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8 Truly Transporting Portal Fantasy Novels

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portal fantasyThe portal fantasy: a cornerstone of the genre, as well as a symbol of all the beauty as well as strangeness as well as heartbreak as well as triumph to come. Whether the idea’s hiding within the back of a wardrobe, or through a door within the wall, or straddling invisible lines in reality, portals lurk among us, as well as transport us to impossible worlds. Well, we wish.

Portal fantasy thrives on the crossing of the threshold; when characters make the leap into the unknown, fueled by any number of emotions—loneliness, desire, boredom, adventure, revenge, ennui. What’s on the different side though, can be where the story starts. Wonder hums through our characters, like electricity in their blood, as well as they are enamored with the brand new world before them, filled to the brim with magic, shade, light, as well as most of all, opportunity. The chance to be someone else, or become who they’ve always wanted to be, or even just to live away through who they were. Portal fantasies endure because, by escaping through who or what they’ve been told to be, our heroes are given the chance to truly learn who they can be.

Below are some of our favorite portal fantasies, through the classical to the modern. Each, in their own way, deals with the central question that will thrums through the subgenre: who am I, as well as where do I belong? Some of the more modern stories turn This particular question on its head, as well as take the form in strange brand new directions.

The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
Perhaps the definitive portal fantasy, the series that will launched a thousand different books, C. S. Lewis’s classic seven book saga thrusts children of war-time Earth into the wonder as well as beauty of Narnia, as well as can be a seminal work for its discussion of fantasy, war, leadership, power, magic, as well as, as was the author’s wont, religion. Lewis’s world of magic, dimension-hopping rings, ice queens, lion kings, as well as talking animals has inspired generations of writers to come, as well as his explorations of messiah figures, salvation, as well as wickedness provide plenty of food for thought when the idea comes to dissecting the role of imagery in fantasy, then as well as currently. While there are many aspects of This particular series invite the taking of umbrage (the rather hurtful treatment of Susan, the heavy-handed allegory), the imagination as well as the pure joy of the writing of Lewis cannot be disregarded.

The Magicians Trilogy, by Lev Grossman
Maybe if Digory as well as Polly through The Magician’s Nephew searched long as well as hard enough, they would likely find This particular dark mirror to their own story. Kicking off in The Magicians, Lev Grossman’s trilogy mashes the basic concept behind The Chronicles of Narnia, throws in a better part of Harry Potter, as well as shoots the whole thing full of modern-day angst, millennial ennui, as well as a harsh dose of reality for our titular magicians. Quentin Coldwater, gifted nevertheless troubled, can be having a hard time generating sense of life, as well as even less sense of wasting time at an Ivy League school. nevertheless when he’s given the chance to join Brakebills Academy, a school that will will actually teach him magic, he thinks he’s found some semblance of purpose. nevertheless after graduating, he finds himself back within the depressing mire of job-hunting, paycheck-stretching, as well as everyday distractions. the idea’s only when he thinks he’s found a door into the globe of his treasured childhood novels, Fillory, that will he feels he features a chance at happiness, at purpose. Grossman tackles many tropes in This particular series, nevertheless not least can be one that will lies at the hear of the portal fantasy. He shows that will problems don’t just go away when you enter a brand new world; soon enough, the idea’s obvious to everyone nevertheless Quentin that will the globe he occupies can be not the problem. Along the way, Grossman addresses mental illness, addiction, power, as well as what the idea means to grow up. Definitely one not to miss if you’re looking for a more adult, take on the subgenre.

The Fairyland series, by Catherynne M. Valente
There can be little that will Valente cannot touch as well as turn to gold. In This particular all 5-book series about a young girl named September who finds herself bored with 1940s Nebraska as well as can be whisked away to Fairyland by a dapper gentleman dressed in all emerald as well as his leopard, Valente tackles the portal fantasy within the vein of Alice in Wonderland as well as The Wizard of Oz. nevertheless the way she goes about the idea can be absolutely her, full of delicious, poetic writing; a focus on the strengths of friendship, family, as well as oneself; a fondness for Omniscient Narration; as well as an understanding of the power of growing up as well as learning to become yourself. As September ages through the years, her role in Fairyland improvements, as well as by the end, Valente has illustrated how to grow up, as well as how just because you’re older, the idea doesn’t mean there’s not a place for magic in your life. the globe can be scary, yes, as well as finding your heart, even more terrifying. nevertheless if you are as not bad as you can be, as well as have friends by your side, the journey may not be any easier, nevertheless the idea certainly won’t be as hard. Warning: here be giant red wyverarys, deep blue marids, changelings, Winds of All Sorts, Magicks of All Kinds, Underworlds, Overworlds, as well as a wombat of delicate temper.

