10 Wonderful Books That Blend Fantasy With Other Genres
Fantasy is a wonderful type of literature in its own right, but it can be taken in whole new creative directions when it's mixed with other genres. Once those floodgates are open, anything is possible, from vampires who solve crimes to robots who cast powerful magic. The ten books on this list combine fantasy with historical fiction, horror, romance, and more. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
10 Wonderful Books That Blend Fantasy With Other Genres
Genres That Blend Well With Fantasy
Fun Activities For Fantasy Fans
- Host a magical movie night
- Enter a Magic: The Gathering tournament
- Play a fantasy video game with friends
- Use a Ouija board to contact the spirits
- Create a cosplay of your favorite character
- Have a board game night
- Podcast about your favorite show, movie, or book
8 Great Fantasy Films
- Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
- The Lord of the Rings (2001)
- Practical Magic (1998)
- The Last Unicorn (1982)
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
- Blood and Chocolate (2007)
- Labyrinth (1986)
- Dragonslayer (1981)
How and Why We Read
Some fantasy novels take us to brand new lands full of mythical creatures, while others are set in alternate versions of our own reality, where magic and supernatural entities coexist with the modern world. It's a very versatile genre that can seamlessly mix with others, such as science fiction, horror, and historical fiction. These hybrid works can delve into unique stories limited only by the writer's imagination. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of ten wonderful books that blend fantasy with other genres. Take note that this list is done in no particular order.
First up, at #1, we have "The Devourers" by Indra Das. In the city of Kolkata, a college professor named Alok meets a stranger who claims that he's half-werewolf. The mysterious man asks him to transcribe a collection of manuscripts about a woman named Cyrah and Fenrir, a shapeshifter. As he studies these stories, he becomes increasingly fascinated by their gruesome history and the stranger that hired him. It's a dark and unsettling tale that mixes elements of fantasy and horror, and it deals with sensitive topics, such as rape.
Next, at #2, is "Sky in the Deep" by Adrienne Young. It features a fictionalized take on the Viking Age, and it's centered on Eelyn, a seventeen-year-old warrior of the Aska clan. One day, she encounters her brother, who supposedly died five years ago, on the battlefield fighting for their rivals, the Riki clan. She eventually gets captured by her enemies, and starts questioning why she was raised to hate them. When a mysterious new enemy threatens to wipe them all out, Eelyn has to find a way to unite their warring tribes.
It features a fictionalized take on the Viking Age, and it's centered on Eelyn, a seventeen-year-old warrior of the Aska clan.
At #3 is "Shoot the Messenger." Written by Pippa DaCosta, it's the first entry of her "Messenger Chronicles" series, which mainly revolves around the adventures of a woman named Kesh Lasota. She's a courier with special abilities who delivers illegal messages in Halow, one of Earth's sister star systems. When one of her recipients gets murdered, she's forced to go on the run, and the only way to clear her name is to hunt down a creature that is threatening to start another war between humans and the fae.
Next up, at #4, we have "Dead by Morning" by Kayla Krantz. It's about Luna Ketz, a loner who somehow gets the attention of Chance Welfrey, the most popular boy in her high school. Despite her constant rejection of his advances, he somehow finds ways to enter her life. Things take a horrifying turn when some of her classmates get murdered, and she starts having strange dreams about Chance. Now, she has to figure out what he's really up to before she becomes his next victim.
At #5 is "Dawn's Promise" by A.W. Exley. Set in late 19th century England, it's about Dawn Uxbridge, a woman born with a potentially fatal heart condition. When a tragic accident claims the lives of her parents, she's forced to find work despite her poor health. Eventually, she lands a job as a gardener at the estate of Jasper, the Earl of Seton. She soon realizes that the estate holds many secrets, and she stumbles upon a whole new world full of supernatural creatures.
Set in late 19th century England, it's about Dawn Uxbridge, a woman born with a potentially fatal heart condition.
Next, at #6, is "Skeleton God." Written by Eliot Pattison, it's the ninth book of his "Inspector Shan" series, which features the eponymous Chinese police officer as he solves criminal cases in Tibet. While investigating the assault of an elderly nun, Shan finds a mysterious ancient tomb with three corpses inside, including the relatively fresh body of an American. As he digs deeper into the case, he finds himself becoming involved in the political struggles of Tibet.
At #7 is "Chasing Graves" by Ben Galley. On his first night in Araxes, infamously known as the City of Countless Souls, locksmith Caltro is murdered by a group of soul-stealing slavers. Brought back to life as an undead thrall of a wealthy nobleman, he has to find a way to free himself from his master and get revenge on the people who killed him. It's a fast-paced tale with several interweaving storylines, and it explores a society where death and slavery are rampant.
Next up, at #8, we have "The Last Days of Magic" by Mark Tompkins. This novel mixes Biblical and Celtic mythologies to add a fantastical twist to the Christianization of Europe during the later years of the Middle Ages. It follows Aisling, an Irish goddess, as she tries to unite the Celtic clans and the mythical creatures of Ireland in order to fight off the forces of the Catholic Church, whose goal is to remove all traces of magic from the world.
This novel mixes Biblical and Celtic mythologies to add a fantastical twist to the Christianization of Europe during the later years of the Middle Ages.
At #9 is "Stay" by Jennifer Silverwood. Thousands of years ago, Rona was cursed to become the savior of true love, a concept she doesn't believe in. Since then, she's lived her life as an invisible and immortal entity whose purpose is to mend the broken relationships of others. One day, Rona encounters a man who looks exactly like her former lover from millennia ago, and despite being able to see her, he has no memory of who she is. Now, she's torn between trying to reignite the spark they once had and finally letting go.
Finally, at #10, we have "A Greater Monster" by David David Katzman. The story follows an unnamed protagonist whose perception of reality gets warped after ingesting a mysterious black pill given to him by a homeless person. It's a psychedelic adventure through a twisted and unfamiliar alternate universe full of dangerous creatures, and readers are sure to enjoy the author's unique approach to storytelling.