2016 steampunk action, 12 episodes, anime original:
"Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress". With the shogunate ravaged by zombies
(kabane), civilisation survives in great walled "stations" and the
armoured steam "fortresses" that travel between them.
2015 fantasy, adaptation of a light novel series, 12 episodes:
a world where gods dwell among humans, Bell Cranel is a novice
adventurer. Full title: Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte
Iru Darouka: Familia Myth, or Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in
2014 modern fantasy/romance. Jade Crow runs a comics-and-games shop in
Wylde, Idaho, where lots of magical creatures congregate. She's hiding
from someone. But she isn't going to be able to stay hidden.
2011 non-historical fiction, sequel to Fly By Night. Mosca Mye and
Eponymous Clent are still in trouble, and attempting to flee through
Toll, the town that controls the only bridge across the big river. But
both entering and leaving have their price. US vt Fly Trap.
2016 contemporary fantasy novel adaptation in 13 episodes:
"Myriad Colors Phantom World". Phantoms, weird magical creatures
created by the human subconscious, are everywhere; Haruhiko and his
school friends seal them away when they cause trouble.
2012 historical fantasy, first in the Order of the Air series. In
1929, as Lake Nemi is drained in search of its archaeological
treasures, an ancient evil is loosed. Only four heroic
aviator-magicians will be able to fight it.
2016 fantasy romance, shoujo manga continuation in 12 episodes as well
as an OVA that bridges the two series:
"Snow White with the Red Hair". Shirayuki the herbalist continues to
develop her low-key romance with Prince Zen.
2016 fantasy manga adaptation in 10 episodes:
"Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!". Kazuma the
shut-in dies in a traffic accident, but a goddess allows him to return
to life in another world.
2015 science-fantasy. The world known as the Stillness is wracked by
tectonic activity; only the earth-shapers, the orogenes, can hold
things together. So naturally they are slaves.
2009 steampunk fantasy. Darian Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay
and her crew of misfits, as they go about doing small-time jobs for
small-time people. But they're all about to play for much higher
stakes than they were ever expecting.
2008 fantasy. The isolated towns and villages of the volcanic
Gullstruck Island rely on the Lost, who can project their senses at a
distance, to keep them in contact with each other. Arilou is one such
Lost, and Hathin is her helper. But it's all going to get vastly more
complicated. US vt The Lost Conspiracy.
2015 futuristic fantasy, 13 episodes, sequel to 2012's K:
The Kings, magical masters who can also empower their clansmen, come
together for a final battle.
2015 fantasy, ten episodes. The grandson of Robert Jekyll fights
monsters in 1930s London; some of them are human.
2009 urban fantasy. Evie Scelan isn't a magician: she just has a knack
for tracking things by scent. But staying out of the way of the
magical rulers of Boston isn't as easy as simply keeping her head
2007 young adult fantasy. Ryan, Chelle and Josh fish some coins out of
the old well, to pay for a bus home. Then things get far too
complicated, far too fast. US vt Well Witched.
2015 modern fantasy, 10 episodes; the scrappy team of magic-hunting
Librarians fights against a resurrected Prospero who's planning to
remake the world.
John Dallman invented the term Occult Secret Service to describe the
Laundry novels of Charles Stross (from 2001) and the Broom
Cupboard novels of David Devereux (from 2008). It's become popular in
other fiction and in role-playing games. Is it useful to analyse it
2014 military fantasy. The unnamed protagonist leads a unit of The
Line in repelling an invasion by the Dark Lord in the next country.
2014-2015 urban fantasy, 16 episodes. The succubus Bo faces her
biggest challenges yet, as her father tries to use her to take over
Contemporary fantasy, fourth in the series. Peter Grant, Metropolitan
Police constable and magician, looks into a number of cases that seem
to be tying back to a Brutalist tower block in Southwark.
2005 non-historical fiction. Mosca lives in a tiny rural village, but
her exiled father taught her to read and to love words. She takes her
first opportunity to escape, and finds herself (and Saracen the goose)
mixed up in matters that will determine the fate of a great city.
2016 SF and fantasy. Patricia is a witch who can sometimes talk with
animals, and Laurence is a budding mad scientist. Having met and split
up during their hellish schooldays, they meet again as the world seems
to be winding towards its end.
2015 fantasy, light novel adaptation in 13 episodes:
Momonga stays on-line as his favourite VR MMORPG Yggdrasil is shut
down, and finds himself not kicked out but stuck in the game world.
And now the NPCs are acting like people…
2005 futuristic fantasy. Detective Inspector Chen is a cop in the
franchised city Singapore Three, in charge of magical and supernatural
investigations. When a missing girl's soul turns up demonstrably in
Hell, rather than Heaven where it should be, that's the first thread
of a long and political investigation.
