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Sheesh. Everyone wants to talk semantics this week.
Today, the list of fantasy books coming out in December is over at the Fiction Affliction columns on Tor.com–The list of releases is below. If any of them strike your fancy, head over to Fiction Affliction and check out the full descriptions.
But here’s the deal. I call them “Epic Fantasy” just to differentiate them from “Urban Fantasy” or “Science Fiction.” Genres overlap, and any label is by definition inaccurate. So folks are quibbling over what constitutes “Epic Fantasy.” The presence of romance as part of some of these books is the sticking point.
Does fantasy to you always mean only sword-and-sorcery stories? To me, it’s a novel set in an imaginary world that involves a quest. It might or might not have romantic elements. Then again, I am not a big fan of this genre, so my definition might be way off base. Is it?
(And God forbid a fan of “fantasy” should run across a stray kiss or two. How unmanly is that?)
So, here’s my fantasy release list for December. If you think it’s too romantic, take a number!
The barbarian King Loethar may have gained his throne through brutality and bloodshed, but he has ruled Penraven with unexpected wisdom. Now his innumerable past sins threaten his reign—as Valisars who escaped slaughter prepare to rise up. Loyalties shift and new alliances are formed as the truth of history begins to emerge. King-in-exile Leonel hungers for revenge against the man he considers the usurper of his throne. Yet Leo is unaware of another who wields the enchantment he covets—the once-charming “halfwit” brother Piven, now a powerful youth whose exceptional cunning is matched only by his ruthless desire for the throne. But the efforts of all three to hold or gain control of Penraven may well be in vain, for the true inheritor of the Valisar Legacy is being called home . . . to claim her crown. To win a copy of King’s Wrath, simply comment below. As always, +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, +1 for Tweet or Retweet.
Other December releases:
Beneath the Thirteen Moons, by Kathryne Kennedy (Dec. 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Smuggler Mahri Zin and the Prince of Sea Forest plunge through the dangerous waters of a watery world. Romance alert, folks.
The Castings Trilogy, by Pamela Freeman (Dec. 2, Orbit)
The Domains are governed by the Warlords but there are wilder elements in the landscape that cannot be controlled. All three books in one volume.
Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar, edited by Mercedes Lackey (Dec. 7, DAW)
Sixteen original stories set in the Valdemar universe, including a new novella from Mercedes Lackey.
Songs of the Wolf (Tales of the Holtlands), by R.F. Long (Dec. 7, Samhain)
Elite Fey’na warrior Shan is driven by hatred for the Lord of River Holt, the human who killed his sister. Then he meets Jeren, who’s desperate to escape her brother before his misuse of magic consumes his sanity. Romance alert.
Seer of Sevenwaters, by Juliet Marillier (Dec. 7, Roc)
The young seer Sibeal is visiting an island of elite warriors before making her final pledge as a druid. She and Felix, a survivor of a Viking shipwreck, go on a perilous mission through rough waters and sea creatures. Possible romance alert.
Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats, by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Dec. 7, Del Rey)
Plague refugees visit Pshaw-Ra’s home planet of Mau, where godlike cats are worshiped by human slaves—and hunted down by a mysterious enemy.
The Bards of Bone Plain, by Patricia A. McKillip (Dec. 7, Ace)
Scholar Phelan Cle unearths a disk marked with ancient runes, with disastrous results.
Hawkmoon: The Runestaff, by Michael Moorcock (Dec. 7, Tor)
The final book in this epic fantasy chronicling the adventures of Dorian Hawkmoon, an incarnation of Moorcock’s famed Eternal Champion.
The Iron Palace, by Morgan Howell (Dec. 28, Del Rey)
Armed with a dark magic he barely understands, Froan sets out to claim his destiny.
Guild Wars: Edge of Destiny, by J. Robert King (Dec. 28, Pocket Star)
The age of mortals may soon be over. This is a time for heroes. While the races of Tyria stand apart, six heroic individuals will come together to fight for their people. Will it be enough?
Elric Swords and Roses, by Michael Moorcock (Dec. 28, Del Rey)
The sixth and final omnibus edition of author Michael Moorcock’s most famous creation, with a foreword by Tad Williams.
The Dark Griffin (The Fallen Moon), by K.J. Taylor (Dec. 28, Ace)
Being chosen as a griffin’s companion has allowed Arren Cardockson to gain a place of status within the land of Cymria. But Arren can’t escape his Northerner slave origins.
How do you define fantasy? Does the presence of a romantic element kick it out of the fantasy category and consign it to the aisle with contemporary bodice-rippers?