Review: After the King

After the King edited by Martin H. Greenberg


No figure looms larger in fantasy than J. R. R. Tolkien. One hundred and twenty-one (or eleventy-eleven) years after his birth and fifty-nine years after the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings still functions as the baseline for the entire genre of high fantasy. (There’s a very valid argument to be made that we need to move forward from that baseline, but that’s another post for another time.) But a lot of Tolkien-inspired fantasy only mimics the most obvious trappings of the good Professor’s legendarium. That’s not necessarily a judgment on the quality of those works—Blizzard Entertainment used those trappings as a stepping stone to create their own interesting, engaging world for the Warcraft franchise, and Eragon… well, Eragon exists. It can go either way. Continue reading

The Literary Horizon: The High Crusade, The Gaslight Dogs

Guys, I miss fantasy. I think the last fantasy novel I read was The Magicians, and that was a deconstruction, so it barely counts. Fantasy and science fiction novels remain on hold at the library while historical fiction and nonfiction have set up housekeeping in my dorm room. (Joke’s on them–I have to move out in a few weeks!) So when featured two fabulous fantasy novels recently, I knew it was no accident–it was my beloved genre crying out to me.

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