With the movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time in theaters, now is a good time to continue with the series. A Wind in the Door is my personal favorite of the series, and magical for kids and adults. Meg rides again, this time on a quest to save not the world, but a single life. The micro universe is just as epic and enthralling as the cosmos, and the Cherubim who accompanies Meg on her adventure ranks as one of my favorite angels in fiction.
Speaking of angels, if you’re in the mood for something different, Something More Than Night may fill the bill. Angelic choirs, conspiracy, threats to reality itself, and a young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time collide in this trippy noir tale.
If I had to describe The Goblin Emperor in a word, it would be “sumptuous.” Those who like more action-oriented fantasy, this ain’t that! The pace is deliberate, events unspooling gradually among smaller domestic vignettes. Fans of worldbuilding (an interesting blend of elves, steampunk, and a rigid society modeled after imperial China) and intricate, lovely description will have a ball.
Another deliberate book, The Golem and the Jinni is as much a historical or literary novel as it is a fantasy, following the travails of a naive young golem woman and a hot-headed jinni newly freed from his lamp. The characters are three-dimensional, with inner lives and anxieties that make them feel real. The little details of immigrant life in turn-of-the-century New York are so well rendered you can almost smell the food and hear the clatter of traffic.
If you haven’t read Good Omens, now is a great time to get on the trolley. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett together is pure alchemy, and with the TV adaptation in the works there will be no shortage of people to
scream about the apocalypse have very grown-up discussions with.
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