CL,

    I’ve recently added a button to all sub-category listing pages (simply follow the “Fantasy sub-genres” link within the main site navigation to access them. The button will read something like “View all high fantasy reviews” and the destination page will list every single review in that sub-genre. This button is on just 3 pages at present but hopefully, by the time you have read this, it will be on all.

    Thank you for helping me make the site better,
    Lee

  13. Hi CL,

    That is a very good question. One that exposes a serious flaw in the site design. I think the best solution, or at least the best short-term solution, would be to add a “See All Reviews” link/option to the sub-genre pages, so that you can see a page with all epic fantasy reviews on, or a page with all steampunk reviews on. I’ll start work on it immediately and hopefully have something live within the week. Thanks for pointing this out, it is quite a large oversight.

  14. I’ve been using this site for several years but can’t for the life of me figure out where the repository of reviews is kept. When I look at the reviews page or by sub-genre it only shows a very few reviews, usually of the most recently reviews books, and the “Top X” pages. Can someone link me to where I can look at the “backlog” of past reviews, please?

  15. Hi guys. I am Michael Kongo, I have written an African fantasy book named ‘Samalisa’ it is a beautiful story that I want to share with the world. the continent of Africa is well known for the war, trouble, famine and so on. I really believe that by creating a new Africa in my fantasy story, I will stir up the new generation of young adult to dream more and aim for gold.

  16. Hi,

    Did you get a chance to look at Mitchell Hogan’s new book “Crucible of Souls”? (Sorcery Ascendant series book1)
    It seem interesting to read from the new author. Kindly review it
    Thanks
    Ramesh

  17. it would be awesome if we can see all reviews and ratings .
    and more if we can search with criterias like rating, publish date, authors etc.
    please think on this…

  18. My friend recently started this series and doesn’t stop talking about things from the books. I caved in and started reading it, the format.. Blargh (I don’t like playwrights/screenplays), but that didn’t stop. The characters vary and are quite realistic.

    I just finished the third book and starting the fourth after my exams. I really want this underrated series to get exposure. Please review this and tell me if you shared the same unexpected love for this author and series.

    Also, not bad for a freebie on my Nook (:

    http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6485153.Michael_Rogers

  19. Hi,

    I am trying to remember a book title. The book starts with a Viking Village set at the base of the white cliffs in England, they take off to go raiding and only a boy survivies, he lands in a strange place and tries to get home. At one stage he stays in a catherdral where he learns from the brothers, he moves on and finds a village where they have a problem with a dragon in a cave. He kills the dragon, and keeps some of the blood. The whole time he is accompanied by a girl who turns out to be a ghost. He gets back to his village in the end, he gives the blood to a girl he likes and they both live forever.

    Please help me.

  20. Thanks Ryan! 🙂

    Looking forward to your wonderful reviews as usual 🙂

    Blood song only available kindle version. No hard copies yet released. The author just tired his hand. Well, he must have done that long time back. He does not release how good he is at writing. Hope to get more out of his work. He is still young and very promising. Hope he makes writing a full time career for the readers sakes!

    Thanks
    Ramesh

  21. Glad you are getting caught up! You have been doing a great job exposing readers to new fantasy fiction! The “Scratch my back” concept is also great with author’s reviewing each others books. Would love to see more of that.

    Thanks,
    Justin

  22. Hi,

    did you check on the new author Anthony Ryan’s – Blood Song (Raven’s shadow book one). Beautiful story telling. Very surprising that author is new. Has great potential to be like RR Martin. Hope the see the review in your site soon.

    Thanks
    Ramesh

  23. I’d love to participate in the “scratch my back” review page. I hope this option is available soon. I’d like someone to review my novel, To Dance in Liradon, from Soul mate Press and I’d be happy to review anyone else’s book.
    Thank you!

  24. I’m interested in the “scratch my back” reviewing page. I’d love to review a book and have someone else review my novel The Witch’s Hand, from All Things That Matter Press. Thank you.

  25. Hi Dillon,

    The additions that Lee mentioned are great reads, maybe the following will also be worth your time. I personally enjoyed The War with the Mein series from David Anthony Durham very much, The Black Magician trilogy of Trudi Canavan and The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. A novel with tending towards more S&S (i think) it the Black Prism by Brent Weeks.

