Under-rated and Forgotten Fantasy

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Books that never caught on or have been forgotten due to old-fashioned writing style or just bad luck. A public compliment to the Best Fantasy You've Never Read master list. Bestselling books don't belong here, but minor works by well-know authors do. i.e. Farmer Giles of Ham by Tolkien and not The Hobbit. This is the place to share a beloved book. I will only edit out the ridicluous or obscene.
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The Birthgrave

by Tanith Lee

The Birthgrave is Tanith Lee's first published novel -- the first book of a trilogy of stunning imagination -- and remains one of her most memorable best. This fine edition includes a new introduction by the author.

A mysterious woman awakens in the heart of a dormant volcano and comes forth into a brutal ancient world transformed by genocidal pestilence, war, fierce beauty, and cultural devastation. She has no memory of herself, and she could be anyone -- mortal woman, demoness lover, last living heir to a long-gone race, or a goddess of destruction. Compelled by the terrifying Karrakaz to search for the mysterious Jade that is the answer to her secret self, she embarks on a journey of timeless wonder.

Come within this realm of brilliant cruel beauty and seductive immortal ruins, of savage war and grand conquest, of falling stars and silver gods, of longing and desire.

Rediscover the exotic wonder of The Birthgrave Trilogy.


Of The Light

by Risa Aratyr

The death of a great snow elk is essential to the balance of magic in the world of Eirinn, and the task falls to Blackthorn, who must set aside his love for the doomed Roisin Dubh for the sake of his quest. A first novel.

The Aware

by Glenda Larke

While searching for an enigmatic slave woman on the lawless Gorthan Spit island, Blaze, an outcast and agent for the Keeper Isles, employs her ability to sense magic and uncovers an evil plot that threatens the existence of the eleven nations of the Isles of Glory. Original.
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