If you like your fantasy literature with lots of sword fights and godlike beings vying against monsters during an epic age, The Servant of the Manthycoreis for you. The main character is a bold warrior woman. She has grit, spunk and honor, and she could easily hang with the toughest fantasy swordsmen, including Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian. This novel even comes with an introduction by Michael Moorcock, the creator of Elric of Melnibone.
Enge’s Blood of Ambrosealso offers plenty of action, and plenty of magic. The plot revolves around an empire where a murderous uncle plays regent to a child leader and sets to slaying anyone trying to stand against him ruling the lands. An ancestor to this pretend emperor, Ambrosia Viviana, is accused of sorcery and placed on trial. Her only help is a drunk brother, Morlock Ambrosius, who is more than he might initially appear to many an eye.
I first discovered Nathalie Mallet’s talents a couple of years ago when I reviewed her first novel, The Princes of the Golden Cage. I instantly fell for her type of story. It’s not just fantasy. It’s fantasy andmystery embroiled together. Mallet’s Prince Amir character is a fantasy world’s version of Sherlock Holmes. And now Prince Amir is returning in a sequel, The King’s Daughters, released this week on May 27, 2009. If you like mystery and you like fantasy, Mallet’s two novels (so far) will be right up your alley.
Pon’s debut young adult novel, Silver Phoenix, was just released on April 28, 2009, and it is worth your reading time. Silver Phoenixstands out among what sometimes seems like a glut of YA fantasy fiction since the likes of Harry Potter and Eragon raised their heads. What’s so different about Silver Phoenix? For one thing, it’s set in an ancient, mystical China. And that world, and Pon’s storytelling abilities, bring back the nearly forgotten sense of wonder fantasy fiction used to know during the days of Lord Dunsany and J.R.R. Tolkien. Whether for you or your teen readers, this is a book worth grabbing up at the book store.
Okay, I cheated here. Mr. Boyett is not a new novelist. It’s just that there has not been a novel of his published in about 25 years. I’m glad his fantasy, apocalyptic novel Arielis being rereleased August 26, 2009, and he has a new book, Elegy Beach, coming out on November 3, 2009 in hardback. Why am I glad? Because this guy has been one of my favorite writers for close to 30 years, yet he does not have all that much material in print. It seems his writing is coming into its own again, and I hope it stays that way for a long while.