    Enjoy
    Jasper

  26. What a great resource you’ve created! However, you absolutely MUST add Joe Abercrombie, author of “The First Law” trilogy, and the wonderful Kage Baker, author of the Company series (“In the Garden of Iden”, etc) and many others, including fantastic short stories. Sadly Kage Baker passed away FAR too soon, last year, at a very young age. But she’s left behind some really cracking stories and concepts. Joe Abercrombie is still a young man, so we’ll hopefully get lots more from him over the coming years.

  27. That’s a great suggestion Jake, I will look at implementing it this week. I will probably expand the lists to 15 first. We have well over a 1,000 books read and reviewed so it makes sense to display as many as possible.

    Thank you so much.

    All the best,
    Lee

  28. Just a quick suggestion – would it be possible to make the top lists for fantasy sub-genres the top 20 or 30 instead of just the top 10?

  29. Hi there, first of all can I just say what a brilliant job with this wbsite.

    Unfortunately ever since starting with Lord of The Rings, I’ve fallen into the trap of reading High/Epic Fantasy of the best quality: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, George RR Martin and Robin Hobb…Now I’m very much stuck for what to read next and don’t know where to turn? If anybody has a list of suggestions I’d be hugely grateful!

    Basically I love High/Epic Fantasy that is written well with a similar style and QUALITY to those above. Tough ask I know, but i’d be very thankful for some suggestions! I can’ just sit around waiting for the next Stormlight Archive book or A Memory of light!

    Hi Dillon,

    You have indeed read some of the very best the genre has to offer! But I noticed that Steven Erikson was not mentioned – if you have not read his Malazan series then I would strongly recommend it, it really is magnificent (although not to everyone’s taste it seems). I have always loved David Gemmell’s work, which is probably more heroic than high fantasy but once again recommended. Guy Gavriel Kay (try Tigana first), Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea), NK Jemisin (Inheritance Trilogy) and Tad Williams’s works are also recommended.

    Hope this helps,
    Lee

  30. Hi Myla, I love fantasy tales that draw on Chinese culture and history for inspiration. Books I would recommened include Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under Heaven – http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Guy-Gavriel-Kay/Under-Heaven.html, Peter Ward’s Dragon Horse – http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Peter-Ward/Dragon-Horse.html and Alison Goodman’s The Two Pearls of Wisdom – http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Alison-Goodman/The-Two-Pearls-of-Wisdom.html. Cracking good reads, all 3 of them.

  31. Hi,

    I notice a lot of people want to find something Chinese. I just read Horror Stories of Classic Chinese Literature interpreted by Julie Lipson. They’re from 1600s and real crazy. The site is also great. I definitely recommend it.

  32. Hi there
    You are doing a great job here 🙂
    I just would like to recommend Michael J. Sullivan – Riyria Revelations series. Its excellent in that its both interesting as well as hilarious like Bartimeus trilogy. I’m sure everyone will enjoy it. Kindly try to include it in your reviews.
    I’m sure you and other avid readers will enjoy this.
    Thanks
    Ramesh

  33. Hi Ben, thank you do much for your comment. I have added “Brian Jacques biography” to my to-do list and will get one of our reviewers started on his work as soon as possible.

    All the best,
    Lee

  34. After discovering this site recently I looked at the list of authors and found that one of my favorites, Brian Jacques, was missing. While I haven’t read much by him in a while I was saddened by his recent death as his stories of Redwall painted beautiful pictures in my imagination as a child. I understand that it is nearly impossible to have every author and every book in the expansive fantasy genre, but I believe he is one that helped many get their start reading the genre. If you could add him that would be great. Thanks.

