The rich and complex genre of fantasy fiction appeals to readers of all ages. Designed for readers' advisors and collection development specialists in public, school, and college libraries, this in-depth guide expands upon the material on fantasy fiction offered in Genreflecting. Herald offers a historical and structural overview of the genre, describes 15 subgenres and a score of variations within them, and lists the best and most current reads available in the fantasy arena. Descriptive entries contain information about pertinent review resources, bibliographies, criticism, awards, and organizations. An author/title and subject index help provide easy access to specific titles and authors and an appendix lists recommended fantasy titles for young adults. A must for readers' advisors and collection development specialists, this book will also be valuable to writers, researchers, bookstore owners, and dedicated fans of fantasy fiction.
Reviews "Librarians new to reader's advisory and unfamiliar with the fantasy...genres will find [this] guide very helpful...Describes 15 fantasy subgenres...listing for each the best and most current books available."—Library Journal
"Comprehensive yet easy to use, this book is an indispensable guide for middle and high school librarians as well as those in public libraries. Young adults themselves can easily glean the information they need from this well-organized, clear guide."—VOYA
"This useful book begins by providing a definition of fantasy and a history of the genre."—School Library Journal
"This comprehensive resource defines and organizes the many subgenres of fantasy literature. Annotations and recommended lists of titles with keywords help readers to find similar books.This accessible guide is easy for teens to use themselves."—VOYA