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Fantasy fiction is defined by the presence of magic and supernatural elements. While fantasy may share many characteristics with science fiction, what ultimately distinguishes fantasy scenarios is that they are not scientifically feasible, even in a distant future.

Fantasy is characterized by intricate world-building, and is set in a different world, which can be in the past or the present, as well as on Earth or in an out-of-time place. The fantasy worlds are populated by mythical (dragons, unicorns, elves, etc.) and paranormal (vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc.) creatures.

Story lines often revolve around a battle between good and evil, and fantasy series normally conclude with the defeat of the antagonist. The protagonist often possesses a magical ability that helps her in triumphing over evil.

Perhaps the two most popular fantasy subgenres at this point are high/epic fantasy and urban fantasy.

The fantasy subgenres seen here reflect most, but not all, of what's being published today. Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write fantasy fiction, explore a genre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.


  • Comic Fantasy
  • Contemporary Fantasy
  • High/Epic Fantasy
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Slipstream/Interstices
  • Traditional Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Weird Fiction

Landmark Fantasy Titles

Here are select fantasy must-read titles:

  • A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness is a Fantasy Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon is a Historical Fantasy Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • THE THORN OF DENTONHILL by Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • Comic Fantasy Book - Bloodsucking Fiends  
  • Contemporary Fantasy Book - Solstice Wood  
  • High/Epic Fantasy - The Name of the Wind  
  • Historical Fantasy Book - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell  
  • Slipstream/Interstices Fantasy Book - Magic for Beginners  
  • Traditional Fantasy - The Last Unicorn  
  • Urban Fantasy Book - War for the Oaks  
  • Weird Fantasy - Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos  
  • Comic Fantasy Book - A Spell for Chameleon  
  • Contemporary Fantasy Book - American Gods  
  • High/Epic Fantasy Book - A Game of Thrones  
  • Historical Fantasy Book - People of the Thunder  
  • Urban Fantasy Book - The Onion Girl  

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