  35. Just found out I’ve won a copy of The Long Way Home! What a fantastic way to start the weekend. Cheers!

  36. I’m not having much luck on what 1st award Michael Morpurgo won – can anyone help me out before tommorow. lol just a biography of Michael Morpurgo…

  37. Hi there. Thank you so much for this website!! I grew up hating to read, but loving books and stories… such a cruel twist! lol. A year ago I was introduced to audio books, and a new world opened up! I started and finished the Harry Potter series, then on to the Bartimaeus Chrinicles (Wow btw). I’m now finishing up the last in this series, The Ring of Solomon, having read more books in 6 months than I had in the preceding 33 years! I’m definitely hooked on fantasy novels… but I didn’t know where to go from here, or where I’d find a place I know would introduce me to new books and authors that are right up my ally. Thanks for being just that! Your book reviews and summaries are just what I needed to help me make up my mind!

  38. Hi James, we have certainly identified that our reviews average out on the high side. A lot of that has to do with the high quality of books we are reading.

    Our goal with this site is to sift through all the books out there and find the ones that you should really be spending your time reading, and I think any score greater than 7/10 is pretty good indication that you should give the book a read.

    I have been lucky in that I have hardly read a bad book over the past twelve months, and the one bad book I did read was scored appropriately. For me, the review is not about what score I give it, its about the words picture describing what I liked about the book and what I thought it could have done better.

  39. There seems to be some reviewers who rate over a respectable range, and others who just use the decimals between 9.0 and 9.9. This tends to unbalance the lists, and make a lot of the reviews useless. I’ve noticed most of the comment reviews on the bottom do the same. I would suggest adopting an aggregate system (alongside) like amazon or imdb, because that eventually sorts things out (though you still tend to get either 1 star or 10 star reviews…what’s wrong with 7?). Good site though!

  40. Looking for someone to review my fantasy novel, Halfbreed, now available on Amazon Kindle as an e-book. Any comments welcome!

  41. Hello there! I have recently published a book called “The Legend of Rudwin.” It’s a fantasy story of high adventure. Rudwin and his band of strange friends, including mad old Hobbleweed, set out on a quest of great daring. The quest isn’t as straight forward as it looks, and not to reveal to much, they are all caught up in a trap. I can only say so much here, but please visit my blog http://swwbooks.blogspot.com/ to read the first few chapters to see what the story is like for yourselves. You will find many of my short stories on the blog – they are a mixture of fantasy/weird and strange. You might enjoy them as well!

    Thanks for reading and all the best .

    Sean Wadley

  42. I haven’t started reading the series yet, as I’m a bit wary of each book’s page count, but I have a question for you that I know I shouldn’t be asking: if you could, would you review my chapbook when it comes out? It’s on the borderline of Science Fiction/Fantasy, and the Dragon Empire has entered a two way war with Humans and Crotonians, but it’s not what you think! It’s a chapbook series, 20 (or 50) pages per book (Yes, a chapbook is that short), so it will be a quick yet pounding read 🙂

    I would leave the link for the blog, but then I’d look like an advertiser (well, doing this, I guess I am). Googling it is a better choice. (The Society On Da Run).

    Or maybe I will post part 1: http://thesocietyondarun.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/the-society-on-da-run-dragonwar-part-1/

    and part 2: http://thesocietyondarun.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/the-dragon-reborn/

    So you can see whether or not it catches your interest to read more.

  43. Great list, read all of them. I was disapointed at how low WoT was, and that some great fantasy classics were left out such as The Silmarillion (better than The Hobbit), The Chronicles of Narnia, The Dragonlance Series, The Dark Tower series, the Shannara series and the Belgariad.

  44. Wow such a quick and immediate response! I am amazed! When I logged into my google reader a few minutes ago and visited your pages I noticed straight away that the pages were loading and working like a charm. So I dropped by the contact page and just read your reply. I’m happy to be of assistance and even more happy to get the pages perfectly viewable at my first click! Thanks for the great site both in looks and content!
    Take care!

  45. Hi Antonis,

    Thank you so much for alerting me to this, I had no idea that anything was wrong. You are quite right, it was the query string (the ?utm_source) that was causing issues. This meant that the pages also wouldn’t work on mobile platforms so I am extremely glad that you got in contact.

    I have put a new bit of code in place that hopefully means that the pages will work regardless of what comes after the ?

    Fingers crossed, you should be able to follow links from Google Reader and find a working page.

