Category: Fantasy

5 Fantasy Books Set for Release This Month

As the new year dawns, so too does another year of books. While I can’t give you all of the releases for this coming year, I can provide you with a list of five fantasy books that are set for release this month. After all, is there a better way to start the new year than with a book hot off the printing press? For more fantasy books set for release this month, check out Tor’s article!

Here are 5 books that are set to be released this month.

 

 

1. “Dark and deepest Red”

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Written by Anne-Marie McLemore, Dark and Deepest Red is set to be released by the time of this article’s publication. The book’s Goodreads page provides this summary of the story,

“Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves. Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.”

This story is definitely borrowing inspiration from Han Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Red Shoes,” which, based on the version one reads, has a very grisly ending. All I know is that I, personally, will be grabbing up a copy of this book.

 

 

2. “Infinity son”

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Infinity Son, the first book in Adam Silvera‘s Infinity Cycle is set for release this month. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description:

“Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures. Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.”

This is definitely worth a read.

 

 

3. “A Queen in Hiding”

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Sarah Kozloff’s debut novel A Queen in Hiding will be released in the third week of January, and it sounds fascinating. Goodreads provides the following book description:

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be. But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.”

Who doesn’t love a story about a queen regaining her throne?

 

 

 

4. “The Bard’s Blade”

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The Bard’s Blade, the first book Brian D. Anderson‘s series The Sorcerer’s Song will also be released in the third week of January. Here is an excerpt from the book summary:

“Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, where fear and hatred are all but unknown. There she’s a renowned wine maker and her betrothed, Lem, is a musician of rare talent. Their destiny has never been in question. Whatever life brings, they will face it together. But destiny has a way of choosing its own path, and when a stranger crosses the wards into Vylari for the first time in centuries, the two are faced with a terrible prophecy. For beyond the borders, an ancient evil is returning, its age-old prison shattered.”

 

 

5. “Nottingham: The true story of robyn hood”

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Nottingham: The True Story of Robyn Hood is set for release this coming week. I’ll admit it: I’m a huge sucker when it comes to Robin Hood. I love the stories and the legends, and I want to eventually visit Sherwood Forest. This is definitely a book worth checking out, because Anna Burke creates a very interesting take on an old legend. The book’s Goodreads summary states,

“Robyn Hood didn’t set out to rob the rich, but in Nottingham, nothing ever goes according to plan…. After a fateful hunting accident sends her on the run from the law, Robyn finds herself deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest. All she really wants to do is provide for her family and stay out of trouble, but when the Sheriff of Nottingham levies the largest tax in the history of England, she’s forced to take matters into her own hands. Relying on the help of her band of merry women and the Sheriff’s intriguing—and off limits—daughter, Marian, Robyn must find a way to pull off the biggest heist Sherwood has ever seen.”

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5 ‘The Witcher’ Memes to Feast Your Eyes On

Now that the The Witcher has dropped on Netflix, fans have been busy putting together memes to share on the internet. And, naturally, a ton of these are hilarious.

While I can’t unearth every single meme that this franchise has inspired, I can most certainly share a few of the ones that I felt hit their mark. Here are five Witcher memes to peruse and enjoy!

 

 

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Regardless of if you want to be held by book Geralt, game Geralt, or Henry Cavill’s Geralt, I think this meme sums up a hidden mutual longing that we all possess. Need I say more?

 

 

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This is a fun take on the meme of the woman yelling at the cat. We all know that Jaskier (Dandelion) drives Geralt up a wall, and in the Netflix adaptation, we got to see that at full force. This meme definitely conjures up memories of episode 6. Typically, this meme has bolded text above it explaining why the encounter is even taking place, but I couldn’t resist sharing it as it was.

 

 

 

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This meme has circulated the internet quite a bit already, but I still think it’s absolutely fantastic. Did I binge the entire season in one day? Yes. Yes I did. Did I put off my responsibilities? Yes. Did my family wonder why I had gone awfully quiet all of a sudden? Yes. Do I regret it? Nah.

 

 

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We all know the song at this point, now don’t we? We all know the word play at work here. Am I going to go listen to the song on repeat for an hour? Ha. Try three. Go big or go home.

 

 

 

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If I have to live with the reality that the next season is coming out in 2021, then so does everyone else! While I didn’t share this meme primarily out of spite, I did share it because I think most fans had a similar emotional response after a long binge. Fans of the adaptation will have to, indeed, wait until 2021 before the second season drops. So what should we do in the meantime? Well, crying is a pretty good option. Rereading the books is there too. I’m on my second watch of the Netflix series at the moment, so not all hope is lost.

 

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Start 2020 With Bookstr’s Top Fantasy Picks

A new year is upon us! The end of 2019 is today, and the beginning of 2020 is tomorrow! A great way to start the year is to add some amazing titles to your TBR list. Here are some great Fantasy recommendations to start off 2020.

