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Cassandra Clare Signs Seven-Figure Book Deal for New Series

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Cassandra Clare, New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Young Adult urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and  The Dark Artifices, has just signed a seven-figure book deal with Del Rey Books to launch a new series in the same genre, but with an adult audience as the focus. Sword Catcher, the first book in this new series is currently in progress, and a publication date will be announced shortly. Readers should expect the books to be high fantasy novels, dealing with “criminals, princes, magicians, and warriors,” a step away from the New York City set of The City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare tweeted the big news yesterday:   While not much has been reported…

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June Author Crush: Robin Hobb, Like Tolkien and R. R. Martin, is a Master Worldbuilder

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From Game of Thrones to His Dark Materials, I love all kinds of fantasy. But it’s not easy to find a series that ticks off all the boxes: epic but still heartfelt, detailed but not overwhelming, and filled with characters I want to spend book-after-book with daily. More often than not, I leave a fantasy book feeling a little cheated and a little lost. But that’s never the case with Robin Hobb. Not only does Hobb create epic and compelling stories, she’s basically the queen of worldbuilding, completely immersing her readers in an intricately-constructed world. Her characters are also so realistic that you feel like you know them – which is not always easy to pull off in books about dragons and living ships. Robin…

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Fantasy Wins: 11 Novels by Female Authors Giving Us Book Fever

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A few months ago, we brought you 15 fantasy novels by female authors that are just electrifying the genre. Since then, even more female-written fantasies have — or are about to! — hit bookshelves, and we couldn’t be more excited. Here are the best of the best: 11 more fantasy novels by female authors that are definite must-reads: The Fate of the Tearling: Queen of the Tearling, Book 3, Erika Johansen (Harper, November 29, 2016) Johansen wraps up her successful Queen of Tearling series with the final installment of Kelsea Glynn’s story after she ascends to the throne. But Tear is still in turmoil, and it’s up to the strong leader to save her realm and her people. Closer to the…

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