    Once again, thank you so much for your help,

    Best wishes,
    Lee

  46. Hello Lee,
    for the last month or so there’s something strange going on with the way the pages open up in my browser. I am subscribed to the site and I get the links on my google reader. When I click on the link there to take me to the review page, the review page shows up with a lot of things missing such as pictures, review name and details and review score/rating. If I go back to your homepage and follow the link from there, the review appears normally with all the details that were missing before. Why does this happen ? Is it something on my side of the browser or some code gone awry on the RSS feed ?

    P.S. Just did some “experiments” and noticed that in the feed, the link has this at the end: ?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FantasyBookReview+(Fantasy+Book+Review)&utm_content=FeedBurner
    when this is present the pages don’t appear right in my browser (firefox 3.6)
    Without it (as are the links on the homepage) the pages appear perfectly.

  47. I recently self-published “Revolt of the Animals”, a fantasy novel for teenagers on up about the animals’ efforts to save the world from human destruction. Everything from Chernobyl to the Gulf Oil Spill is covered. The Russians said Chernobyl was caused by control errors. Rubbish.

    It was cased by anopholes mosquitoes and rats, the mosquitoes to put the control operators to sleep and then the rats to cut couplings, turn “off” switches “on” and “on” switches “off”. The aim is to show mankind that he does not have absolute control over the environment.

    The book has been compared to Animal Farm and Silent Spring. May send you a copy for review, or look on amazon.com, or above website. I am seeking an award possibility Thank you,

    David L. Levy, J.D. author

  48. I just finished reading Modern Marvels – Viktoriana and highly recommend it.

    Here’s the Amazon product description.

    The Ultimate Gothic Horror Steampunk novel by Wayne Reinagel, writer/illustrator of the critically acclaimed Pulp Heroes novels and creator of the Infinite Horizons universe. Modern Marvels – Viktoriana. (Be warned – These vampires don’t sparkle!!) A secret fellowship of nine incredibly unique individuals. Trapped in a deadly battle between an ancient evil and the vampire nations. Mankind’s last hope. Featuring an all-star gallery of the world’s greatest Viktorian era heroes, including: Henry Rider Haggard (author of Allan Quatermain & King Solomon’s Mines) as the Warrior, Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes & Professor Challenger) as the Doctor, Jules Verne (the Father of Science Fiction & author of the Voyages Extraordinaires series) as the Merovingian, Herbert George Wells (author of The Time Machine & War of the Worlds) as the Scientist, Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus) as the Oracle, Harry Houdini (the Handcuff King) as the Mage, Bram Stoker (author of Dracula & The Lair of the White Worm) as the Juggernaut, Nikola Tesla (the Master of Electricity) as the Inventor, Edgar Allen Poe (author of The Raven & The Pit and the Pendulum) as the Raven, and Mark Twain (author of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn) as Himself. Also starring: Countess Elizabeth Báthory aka The Blood Countess, Varney the Vampire, progenitor of the undead species, & Aleister Crowley, The Great Beast. And Special Guest Star: Count Vlad Dracula, the Prince of Darkness & Lord of the Vampires. Paranormal investigators and adventurers. Archaeologists of history. Vampire slayers!!

  49. I really dig this site, and I don’t know why it hadn’t hit me before, but my god, why have I failed to suggest that the new collection of Jorge Luis Borges’ “Collected Fictions” that Penguin released be considered for review here??? If any of you are familiar with this author, he is THE GURU of the fantastical! A godfather of it, in fact. Should anyone get the chance, do indeed check out the stories in this collection. They’re mind-blowing to say the least. He is often credited with being the forerunner of flash fiction, too, because he often write very short stories – but note: his mastery of economy and the maze-like turns of his thought created works so powerful and pithy some of them are on par with whole volumes of other authors’ works. One of the few authors to make THIS aspiring author stop and feel just a little like reaching Borges’ level of mastery would be next to impossible, like some of the bassists when they first heard Jaco Pastorius or saxophonists upon hearing Bird or Trane!

  50. I have read the Innocent Mage series (amazing books!!!!) but I can’t find anything as good as them. Everything I read at the moment is missing something that was there when I read those books. I really enjoy any story with a completely different culture and with less development technologically. I also loved Wolf Brother and the Lord of the Rings (well doesn’t everyone?) but other than those I need new books. Any ideas??? By the way, I am not that old… well quite young really, so nothing too grown up!

