Fantasy sub genres, part four

We’ve come now to the final installment of our Fantasy sub genre series. These are always so much fun to write. If you guys would like to see me do a horror series like this, let me know.

Here are links to part one, part two and part three in this series.

If you haven’t already, please check out Worlds Without End. It’s the site that provided the bulk of my research for this series, and it’s a fun site.

Let’s get to it.

Romantic Fantasy

A romantic fantasy book is, obviously, a story about a romance in a fantasy setting. While it might have a magical world to develop in, it’s still a romance novel. It might fall anywhere on the spicy scale, depending.

Some examples of romantic fantasy are Master of Crows by Grace Draven, Poison Study by Maria V Snyder and The Winter King by CL Wilson.

Superhero Fantasy

It’s no surprise that the superhero genre is part of the fantasy realm. What else would it be? Superheroes will qualify as any story about a character with superhuman powers. Like Superman, or Captain America.

Some examples of Superhero fantasy books are Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, Renegades by Marissa Meyer and The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson.

Sword and Sorcery

Kind of the standard fantasy story, a sword and sorcery book is about just that. Epic wars, mighty mages. All that sort of fun thing.

The first thing I think of when it comes to this sub genre is King Arthur. There’s also Conan and Hour of The Dragon by Robert E. Howard.

Urban Fantasy

One thing sets urban fantasy apart from other fantasy stories. It’s set in an urban environment. Now, most of these are set in modern times, but of course, that’s not a necessity. I mean, there have been cities for a long, long time. Personally, I could read a lot of urban fantasy set in London or Cairo. I think I could write a good bit of that, too.

Some examples of Urban Fantasy novels are Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, Jekyll by Lauren Stewart and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Weird Fantasy

This is sort of hard to describe. A weird fantasy story is going to be highly up to interpretation, as its main feature is that it bulks most of the general traditions and tropes. It’s, well, weird. It’s unexpected and hard to explain. In saying that, any of the sub genres might apply, except that if it fits into a sub genre, it’s not really Weird Fantasy.

Some examples of Weird Fantasy books are Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer and The Etched City by KJ Bishop.

So, that’s it! What did you think? What’s your favorite fantasy sub genre? Did I miss a great book in any sub genre that you think needs more attention? Let us know in the comments below!

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