Every Heart A Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
While This particular may not be strictly a portal fantasy, the idea in no way can be left out. This particular can be McGuire’s story of children who have been forced through their personal portal worlds—kicked out, left behind, or tricked away—who, having returned, find they were often missing for years, or assumed dead, as well as are totally unprepared for the real world. They must get help. Enter Eleanor West, another reluctant outcast through a portal world, who knows how hard the idea can be; through her school, she helps these wayward children reclaim their sanity, as well as their lives. nevertheless Nancy, the brand new girl through an Underworld, doesn’t feel she fits in amongst the different children. Then some of them begin to show up murdered, which doesn’t help a bit. McGuire’s dark novella tackles everything through gender as well as sexuality, to being lost within the globe, to examining what the thirst to belong will do to you—as well as worse, what the need to get back to a place where you belong will push you to do. the idea can be a story brimming with heart as well as pain as well as joy, as well as can be absolutely one to read if you’re looking for a brand new twist on the portal fantasy.

The Shades of Magic, by V. E. Schwab
One of the most favorite fantasy series in recent memory, V. E. Schwab’s tale of multiple Londons, dark magic, pirates, as well as outcasts follows the adventures of a street thief named Delilah Bard in Grey London, (our Earth, for the most part), who runs across a mysterious red-haired young man in a multi-sided coat, with one entirely black eye. This particular can be brooding, powerful magician Kell, the last traveler of Red London, whose powerful blood magic lets him cross into multiple realities. Where Lilah’s Grey London can be drab as well as magicless, Kell’s Red London can be bursting with shade as well as power within the form of the river of magic that will runs through its heart. Together, these two battle demons, inside as well as out, as forces in two different worlds, one tyrannical, one a lifeless husk, rise against them as well as those they care about. Schwab’s world(s) are, in turn, beautiful as well as terrible, decadent as well as haunted, as well as wonderfully rendered, as well as she does not shy through anything: romance, violence, or heart. Definitely a series to check out before the Discharge of the third book, A Conjuring of Light, in 2017.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
One of Gaiman’s earlier novels, having a successful movie adaptation through Laika Studios, Coraline can be one of those deceptively terrifying books that will draw you with mysterious descriptions, as well as then hold you tight as the scares as well as the creeps come faster as well as faster. Coraline as well as her family move to a brand new house, as well as young Coraline can be pretty fed up with the idea; the idea’s old, the idea’s boring, as well as her parents do not give her the attention she wants. nevertheless when she discovers the key to a locked door within the living room, she goes through into a different world: a big, beautiful, lavish house, with parents who shower her with attention as well as treats, with entertainment around every corner. the idea can be perfect. So perfect, she doesn’t even mind that will her different Mother as well as different Father have buttons for eyes. as well as that will they don’t like when she leaves. as well as, in fact, don’t want her to go at all. Gaiman’s spooky story can be a prime illustration of how sometimes, an imperfect world can be a perfectly fine thing, as well as that will what you journey to find may have been in front of you all along.

The Stormwrack series, by A. M. Dellamonica
Avast! Dellamonica wastes no time in shunting her protagonist, marine biologist Sophie, Hansa, straight through our world into the sea-heavy world of Stormwrack, a system of island nations that will are a part of no world she has ever visited before, one of ships as well as magic, Sophie can be utterly lost, nevertheless soon finds she’s landed herself within the middle of a political broil that will could not only dismantle This particular world, nevertheless the family she never knew existed. Dellamonica’s novel further pursue the idea of family, as well as her shrouded past, within the sequel, where she finds that will her biological parents are actually of Stormwrack. Combining the science of our world with the magic of another, Sophie makes for a brilliant protagonist, as well as the trials as well as travails that will Dellamonica can be looking to put her through within the just-released The Nature of A Pirate promise to up the stakes evenfurther! Be sure not to miss This particular wonderful, Lambda Award-nominated series.

Magonia, by Maria Dahvana Headley
Maria Dahvana Headley can be a literary chimera of the highest order; there can be very little she cannot write. In her YA series that will kicks off with Magonia as well as extends to recently released sequel Aerie, she tackles the portal trope, nevertheless also chronic illness, destructive families, made families, as well as the strength hiding within ourselves. Aza Rey has been sick her whole life, nevertheless no one’s ever been able to tell her why; she just can’t seem to catch her breath, as if her body can be rejecting the very air. nevertheless she’s always gotten by, especially with her best friend Jason at her side. Except one day, she dies. Something within her gives out. nevertheless then, she opens her eyes, as well as she can be within the sky, aboard a ship. as well as a women holds her tightly, as well as she can be filled with joy at her daughter’s return. Aza Rey’s journey into the skies, as well as the kingdom of Magonia that will exists there can be (pardon the pun) breathtaking, joyous, dark, as well as dangerous. Aza Rey’s voice can be something to behold, as well as I urge you to follow her through the clouds, as well as to whatever stories lay beyond.

