Michael Neate

Michael Neate
Michael is a lifelong Fantasy reader and a History teacher by profession. Given his love of Ancient and Medieval times, he has toyed with the idea of writing historical Fantasy in those settings. Michael will always be thankful to his 6th grade teacher who suggested he read The Hobbit. He is not sure whether or not to thank the high school friend who introduced him to The Wheel of Time. Michael loves writers who avoid patronising the reader and telling them all about their invented world but show their characters and setting through intense action and crackling dialogue.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris is the debut novel from Ranting Dragon favorite Brandon Sanderson. Published in 2005, way back before Sanderson took over The Wheel of Time and became (by many people’s estimation) an overnight success, Elantris is a testament to the hard work …

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Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Redemption in Indigo is the debut novel from Barbadian writer Karen Lord (I did have to Google how to refer to someone from Barbados). It has won several literary awards that are unfamiliar to me, including the Crawford Award for best fantasy …

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Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

Sabriel is the first novel in Garth Nix’s young adult Old Kingdom series (Abhorsen Trilogy in North America). Nix was Guest of Honor at the 2009 World Fantasy Convention and was invited to emcee the Hugo Awards ceremony at Aussiecon4 in 2010.  …

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Legend by David Gemmell

Legend is considered a classic in the modern fantasy genre. It is the novel that launched the career of bestselling author David Gemmell and the first volume of his famous Drenai Saga. The series is composed of a series of related, standalone …

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