 

 

1. Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

 

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The Queen of Nothing, is the third and final installment in the Folk of the Air trilogy. Jude, is now a powerless exiled Queen of Faerie after she released her control on Carden, the wicked king. Now, she is fighting to reclaim everything Carden took from her after his betrayal. Then opportunity strikes in an unlikely place from her deceptive twin sister, Taryn who’s mortal life is in danger. In order to save her sister, Jude has to face Carden and admit her feelings, unfortunately, war is brewing in Elfhame, and she ends up slipping behind enemy lines. Then when a powerful curse is released, Jude must choose between ambition and humanity.

 

 

2. The Starless Sea: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern

 

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The Starless Sea,  follows Zachary Ezra Rawlins, who is in search for his door. The door leads to a labyrinth of stories and a collection of tunnels. These are hidden in forest floors, in private homes, and sometimes in plain sight. Zachary believes he is meant for another place, a siren song, but he doesn’t know he’s searching for this door. By chance he discovers a mysterious book in his campus library and he finds a story in there written from his own childhood—and the book is older than he is. A bee, a key, and a sword that are on the cover of the book lead Zachary to two people who will change his life: Mirabel, a fierce pink haired painter and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances. These two lead Zachary into many different adventures, but of course with adventures come conflict. There is battle raging over the fate of the place and there are people who want to protect it, and people who want to destroy it. As those three search for answers, they uncover a timeless love story that has pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that set sail on the starless sea.

 

 

3. Supernova by Marissa Meyer

 

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Supernova, the conclusion to the Renegades trilogy. Nova and Adria are fighting to keep their identies a secret, while there is a battle going on against their alter egos, Nightmare and the Sentinel. However there is a darker threat hovering over them, the Renegades worst enemy is back and is ready to reclaim Galton City. Now, Nova and Adrian have to keep lying and betraying each other to protect the ones they love. They have to bridge the gap between heroes and villains or they will end up losing everything, including each other.

 

 

4. Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

 

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Blood Heir, follows crowned princess Anastacya Mikhailov or Ana who has a terrifying secret that keeps her hidden behind the palace walls. She is cursed with a deadly affinity to blood. Now her father is dead and she is being framed for his murder. Ana has no choice but to flee the castle and search for her father’s murderer on her own. However, life outside the castle walls are a lot different, corruption rules the land and the only person who can help Ana is Ramson Quicktongue. He is a cunning crime lord of the Cyrillan underworld, but he may have met his match with Ana. Ana might just be the most dangerous player of all.

 

 

5. The Deep by Rivers Solomon

 

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The Deep, follows Yetu, who holds the memories of her people. The descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners. Their past is too traumatic to be remembered but their memory lives on in one person, the historian, and that is Yetu. She regularly remembers the trauma of the past and it is destroying her. So, she flees from the responsibilities and escapes to the surface, where she discovers a world her people left behind. Yetu begins to learn more than she thought about her past, and even the future of her people. In order for them to survive they have to reclaim their memories and their identity and own who they really are.

 

 

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5 Books Inspired by Dungeons and Dragons

Anyone who is a fan of fantasy will have likely interacted with Dungeons and Dragons in some form. Dungeons and Dragons, also known as D&D, has been around for decades now. In more recent years, shows like Harmon Quest and Critical Role have been produced, and podcasts like The Adventure Zone and The Glass Cannon Podcast have further popularized the game. Video games also owe a huge debt to D&D, and this debt is visible in games like Dragon Age, Knights of Pen and Paper, Baldur’s Gate, and even Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Some of these games are practically D&D campaigns in their own right.

Fantasy literature is no exception to this debt either. In the past few decades, authors have written books based on their D&D campaigns, or these writers will create their own original story and use the preexisting rules and geography of a world created for a game module. The Forgotten Realms, which was established during the 3rd edition of D&D, has been used as the backdrop for many campaigns, books, and video games.

Here are five books inspired by Dungeons and Dragons.

 

 

1. The Colour of Magic

 

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Written by Sir Terry PratchettThe Colour of Magic is a chaotic delight that takes place in a world that practically begs to be made into a D&D campaign setting. The Discworld series is set on a disc-shaped world, set on the backs of four elephants who stand on the shell of a gigantic turtle swimming through space. The Colour of Magic, which is the first book in the series, follows Rincewind, a wizard who only knows one spell, and Twoflower, an insurance clerk on holiday. Twoflower hires Rincewind to be his tour guide, and shenanigans ensue. In this book alone, they meet Hrun the Barbarian, are captured by dragon riders, and are nearly sent off the edge of the world. The God Fate also wants Rincewind and Twoflower sacrificed to him because he blames them for losing a game that is eerily similar to Dungeons and Dragons

 

 

2. The Legend of Drizzt

 

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R.A. Salvatore had written an expansive series that follows the Drow Elf Drizzt Do’ Urden. While he was originally introduced in The Icewind Dale TrilogyHomeland is the first book that details Drizzt’s origin story. This tale takes place in the Forgotten Realms’ Underdark, a place that the Drow Elves call home. While his mother had originally intended to sacrifice him to a deity, Drizzt is spared from this fate. However, while he is not killed, he still has to fight for his survival on a daily basis. And ultimately, this is the story of the events that led to him departing from the Underdark and never returning.

