Yay, This Fantasy Novel Actually Lives Up To Its Superb World-Building

As a genre, fantasy tends to live or die on its world-building. But great world-building, by itself, doesn't make a novel great. And sometimes, a fantasy book can spend so much time establishing its backstory, the story never seems to take off. That's why A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwhab is such a treat.… » 3/03/15 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

Watch The Gorgeously Insane Trailer For Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal

"Demons suffer in hell ... gods rule in heaven ... and men stride the earth" in Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, a new fantasy film from China. We have no idea what's going on here, story-wise, but there is so much eye candy in this trailer: Epic wire stunts! Fiery arrows! Shape shifting! CG beasts! Costumes to die for! » 2/20/15 4:00pm 2/20/15 4:00pm

A Webcomic About A Sworn Maiden, Raised As A Boy, And A Deadly Trial

The true sign that a webcomic is great is that, when you get to the most recent update, you find yourself clicking the "next" button, praying that there is more. That's how I felt reading Trial of the Sun, a webcomic about a sworn maiden, pledged to military service, who must embark on a deadly quest for his family. » 2/18/15 8:00am 2/18/15 8:00am

The Game Of Thrones TV Show Is Gonna Start Killing New Characters Now

We have been warned. George R. R. Martin, with a cruel smile on his face, has announced that when the fifth season of Game of Thrones begins this April, it will be killing characters who don't die in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (although it's probably more accurate to say they haven't died yet). » 2/16/15 7:20am 2/16/15 7:20am

Who Is the Best Spy in Fantasy Fiction?

As is traditional for io9 nights here during spy week, we're following up the essay on my pick for the best spy fiction within a category with a chance for you to have your say. Use the poll below or simply battle away in the comments — you're giving all of us a bunch of new recommendations, so, really, everyone's a… » 2/11/15 2:30am 2/11/15 2:30am

Uh, Did FXX Just Secretly Air A Pilot For A Wheel Of Time TV Show?

Well, the FXX Network aired something related to Robert Jordan's bestselling fantasy series last night. Subtitled "Winter Dragon," no one seems to know what exactly it is. A failed pilot? A stealthy promo? Something else? As we investigate, ODeck's Nicole has an excellent breakdown of... whatever it is. » 2/09/15 11:40am 2/09/15 11:40am

GRRM's Original Game Of Thrones Outline Was Very, Very Different

British bookseller Waterstone has somehow gotten its hands on the original story outline that George R.R. Martin submitted to Harper Collins along with the first 170 pages of what would become A Game of Thrones. It proves GRRM had a very different story in mind when he first set out to write A Song of Ice and Fire. » 2/05/15 7:40am 2/05/15 7:40am

A Webcomic About A Witch Learning To Bake Without Magic—With Recipes!

Actually, there are two witches at the heart of Victoria Grace Elliott's webcomic balderdash! One is an elk rancher hoping to apprentice herself to a baker in a town that frowns upon magic. The other is a young sorceress running away from school. And we get to bake along with their adventures. » 1/28/15 8:00am 1/28/15 8:00am

Why The Best Fantasy Stories Include Mundane Everyday Life

Anne Leonard's fantasy novel Moth and Spark comes out in paperback today. To celebrate, Leonard's written us an essay about how the "mundane" and everyday things are even more important to include in a book about dragons and heroic quests — because without them, you'll never understand the scale of magic. » 12/30/14 2:42pm 12/30/14 2:42pm

The Village Was Built on the Eroded Pillars of an Ancient Canyon

Who knows how it first started? Maybe the village was once on solid ground that washed out from under our ancient homes. Or maybe our ancestors knew how to climb and build in ways that we have forgotten. Now we just weave more rope for the bridges and ladders, and hope the floods never come again. » 12/29/14 6:47pm 12/29/14 6:47pm