Fantasy November 11, 2020

The 19th Bladesman

S. J. Hartland

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
A rich and complex world of sword-wielding fighters and seductive sorceresses, written in percussive, lyrical prose. The 19th Bladesman (Dark Blade, 2018) first introduces us to Kaell, the eponymous hero …

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Fantasy October 9, 2020

The Sisters Grimm

Menna Van Praag

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Today I talked to Menna Van Praag about her new book The Sisters Grimm (Harper Voyager, 2020)... In a set up reminiscent of the show Orphan Black, four feisty young …
Fantasy September 11, 2020

Beneath The Rising

Premee Mohamed

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Premee Mohamed's Beneath the Rising (Solaris, 2020) is simultaneously a far-flung horror story and an exploration of an intimate relationship. At the heart of this novel, full of threatening monsters …
Fantasy August 11, 2020

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Laura Ruby

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Francesca and Toni are brought to the orphanage when their mother suffers a breakdown and dies, and their father gets involved with a new woman. Their story, set in Chicago …
Fantasy June 29, 2020


Kathleen Jennings

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Flyaway ( is a rich and simmering stew of vivid images, psychological tension, and dashes of horror which conspire to create an original and startling tale. The convoluted and intertwining …
Fantasy May 22, 2020

The Evil Within

S. M. Hardy

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Jim, our narrator, experiences a crisis of conscience in the wake of the possible suicide of his girlfriend. He quits his high-paying job seizing assets for a loan company and …
Fantasy April 20, 2020

The Heart of the Circle

Keren Landsman

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Reed Katz is in many ways an ordinary guy. He shares an apartment in Tel Aviv with his best friend, Daphne, works in a coffee shop, crushes on Lee, a …
Fantasy April 15, 2020

George R.R. Martin and the Fantasy Form

Joseph Rex Young

Hosted by Carrie Lynn Evans
“In the game of thrones you either win or you die”––with over 10 million viewers per episode of Game of Thrones, one of the most successful television shows of all …
Fantasy March 17, 2020

The Immortal Conquistador

Carrie Vaughn

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead, Ricardo found the end of his mortal life, and a new one, as a renegade vampire …
Fantasy February 20, 2020

Girl of Fire

Gabrielle Mathieu

Hosted by C. P. Lesley
In the fantasy medieval land of Trea—a conservative society that despite its worship of the goddess Amur respects her human daughters only as wives and mothers—eighteen-year-old Berona has limited expectations …
Fantasy February 3, 2020

A Queen in Hiding

Book 1 of The Nine Realms

Sarah Kozloff

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Sarah Kozloff does her world building gradually and carefully, introducing you to a few characters you get to know and care for, before moving on to other lands and cultures …
Fantasy January 20, 2020


Priya Sharm

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
A slim volume you can swallow in one melancholy winter afternoon, best with sips of a mellow amber whisky with undertones of peat, Priya Sharm's Ormeshadow (, 2019) is more …
Fantasy December 20, 2019

Rule of Capture

Christopher Brown

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Donny Kimoe, a wise-cracking lawyer who used to work for the prosecution and has kept his security clearance, believes in the legal system. His work as a defense attorney will …
Fantasy October 23, 2019

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters

Emily Roberson

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Welcome to New Books in Fantasy and Adventure, a podcast channel on the New Books Network. Today we’ll be talking with Emily Roberson about her debut YA novel, Lifestyles of …
Fantasy September 6, 2019

The Hazel Wood

Melissa Albert

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Melissa Albert's novel The Hazel Wood (Flatiron Books, 2018) is a shivery delight, like a dazzling vintage ball gown of paisley silk, slithering over your head. Reading it is like …
Fantasy July 30, 2019

The Lost Puzzler

The Tarakan Chronicles

Eyal Kless

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
A picaresque novel about a serious boy with special powers, The Lost Puzzler takes place in an impoverished, technologically backwards world. After the fall of the advanced Tarakan Empire, the …
Fantasy July 4, 2019

Echo in Onyx

Uncommon Echoes

Sharon Shinn

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Brianna, our narrator, is the daughter of a country inn-keeper. Her quick thinking and compassion during a job interview earn her a coveted position as lady’s maid for Lady Marguerite …
Fantasy May 31, 2019

Bobby Ether and the Jade Academy

R. Scott Boyer

Hosted by Jim Stein
When sixteen-year-old Bobby Ether is abducted and brought to the secluded Jade Academy in Tibet, monks teach him and other special students how to tap into their Anima—the universal energy …
Fantasy May 29, 2019

The Poppy War

R. F. Kuang

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Rin, an orphan raised by a family that treats her badly, is no Harry Potter, despite the superficial similarities. No kindly wizards await her; there are no summons from a …
Fantasy April 8, 2019


Madeline Miller

Hosted by Gabrielle Mathieu
Circe is an immortal naiad, the daughter of the Sun God, Helios. Ignored or belittled by her divine kin because of her human-sounding voice, dull-colored hair, and quiet manner, she …