 

 

3. Dragons of autumn twilight

 

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Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman wrote The Dragons of Autumn Twilight as the first entry in a four book series. Based off of their own D&D campaign, this story follows a party of adventurers who reunite after several years apart. Though they didn’t have any plans on going on another quest together, these companions must do exactly that when they learn that the Dragon Highlords are preparing to take over the entire continent. With the plains people Goldmoon and Riverwind joining them, the adventuring party journeys forward to stop the Dragon Highlords from achieving their goals.

 

 

4. She kills monsters

 

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This one has actually made me cry, in a good way. This book is a play, and I can definitely tell you, it is as funny as it is heartbreaking and wonderful—and if you ever get the chance to see it on stage, do it. Thank me later. I accept epic poems that discuss my beauty as payment. Qui Nguyen‘s play She Kills Monsters follows Agnes Evans, a young woman who is grieving the death of her little sister, Tillie, after a fatal car accident. While going through Tillie’s things, Agnes finds a home brewed D&D module that Tillie wrote for herself and her friends. Since Agnes was never close with her sister, she decides to play through the campaign. She learns about the difficulties that Tillie experienced at school because of her sexuality, and she comes to have a better understanding of her sister on a whole. Be aware that there are two versions of this play–one that is geared towards and adult audience, and one that is meant for high school students. Based on which one you read, there are some distinct differences. Agnes, in the adult version is a high school English teacher, and in the version for younger audiences, she is a high school student. The play is altered accordingly as well.

 

 

5. Nimona

 

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This is the debut graphic novel from Noelle Stevenson, and while it is meant for YA readers, that should definitely not stop older D&D fans from checking it out! Nimona follows the titular protagonist, a shape-shifter who enjoys wreaking havoc. She joins forces with Lord Blackheart, and together, they intend on proving to the world that the hero Ambrosius Goldenloin and the other members of the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t quite as lawful good as the rest of the world might think. However, something is going on with Nimona, and she is proving to have a dangerous, unwieldy side to herself.

 

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Start The New Year Right With Netflix & Hulu Adaptations

Now that the Holiday season is coming to a close, the time is nigh for some relaxation, personal reflection, and more amazing adaptations.

 

 

With the beginning of a whole new year, and decade, there is a lot for fantasy lovers to rejoice about. Two big franchises are hitting the streaming block. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King are now on Netflix to kick us off on some fantastic adventures, and for all you Twilight fans out there, all four movies will be out on Hulu to start the year as well.

 

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To the delight of horror fans, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is making a comeback with a new Netflix Original Series, to be released early this month, and for younger fans of horror, and the supernatural, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back with its 3rd season. To no surprise, Stephen King is receiving attention with his two adaptations Cujo and Pet Sematary on Hulu.

 

Joy and childlike memories can be found with the release of the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryOnce more we can relive the wonderful vocals and acting prowess that is Gene Wilder. Smile brightly with this adorable and fun film for the whole family!

 

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Sadly, not all is happy, and sometimes a new beginning means saying goodbye. Starting January 3rd, fans of Anne With An E must bid farewell to the lovable freckled redhead, Anne.

When any series, book, television show, movie franchise, etc, comes to a close, there can be a process of letting go and moving on. This is especially the case with inspiring and heartfelt shows like Anne With An E — but such is life. We move on and grow, and, thanks to these beloved shows, we have been able to take a break from the rough battles of reality!

So that being said, let’s take 2020 by storm, with some amazing books and book adaptations to support us along the way.

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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Watch These Battles of Epic Proportions and more January 1st on Netflix | Image via Gyfcat

 

 

 

Horror

 

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  • Cujo (1983 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel (January 1st, Hulu)
  • Pet Sematary (1989 Film) & Pet Sematary II (1992 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary (January 1st, Hulu)
  • The Ring (2002 Film) – American adaptation, originally based off the book Ring by Koji Suzuki (January 1st, Netflix)
  • Dracula (2020 Netflix Original Series) – based on the novel by Bram Stoker (January 4th, Netflix)

 

 

 

Drama

 

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Fans are saying goodbye to the beautiful cinnamon roll Anne January 3rd on Netflix | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Morgan Freeman is on the case in the thrilling film Kiss the Girls  | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

 

Comics

 

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The lovely and, at times, frightening Sabrina Spellman is coming back to put a spell on you January 24th | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Children

 

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