2015 pseudo-historical fantasy, novel series adaptation in 25
"Heroic Legend of Arslan". Prince Arslan of Pars is the weak son of a
tough and vicious king. But when the Parsian army is defeated by
treachery, he may be the only member of the royal family left…
1900 collection of funny and fantastic stories of Imperial China.
1996 SF/fantasy short story collection of some of Drake's more
humorous short stories.
2015 modern fantasy, 4-koma manga adaptation in 12 episodes:
"Castle Town Dandelion". The king announces that he'll retire in a
year; his children campaign to be elected in his place.
2015 modern fantasy, shounen manga adaptation in 25 episodes:
"Circle of Reincarnation". High school student Mamiya Sakura can see
spirits. It turns out that her classmate Rokudō Rinne is also working
as a shinigami, helping lost spirits reach the wheel of reincarnation.
But she's entered a dangerous world…
2015 modern comedic fantasy, manga adaptation in 12 episodes:
"Everyday Life with Monster Girls". Various fantastic species suddenly
exist, and some of them live with host families in Japan.
2015 fantasy romance, shoujo manga adaptation in 12 episodes:
"Snow White with the Red Hair". Shirayuki the herbalist flees the
unwelcome attentions of the prince of her country, only to meet Zen,
the junior prince of the next realm over.
2015 fantasy, 10 episodes. In a technomagical world, four heroes will
hunt down the resurgent Prophet who was responsible for the last great
2015 fantasy novella in the World of the Five Gods (formerly known as
Chalion). Lord Penric, an impoverished nobleman, is on his way to his
betrothal when he comes upon a riding accident. Before he knows what's
happened, he's inherited a demon, and everyone's looking at him as
though he might explode at any moment.
2015 military fantasy. As the war between Lascanne and Denland drags
on, the gentlewoman Emily Marshwic finds herself fighting on the
2015 fantasy. Wasp is an Archivist, hunting, studying and binding
ghosts for the goddess Catchkeep and Her priest in a world that has
suffered some great catastrophe in the distant past.
2015 Regency fantasy, first of a planned trilogy. "Zacharias Wythe,
England's first African Sorcerer Royal, is contending with attempts to
depose him, rumours that he murdered his predecessor, and an alarming
decline in England's magical stocks. But his troubles are multiplied
when he encounters runaway orphan Prunella Gentleman, who has just
stumbled upon English magic's greatest discovery in centuries."
2015 modern fantasy. Magic is in the world, but "'mancers" only use it
to cause chaos – and it's still true that nothing is free. Flex is a
drug, distilled magic, but the mundanes who take it are even less able
to deal with the backlash than the 'mancers are. Paul Tsabo, ex-cop
and once known as the only mundane to have killed a 'mancer, tries to
track down the terrorist who's filling people with Flex and sending
them out to destroy themselves and others.
2015 fantasy of sorts: third volume of the memoirs of Lady Trent,
alternate-Victorian naturalist specialising in dragons. Aboard the
Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, Lady Trent travels round the world to
study dragons wherever they may be found.
2011 contemporary fantasy, a "re-imagining" of the Twilight series.
Five years after Luminosity, Elspeth Cullen, daughter of Bella and
Edward, tries to stay alive.
2014-2015 fantasy, light novel adaptation, 25 episodes:
Sequel to 2013-2014's Log Horizon. The players of a virtual-reality
fantasy game are trapped inside it, and have to learn to live in their
1910 children's fantasy. Philip, feeling abandoned after his older
sister and sole family member marries, builds a model city from things
around the house, then finds he has been sucked into it.
2014 technological fantasy. On the island of Kavekana, the main
business is idols: all the convenience of a god, but none of the
commitment or free will of the real thing. One of them has died
thanks to a bad financial deal, but the priestess Kai tried to save
her, and heard something odd as she did.
2012 modern fantasy. For a few years, people have been manifesting
magical powers; in the US, the military has taken control of it all.
Some powers are allowed, some aren't. Oscar Britton, Army helicopter
pilot, is about to develop one of the ones that isn't.
2008 steampunk fantasy romance. Taya is an icarus, one of the couriers
who strap on wings and buoyant metal to carry messages and small
packages across the mountainside city of Ondinium. But a mid-air
rescue brings her to the attention of the city's leaders.
2010 contemporary fantasy, a "re-imagining" of the Twilight series.
Bella Swan is a "rational self-knowledge junkie", so when she meets
vampires, she starts thinking about them rather than blindly falling
1937 children's fantasy. Six stories of wonder, three of them dealing
with the modern magician Mr Leakey.
2014 urban fantasy, sequel to London Falling. As protests brew
into riots during a hot summer, important people are being murdered in
a bizarre and impossible way. Fortunately, the Met has four officers
who specialise in the impossible.
2014 fantasy. Maia is the fourth son of the emperor of Elfland, exiled
to a rural estate and forgotten about. But now the emperor is dead
along with his other sons, and Maia becomes the new emperor, thrown
headlong into court politics for which he is unprepared.