  51. Hi there. I came upon this site looking for insight into The Black Company books. It is a fantastic read, I have to say but that is not the main reason I send this post. I am on the verge of completing my first fantasy novel. I have been writing it for going on 8 years. Let me tell you, it has been one long merciless journey. Though it will not be a instant classic I know that it can appeal to all who just give it a chance. It has yet to be published because, well I’m afraid of what anyone will say. “This has no style,” “Same book different title”, or the ever dreaded “This story sucks!” Hell, all I want is for just a few people to read it and say that it was a good read. Not that it was the greatest thing I’ve ever read (although that would be cool, even orgasmic) but at least appreciative of a story with potential. So I guess what I would like to know is if there is anyone interested in reading it?

  52. Hi Anonymous,

    Have you had a look at The Collector of Tales? Its a different kind of fantasy. There are three problems though. a) It is only the first in what I know to be a series (the second is almost complete). b) The first book is a bit rooted in a real world (I do not say THE real world). c) You may not like it but if you don’t have a look you won’t find out. Have a look at the website www [dot] collector.dcpltd [dot] uk [dot] com for some extracts of the current book and the work in progress.

  53. Hi,

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Wheel of Time, all of the Robin Hobb books (especially the Farseer trilogy), The Dark Tower, Name of the Wind and A song of Fire and Ice. These are all my favourites but I am now really struggling to find a book series that I would enjoy as much as these. I’m worried I’ve read all the best and nothing else will satisfy. A friend suggested The Sword of Truth series but after about a third of the way into the book I just gave up because the writing skill seemed so much worse in comparison to the books I named above. I was wondering if anyone had a few High Fantasy recommendations, going on the books I’ve enjoyed so far?

  54. Hi Jörgen, there are three books that I would highly recommend. Firstly, Guy Gavriel Kay’s wonderful Under Heaven – http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Guy-Gavriel-Kay/Under-Heaven.html – is inspired by the Tang Dynasty of Ancient China and as beautiful and enriching a novel as you could possibly wish for. Secondly, there is Alison Goodman’s The Two Pearls of Wisdom – http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Alison-Goodman/The-Two-Pearls-of-Wisdom.html – which is a spellbinding tale full to the brim with martial arts, political intrigue, ancient myth and mysticism. Lastly, there is Peter Ward’s Dragon Horse – http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Peter-Ward/Dragon-Horse.html – which is educational, entertaining and leaves the reader wanting to know more about ancient China and the wonder that was The Silk Road.

    I hope these recommendations help, I have read them all and found them to be excellent,
    Lee
    Fantasy Book Review

  55. Hello, I am looking for a book or a series of books based on Chinese mythology with or without fantasy or something set in ancient china. Can you recommend anything like this Thank you.

  56. I’ve considered reading ‘Lord of the Isles’ by David Drake, but can’t find it on the site. Is the book bad, or has it just been overlooked?

  57. Hi Pete, your book Bonebreaker is so fantastic and I like it very much, we are reading it at High Greave Junior School. Bye!

  58. Hi pete we have been reading your mokee joe book in our school called highgreavejuniorschool and when are you comeing back to see you and the praesants that you are giving to us.I have read you great book bonebreaker I think it is really scaery and I am trying not to have night mears I like your books I have got two of your books bonebraker and moonwhailer.xxxfrom ellie wootton

  59. hi peter i have read your book Dawn Demons and now every night before i go to sleep i check under my bed!
    when are you next coming back to our school called high greave junior school i hope you are coming back to our school

  60. Hi I’m looking for two sets of books I read at primary school in the eighties.

    one was the ‘Bucaneer’ series and the other I can’t remember the series title but was a magical fantasy with the main characters being Toby, Tobias (the black cat), and Arun

    sorry for lack of detail but google isn’t throwing up anything and I’m hoping someone here will remember.
    I would love to see if they’ve stood the test of time.
    regards,
    Ammar.

