Although I like to read a wide range of books, I always take a while to get into something new— which makes me a regular re-reader of old favorite books and authors. It’s always nice for me when an author I love writes a new series or in a new style, because it makes me more likely to try it out– and in the case of genres, once I find one book I like, I’m likely to try others. I’m naturally a fantasy or historical fiction reader, but Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series got me to like mysteries, enough that I tried Ian Rankin and grande dame Agatha Cristie.
Of course, the big genres like fantasy have sprouted a whole bunch of sub-genres, and there are tons of fantasy sub-genres that I haven’t fully explored. Luckily, one of my favorite authors, Robin McKinley, has written in a wide variety of fantasy sub-genres. Even better, she’s got a new book, Shadows, just out two weeks ago that will hopefully entice me to give another go to what she refers to on her blog as her â€œalt modernâ€ style.
Here’s my guide to exploring fantasy sub-genres through the works of Robin McKinley: