The books I call ‘classic fantasy,’ as in ‘taking place in a fantasy world.’ They may or may not involve an epic quest, epic battles or epic achievements. They often do not involve Earth, or at least a familiar one.

The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Best Served Cold (The First Law #2) by Joe Abercrombie

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

Chaos Mage by Stephen Aryan

Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Geist: Book of the Order by Philippa Ballantine

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1) by Philippa Ballantine

The Essential Peter S. Beagle, Vol. 1 by Peter S. Beagle

Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear

Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear

City of Stairs (Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Blades (Divine Cities #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Miracles (Divine Cities #3) by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside (2017) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop

Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop

Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop

The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe

Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood #1) by Aliette de Bodard

Harbinger of the Storm (Obsidian and Blood #2) by Aliette de Bodard

The Tea Master and the Detective (Xuya universe) by Aliette de Bodard

Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (Fallen universe) by Aliette de Bodard

The Translated Man by Chris Braak

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1) by Peter V. Brett

The Phoenix Guards (Khaavren Romances #1) by Steven Brust

Jhereg (Vlad Taltos #1) by Steven Brust

Hawk (Vlad Taltos #14) by Steven Brust

Vallista (Vlad Taltos #15) by Steven Brust

Paladin of Souls (Chalion #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City (Great Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Sweet Silver Blues (Garrett P.I. #1) by Glen Cook

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica

Ghosts of Tsavo (Society of Paranormals #1) by Vered Ehsani

Cold Magic (Spiritwalker #1) by Kate Elliot

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime #1) by Jasper Fforde

The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime #2) by Jasper Fforde

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Thursday Next #6) by Jasper Fforde

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

Last First Snow by Max Gladstone

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire #1) by Clay and Susan Griffith

The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall

The Time of the Dark (Darwath #1) by Barbara Hambly

Magistrates of Hell (James Asher #8) by Barbara Hambly

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

Housetrap by R.J. Hore (PI mystery)

Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day by Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal The Necromancer (Cabal #1) by Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal the Detective (Cabal #2) by Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (Cabal #3) by Jonathan L. Howard

The Brothers Cabal (Cabal #4) by Jonathan L. Howard

The Fall of the House of Cabal (Cabal #5) by Jonathan L. Howard

Cabal short stories by Jonathan L. Howard

God’s War (Bel Dame #1) by Kameron Hurley

Infidel (Bel Dame #2) by Kameron Hurley

Rapture (Bel Dame #3) by Kameron Hurley

Apocalypse Nyx (stories) by Kameron Hurley

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart

The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart

Eight Skilled Gentleman by Barry Hughart

The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1) by N.K. Jemisin

The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood #2) by N.K. Jemisin

The Summer Tree (Fionavar Tapestry Book One) by Guy Gavriel Kay

Daggerspell (Deverry #1) by Katharine Kerr

Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher

A Wizards’ Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire#1) by Mark Lawrence

Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser #1) by Fritz Leiber

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling

Fox’s Bride by A.E. Marling

A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Broken Blade (Fallen Blade #1) by Kelly McCullough

Sheepfarmer’s Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion #1) by Elizabeth Moon

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

In Shades of Grey by Melissa Myers

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

The Serpent (The Gameshouse #1) by Claire North

The Thief (The Gameshouse #2) by Claire North

The Master (The Gameshouse #3) by Claire North

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

The Long Game by K.J. Parker

The Wandering Inn by Pirateaba

Low Town by Daniel Polansky

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Guards!Guards! (City Watch #1, Discworld #8) by Terry Pratchett

Night Watch (City Watch #6, Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett

The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia

Mistborn (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive#1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Trees by Ali Shaw

Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith

The Song of Mavin Manyshaped (Mavin Manyshaped #1) by Sheri S. Tepper

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Made Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, Illustrated by Marc Simont

All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle

The Mister Trophy (Markhat #1) by Frank Tuttle

Hold the Dark (Markhat #3) by Frank Tuttle

The Cadaver Client (Markhat #4) by Frank Tuttle

The Banshee’s Walk (Markhat, #5) by Frank Tuttle

Brown River Queen (Markhat #7) by Frank Tuttle

The Darker Carnival (Markhat #9) by Frank Tuttle

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Ursula Vernon short stories

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo

Necropolis by Tim Waggoner

Among Others by Jo Walton

Farthing (Small Change, #1), by Jo Walton

Shadows Edge (Night Angel #2) by Brent Weeks

Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) by Brent Weeks

The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura #1) by Martha Wells

The Element of Fire by Martha Wells

Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells

Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells

City of Bones by Martha Wells

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

The Thousand Names (Book One of the Shadow Campaigns) by Django Wexler

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White (also listed in sci-fi)

Snake Agent (Detective Chen #1) by Liz Williams

The Shadow Pavilion (Detective Chen #4) by Liz Williams

The Iron Khan (Inspector Chen #5) by Liz Williams

The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

The Iron Jackal (Tales of the Kitty Jay #3) by Chris Wooding

The Ace of Skulls (Tales of the Kitty Jay #4) by Chris Wooding

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

Once Upon a Time (She Said) by Jane Yolen

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny

Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 70

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