Fantasy fiction genre guide

Fantasy fiction reading guide

Discover fictional worlds filled with wonder and magic.

Fantasy fiction offers the reader possibilities in storytelling limited only by the author's own imagination. From the high fantasy of wizards and elves, to the swords and skullduggery of grimdark, there’s something for everyone.

Prefer science to magic? Try our Science fiction reading guide.

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Fantasy fiction reading lists

Fantasy fiction sub-genre lists

High fantasy

Elves, dwarves, wizard, men, and more - a sub-genre which combines a hero's journey with rich world-building, magic, and good versus evil.

Epic Fantasy

For fans of sweeping battles between good and evil, grand quests, phenomenal world building, sword fights and magic.

Historical Fantasy

Historical Fantasy fiction delivers historical realities, complex plots, and some level of magical or other-worldly content.

Fantasy Saga

Stories that span generations and explore the struggles of life with strange characters in places you will wish existed in reality.

Short Stories - Sci Fi, Horror, and Fantasy

A selection of short fiction anthologies by influential authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

New Zealand Fiction - Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi

A selection of titles celebrating Fantasy, Horror, and Sci-Fi born from the minds of talented, sometimes legendary New Zealand authors.

Urban Fantasy

These stories mingle the real world with the “other” - sprawling cities populated by werewolves, witches, faeries and more.

Fantasy - Paranormal Romance

If you like paranormal beings set in a fantastical world with heavy lashings of romance this lustful list is for you!

Fantasy - The New Weird

Blurring the lines between fantasy, sci-fi, and horror is the New Weird.

Fantasy - Magic Realism

Magic realism presents the supernatural, the uncanny, and the magical alongside a view of the world that is otherwise realistic or mundane.

If you like ... Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams

Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams were kings of humorous and satirical fantasy and science fiction. We suggest more funny fantasy writers.

Grimdark Fantasy

These tales aren’t afraid to show some skin or spill some blood. In the realm of Grimdark Fantasy, nobody is safe.

Fantasy - Fairy Tale Retellings

If you like fairy tales and folklore you might like these tales re-imagined in a truly unique way.

Steampunk Adventure

Imagine the history and intrigue of the 19th century blended with magic, monsters, and mad science.

LGBTQIA+ Speculative and Fantasy Fiction

Stories about LGBTQIA+ characters set in sci-fi or fantasy worlds. Dark drama, worlds filled with magic, and more!

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