2015, 12 episodes:
Schoolgirls with the spirit of WWII Japanese fighting ships take on an
2013 urban fantasy. Rhian, a young woman from the valleys with some
unusual talents, finds herself in east London, where ancient magics
are mixing with modern in a distinctly unpleasant way.
2014, 12 episodes:
Modern magic. After the sun turns black and Arata's girlfriend
disintegrates before his eyes, he now has to go to magician school.
2012 urban fantasy. The big crime boss is finally arrested, curiously
easily, but explodes in a shower of blood while he's being
interviewed. In trying to work out what happened, four coppers
accidentally step into a much larger world.
2014-2015; the Library is where all the magical artefacts in the world
are stored to keep them (and the world) safe. After three TV movies,
the story has been resurrected as a weekly series.
2014, 13 episodes:
High school boy is asked to be the acting manager of a failing
amusement park populated by fantastic creatures.
2003 comic fantasy. Paul Carpenter applies for a job as a "junior
clerk" at J. W. Wells, not knowing just what it is that they do; but
it seems to be something really quite strange. He'd chuck it in if he
hadn't fallen for his fellow junior clerk…
2014, 10 episodes:
Sequel to last spring's Hitsugi no Chaika.
The daughter of the evil mage-emperor is still collecting his remains
in order to give him a proper funeral.
Contemporary fantasy. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and
magician, investigates the death of a man found stabbed on Baker
2012: Isaac Vainio used to be a libriomancer, someone who can reach
into books and pull out the objects depicted there; but things went
bad and now he works at a small town library. Until the vampires show
up. Minor spoilers will follow.
Contemporary fantasy. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and
magician, investigates the sudden deaths of jazz musicians.
Hard-boiled fantasy. Down the mean streets goes Eddie LaCrosse, a
swordsman who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor
Sisters of the Raven.
The new female wizards, and the king their patron, have to cope with
dream-communications of suffering from abroad, a possible magical
assassin, some new kind of plague that is wiping out villages, and the
king's re-coronation ordeal (which was easier to fake back when magic
Technological fantasy. Sixty years after the Aztec-like city-state of
Dresediel Lex was "liberated" and its gods killed, someone seems to be
trying to break the hold of the company that replaced those gods.
Two shut-ins, a brother and sister game-playing team, are arbitrarily
transplanted into a magical world where all conflict is resolved by
games. They take to it well.
Contemporary fantasy ("urban fantasy" gives the wrong idea now, even
if it's much more appropriate to this book than to many published
under that banner). New constable Peter Grant is about to be sent off
to the paperwork unit, but while he's standing guard over a murder
scene in the small hours a ghost starts to talk to him. Then things
Lightweight but lengthy fantasy, the first in the Dhulyn and Parno
Self-published industrial fantasy romance. The relict of a bishop
inherits her mother's great airship, and tries to avoid becoming the
mistress of the Emperor.
2013-2014, 24 episodes:
On the Star of the East, Oda Nobunaga fights his local battles against
other warlords (with Giant War Armour, of course). But the Star of the
West is approaching, and the stakes are about to get vastly higher.
First of a projected seven-book fantasy series. In a decaying imperial
city, a thief and con-man just wants to be left alone to get on with
his business. But people keep interfering.
A few years after the big magical war against the evil emperor, a pair
of retired soldiers wander the land looking for work. They meet a
young sorceress carrying a coffin on her back, and she employs them to
help her find the remains of her father so that she can give them a
decent burial. Oh, did she mention her father was the evil emperor?
In a city powered by steam heated by a fire-god, that fire-god has
suddenly died. An inexperienced mage looks into what happened.
Gladstone is nominated for the John W. Campbell award for Best New
In the late Edo period, Perry's black ships were fought off by giant
mystical mecha. Twenty years later in Nagasaki, a young yakuza boss
has just unified the town under his rule by beating up everyone who
objected. But he's got bigger things on the way...
These are my thoughts on the remaining Hugo packet submissions for
Best Editor, Short Form. If you're planning to vote, you may wish not
to read these notes until you have done so. There will also be
Fantasy anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan. Twelve new stories that
"encompass as wide a range of types of fantasy story as possible".
Nominated for Best Editor (Short Form).
As wizards, hitherto exclusively male, gradually lose their magical
power, some women discover that they are gaining it.
2013, dir. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Idina Menzel, Kristin Bell:
The new queen flees from her coronation, plunges the country into
winter, and disappears; her sister goes to find her.
The ninth and so far final book in Lackey's Elemental Masters
series. This time our heroine is a circus acrobat fleeing from an
The eighth book (or, if you believe the publisher, seventh) in
Lackey's Elemental Masters series. This time our heroine is a Welsh
fisherman's daughter, and as one might expect from the title and that
set-up the main supernatural beings are "selch", a variant of selkies.
The seventh book (or, if you believe the publisher, sixth) in Lackey's
Elemental Masters series; for a change, it's not just more of the