What’s your favorite portal fantasy?

B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Mailbag: Dec. 9, 2016

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b&n sci-fi & fantasy mailbagThe packages are actually piling up at BNSciFi HQ these days as publishers inundate us having a final push of titles releasing just in time for your holiday gifting needs, not to mention a book or two we can look forward to in 2017. Let’s take a glance as well as also also see what showed up This kind of week.

Take Back the Sky, by Greg Bear (December 20, 2016)
Marooned beneath the icy, waxy crust of Saturn’s moon, Titan, Skyrine Michael Venn as well as also also his comrades face double danger coming from Earth as well as also also coming from the Antagonists, both intent on wiping out their growing awareness of what the helpful alien Gurus are actually doing in our solar system. Haunted by their dead as well as also also by the ancient archives of our Bug ancestors, the former combatants must currently team up with their enemies, forget their indoctrination as well as also also their training, as well as also also journey far beyond Pluto to the fabled Planet X, the Antagonists’ home world, a Sun-Planet inside the comet-generating Kuiper belt. This kind of’s here that will Master Sergeant Venn will finally understand his destiny as well as also also the destiny of every intelligent being inside the solar system-including the enigmatic Gurus.

Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle (February 7, 2017)
Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa, inside the late 1990s. This kind of’s a job, quiet as well as also also predictable, as well as also also This kind of gets him out of the house, where he lives with his dad as well as also also where they both try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck. although when a local schoolteacher comes in to return her copy of Targets—an old movie, starring Boris Karloff—she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on This kind of,” she says, although doesn’t elaborate. Two days later, a different customer returns a different tape, a brand-new Discharge, as well as also also says This kind of’s not defective, exactly, although altered: “There’s another movie on This kind of tape.” Jeremy doesn’t want to be curious, although he brings the movies home to take a look. as well as also also, indeed, inside the middle of each movie, the screen blinks dark for a moment as well as also also the movie can be replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video. The scenes are odd as well as also also sometimes violent, dark, as well as also also deeply disquieting. There are no identifiable faces, no dialogue or explanation—the first video has just the faint sound of someone breathing— although there are some recognizable landmarks. These have been shot just outside of town. Unlocking the mystery will take Jeremy as well as also also those around him deeper into a strange landscape than they ever likely to go.

Pathfinder: Reaper’s Eye, by Richard A. Knaak (Available currently)
Daryus Gaunt used to be a crusader, before a questionable battlefield decision forced him to desert his unit. Pathfinder Shiera Tristane can be an adventuring scholar obsessed with gaining the recognition she feels was stolen coming from her. When both are contacted by a sinister talking weasel as well as also also warned of a witch about to Discharge a magical threat long trapped beneath an ancient temple, the two have no choice although to venture into the demon-haunted Worldwound in order to stop the disaster. Yet there’s more to the situation than either realizes, as well as also also neither fame nor redemption will matter unless they can first survive.

Normal, by Warren Ellis (Available currently)
There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering as well as also also smart cities as well as also also ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval as well as also also drone warfare as well as also also ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. For both types, if you’re Great at This kind of, then This kind of’s something you can’t do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. as well as also also if the abyss gaze takes hold there’s only one place to recover: Normal Head, inside the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest. When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he can be desperate to unplug as well as also also be immersed in sylvan silence. although then a patient goes missing coming from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing although a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that will calls into question the core principles of how as well as also also why we think about the future–as well as also also the past, as well as also also the currently.

George Lucas: A Life, by Brian Jay Jones (Available currently)
On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, as well as also also directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box-office records as well as also also ushering in a brand-new way for movies to be made, marketed, as well as also also merchandised. This kind of can be currently one of the most adored-as well as also also successful-movie franchises of all time. currently, the author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life as well as also also times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, as well as also also Indiana Jones.

The Art of Atari, by Tim Lapetino (Available currently)
Atari can be one of the most recognized names inside the globe. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles including Asteroids,
Centipede, as well as also also Missile Command. In addition to hundreds of games created for arcades, home video systems, as well as also also computers, original artwork was specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience, further enticing children as well as also also adults to embrace as well as also also enjoy the brand-new era of electronic entertainment. The Art of Atari can be the first official collection of such artwork. Sourced coming from private collections worldwide, This kind of book spans over 40 years of the company’s unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, as well as also also more.

Which one of these do you want to read first?