Everything You Never Knew About The Making of Conan The Barbarian

What is best in life? Seeing a classic sword-and-sorcery hero brought to the big screen, with an iconic bodybuilder in the lead role. But how did Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian become such a classic film? The path to glory was long and twisted. Here's everything you never knew about the making of Conan. » 2/17/15 1:00pm 2/17/15 1:00pm

Providence of Fire Is The Perfect Blend of Politics, Magic and Action

Last year, we really dug Brian Staveley's debut fantasy epic, The Emperor's Blades. The trilogy's second volume picks up from the first, and Staveley delivers a solid and suitably epic adventure that ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window. » 2/13/15 4:00pm 2/13/15 4:00pm

Read An Exclusive Excerpt From Joe Abercrombie's Half The World

In Joe Abercrombie's spellbinding Half a King, Yarvi gets raised to a throne, only to be cast down into slavery and exile. But what's Yarvi up to in the sequel, Half the World? Find out, in our excerpt from the new book, on sale Feb. 17. » 2/10/15 11:00am 2/10/15 11:00am

Will Game of Thrones Have A "Deliberately Unsatisfying" Ending?

Most of us have at least a vague idea of how we think George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and the Game of Thrones TV series, will end. But those expectations are shaped by the usual course of epic fantasy — and as Winter is Coming points out, Martin has maintained an ambivalent, arms-length… » 12/09/14 9:51am 12/09/14 9:51am

Game Of Thrones Designer Says Sand Snakes' "Nipple Armor" Was A Mistake

Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels will be excited to see the legendary Sand Snakes appearing on Game of Thrones this spring. But some people's enthusiasm was slightly tempered when the first set photos of the Sand Snakes appeared, revealing... armor with nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton says this was a… » 12/08/14 10:50am 12/08/14 10:50am

Dragonriders Of Pern Movie Gets A Screenwriter Who's Also A Novelist

Few recently announced movie projects have inspired more excitement — and more "please don't fuck this up" trepidation — than the movie based on Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. The good news? The movie has a writer, and she sounds like she has some real storytelling chops. » 11/19/14 8:00pm 11/19/14 8:00pm

What's The Difference Between Epic Fantasy And Sword-And-Sorcery?

As an editor at Pyr Books, Lou Anders has published tons of fantasy novels of all stripes. But now he's crafted his own fantasy novel, Frostborn, in the sword-and-sorcery tradition that goes back to Conan. But what's the difference between "epic fantasy" and "sword and sorcery"? Anders explains.
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Tad Williams Is Writing A Sequel To The Books That Changed Epic Fantasy

At long last, Tad Williams is writing a sequel trilogy to his groundbreaking Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy, which helped redefine what epic fantasy was capable of. » 4/08/14 1:41pm 4/08/14 1:41pm

Brandon Sanderson: "We haven't hit what epic fantasy is capable of yet"

Brandon Sanderson's new book Words of Radiance debuted at #1 on the New York Times Besteller List. What does he think is the secret of his popularity, and the reason for epic fantasy's resurgence? We asked him, and he explained why epic fantasy is ready to take it to the next level. » 3/18/14 4:00pm 3/18/14 4:00pm

First Exclusive Look at Robin Hobb's Next Novel, Fool's Assassin!

Robin Hobb has made a huge name for herself as an epic fantasy author. And now we've got the exclusive cover reveal for her next book, Fool's Asssassin — plus the first excerpt! » 2/28/14 12:31pm 2/28/14 12:31pm

The Star Wars/Game of Thrones crossover you NEED: Darth Drogo!

What if Khal Drogo, the Dothraki horselord, came over to the Dark Side? It would probably look a lot like this. Behold Darth Drogo by jbcasacop on Deviant Art, the first in a new series called Star Wars: The Throne Wars. Check out the whole thing below. » 9/01/13 2:30pm 9/01/13 2:30pm

George R.R. Martin answers our toughest Song of Ice and Fire questions

When we interviewed A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin at Comic-Con, we decided to drill down and ask some intense questions. Like, is this series only seven books long because some subplots took over the story? Are the Dothraki one-dimensional stereotypes? What does he think of Sliders? Here's what he… » 7/23/13 2:05pm 7/23/13 2:05pm

Your First Look at the Epic Fantasy Novel Everybody's Raving About

People from Karen Joy Fowler to John Crowley to Téa Obreht have been praising The Age of Ice, a debut fantasy novel by J.M. Sidorova. Now, here's your first chance to sample it for yourself. Above is a map, created by the author. And below, we've got an exclusive look at the first dozen pages. » 6/27/13 11:58am 6/27/13 11:58am

The Coolest Fantasy Story You'll Read This Week

Check out this story of a super-assassin versus a magical thief with demonic powers, by up-and-coming fantasy author Django Wexler. Warning: You'll probably be hooked on Wexler's insane "flintlock fantasy" worldbuilding. Luckily, this is a prequel to Wexler's new novel The Thousand Names. » 6/18/13 1:16pm 6/18/13 1:16pm

Are these really the most essential epic fantasy books ever written?

Five different people have taken a stab at creating lists of the top 50 most essential epic fantasy novels of all time. And their different lists reveal that... nobody's quite sure how to define "epic fantasy." And there's been a noticeable shift in the parameters of the genre lately. » 6/12/13 4:20pm 6/12/13 4:20pm

How much of the books will we see next year on Game of Thrones?

The first two seasons of Game of Thrones were pretty straightforward: one season, one book. But season three covered a big chunk of George R.R. Martin's third book, leaving some for season four. What's left of A Storm of Swords for the show to cover? And how much of books four and five could we see next year? » 6/11/13 12:29pm 6/11/13 12:29pm

10 Genres that Superheroes Have Swallowed Up

Superheroes aren't just one genre. They're tons of genres, smushed together. Aliens rub elbows with supernatural beings. Gods walk side by side with monsters. Over the decades, superheroes have borrowed from other genres, sometimes swallowing them whole. Here are 10 genres that got absorbed into superheroes, partly or… » 6/05/13 10:07am 6/05/13 10:07am

This gender-swapped Lord of the Rings dream casting is note perfect

We all know that Middle-Earth is a sausage fest. But what would happen if you flipped all the genders? Could Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings still work as well if you replaced Sean Bean, John Noble and Sean Astin with women? This dream cast proves it would. It's... a diversion. » 5/28/13 12:40pm 5/28/13 12:40pm

By all the Gods, this standalone epic fantasy novel is a fun ride

When was the last time you read an epic fantasy saga that was one self-contained volume, with all of the sweeping adventure and huge mythic sacrifices in just one book? These days, it seems as though any epic fantasy has to be at least a half-dozen volumes, and this often appears to be driven by marketing as much as… » 10/23/12 3:00pm 10/23/12 3:00pm

An Epic Fantasy That Doesn't Hold Back on the "Epic"

These days, fantasy novels seem to be all about realism. Or at least, semi-realism. Magic is pushed to the fringes, and only happens in rare cases. The focus is on gritty, relatable characters in a vaguely noir-ish world. Whether in epic fantasy or urban fantasy, there's been a bit more restraint lately in terms of… » 1/09/12 4:30pm 1/09/12 4:30pm