The Best Fantasy Novels You (Probably) Haven’t Read


The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells

Most authors would be happy with building one compelling universe; Wells seems to come up with a new one every few years. The Death of the Necromancer is one of her earliest novels, and one of her best — it creates a setting that falls somewhere between fantasy and Victorian gothic, populated with characters both relatable and memorable. Wells’ prose is wryly amusing and easy to read, and the result is a book that’s awfully difficult to set back on the bedside table.