  61. Hi Xenia,

    She certainly is an author that does not feature on the site much at the moment but that will rectified in the not too distant future… We have the third book of The Twins of Petaybee (Deluge) to be reviewed and then hopefully we can get onto the rest of her work.

    Best wishes,
    Lee

  62. Hello!
    I came upon this website because a friend’s books are listed here, but I was devastated when I couldn’t find some of my favorite authors anywhere in your database. I understand that you can’t read everything all at once, so I suppose I’ll have to prioritize… The biggest gap, I’d say, is not including Anne McCafferey, creator of Pern and many other worlds. Her contributions to fantasy and science fiction are tremendous – please check her out and include her on your site!
    Thanks,
    -X

  63. Hi all,
    Just wanted to pass along our thanks at the Flamel Forum and that of Michael Scott for the news article about the Irish Book Awards nomination, and the great review of the Alchemyst that we saw on here too! We hope that you’ll enjoy book #2 The Magician when you get a chance to read it! Book #3 in this series, The Sorceress, will be released on May 26th 2009 in the USA and about a month later in the UK.
    Keep up the great work on this site guys!
    You’re most welcome on our forum, make sure to say hi to me if you join!
    Best wishes
    Z.

  64. Just to say that I have started to read the WheelOT series and am also looking forward to your reviews!!
    This site rocks!! xx
    🙂

  65. Hi Ian,

    You are absolutely right, the Robert Jordan books should be in there. Luckily, Josh Hill has read the entire series and is in the process of writing up the reviews.

    Expect to see Mr Jordan’s books on the site very soon!

    Best wishes,
    Lee

  66. If you have read my post before, then you know what I speak of when I detail on adult, sophisticated type, very detailed fantasy read. I am not interested in lame stories where everything conveniently happens at the perfect time. Ala “Dragons of the Autumn Twilight”. I realize that the series was written in the 80s’ now so it is forgiven. Please… any serious fantasy fanatic like me out there…. tell me.. do you not appreciate the detail, the realism even in a fantasy setting? The realistic pace and setting for each chapter and each character. Detail so deep that one could talk about the structure of a leaf for a whole chapter. The only series that even comes close to what I speak of is “The Wheel of Time”. I have tried other series and read other books and none has sparked this within me. This is the main reason why I question the judgment of Robert Jordan’s series not being in the top 100. There has got to be other adult readers out there like me who would agree. A party of eight cannot disappear through the forest so easily when surrounded by winged creatures posing as clerics looking for the exact staff that the party just so happen to possess. Does any serious fantasy fan out there not see where I am coming from? This is the main reason why I am spending a few years just creating my world. Then the writing begins. Details and believability is so important in a good read. Robert Jordan is the only real story teller that I know of, may he rest in peace. Sanderson…. you ass in on the line buddy.

    Mahalo,
    Ian

  67. I just wanted to point out that I reviewed your top 100 fantasy books. I have not read all of those of course, but surely “The Wheel of Time” series by Robert Jordan has got to be in there somewhere. Why is it not? And why is there so many ridiculous Harry Potter books in there?

    Ian

  68. Hi Tracey,

    Ladyhawke by Joan D. Vinge is my favourite fantasy story that contains a magical love story – it is quite brilliant. The book was made into a film in 1985 and they did an OK job but the book (as is always the case) is far better. It is available only second hand nowadays – 1p from Amazon plus post and packing. If you like I could buy the book and send it down to you in return for a book review to go on the site? Let me know what you think (use contact@fantasybookreview.co.uk).

    Best wishes,
    Lee

  69. Hi I’ve just read the Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon and loved them, could anyone suggest another good book on the same lines as those with a great love story to it. I really need a book to read. Thanks.

  70. Hi Tavake, I’ve tried to unearth some information on this book but had no luck so far, I will continue digging…

    Best wishes,
    Lee

  71. I’ve been looking for this character of a book I read in the late 80’s early 90’s. He was sort of like a Shamen/magic user warrior that one of his arms was changed into a reptilian arm. I thought his name of something like Micah Oba or something like that. I’ve been looking for this book for a long time. If you can help me with this book would be great. Thanks again for your time.

    Tavake

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