10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 11:29am 4/01/15 11:29am

Fool's Assassin Is A Triumphant Return To Robin Hobb's Farseer Realm

Any fan of high fantasy who has yet to read Robin Hobb is missing out. Fool's Assassin, which comes out today, returns readers to the world of the Farseers, where royal bastards may be trained to become assassins for the throne. And while the latest book isn't epic in scope, it's a reminder that there is room for… » 8/12/14 2:34pm 8/12/14 2:34pm