Cover Story: Fantasy

Here are our librarians' picks:


Kevin Brooks

The world is dying. The oceans are black and full of deadly mutant eels and the few humans left know that their days may be numbered. In their midst lives Jeet, brought up by dogs and still not entirely used to living like a human. It is his task to keep a diary containing a record of the looming final battle between the humans and their deadly adversaries the Wild Ones.

ISBN 9781405276207 - Electric Monkey: 2018 - e-book available

cover of the book Dogchild

Dark Blade

Steve Feasey

Lann is a blind farm-boy and never saw himself as a hero but the gods have other ideas and make him an offer. They will restore his sight if he will take up the legendary monster-killing sword called the Dreadblade and drive out the evil that is stalking his kingdom. Teaming up with a warrior princess and a wise witch he soon finds himself pitched into a fight to the death. This is an exciting Viking-tinged fantasy.

ISBN 9781408873397 - Bloomsbury: 2019 - e-book available

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The True Colours of Coral Glen

Juliette Forrest

After her beloved grandmother dies Coral’s grief is unbearable. She would do anything to see her again and say goodbye properly. When a ghostly boy offers her a chance to do just that if she will help save his graveyard from a malevolent spirit she eagerly accepts. What follows is a spooky and often dangerous adventure with some very odd companions indeed.

ISBN 9781407193229 - Scholastic: 2019

cover of the book The true colors of Coral Glen

The Deathless Girls

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Growing up in her twin Kizzy’s shadow, Lil awaits their seventeenth birthday, when the girls will discover what fate has in store for them. Instead, their home comes under attack and the girls are captured and put to work as kitchen slaves – until Kizzy is taken as a gift for the terrifying Dragon. This feminist retelling gives us the backstory of the Brides of Dracula, looking at the choices they must make and the bonds they choose.

ISBN 9781510106918 - Orion: 2019

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Sea Witch

Sarah Henning

When Evie sees a mermaid rescuing her best friend from drowning she is doubly astonished because the mermaid looks like a girl who died years ago. Before she knows it Evie has been enlisted in the mermaid’s plan to get the boy she rescued to love her. But events take a more sinister turn and Evie finds her life hanging in the balance. This slow-burning fantasy is a retelling of ‘The Little Mermaid’ from the evil witch’s point of view.

ISBN 9780008297213 - HarperCollins: 2018 - e-book available

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Tempests and Slaughter

Tamora Pierce

Arram Draper, a young but talented trainee mage, thought he had come to the University of Carthak to learn magic but he and his new-found friends find that their studies are accompanied by adventures full of intrigue and violence which test their friendships to the limit. An epic and full-throated fantasy, this is the first in a new series.

ISBN 9780008304355 - HarperCollins: 2018 - e-book available

cover of the book Tempests and slaughter

Oh My Gods

Alexandra Sheppard

Helen’s family is unique. Her father is Zeus, king of the gods, who has fled from Mount Olympus and is living anonymously in London. Her stuck-up sister is Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. But Helen doesn’t care. All she wants is to fit in at her new school, make some new friends and who knows, maybe even kiss a boy. Can she keep her extraordinary family under wraps so that she can get what she wants?

ISBN 9781407188737 - Scholastic: 2019

cover of the book Oh my gods

Updated: 31 October 2019