Hello hello, and welcome back to our annual TOR BOOKS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE, where we give you what we think are the best gifts for the hyper specific, super chaotic individuals in your life. From your childhood BFF to your mildly traumatized game master, we have a whole slew of bookish picks for you this holiday season. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays, y’all!
One of my favorite parts of working at Tor is roughly once a month, I’ll write a goofy little social media quiz, which is both fun and also makes me feel like I’m losing my mind a little bit, because let’s face it: the wilder these things are, the better they perform.
ANYWAY, Halloween rocks, because instead of one fun thematic quiz, we have three, and that’s pretty epic
ANYWAY^2, we’re compiling them all into one feature for your scary season pleasure
Book of Night, the adult fantasy debut of (#1 New York Times bestselling) author Holly Black has been out in the big bad world for almost a month now, entrancing readers the world over with its spectral tale of shadow magic!
Truly, it’s a book to die for
So we made a quiz! That’ll tell you how you would die in a fantasy novel! And we’ll give you a book recommendation tailored to each death! It’s totally fun and safe, we promise!
The TTRPG game masters among us know that behind all the epic moments and fun is a lot of work! Preparing characters, setting up the fantasy world, and then you’ve got to set up the story of the campaign after that!
So in the interest of more fun and less work, we at Tor Books have put together a list of epic fantasy novels with worlds ready-made for your next DnD campaign!
We all know the story of the chosen one. Time and time again, we’ve watched the Fabled Hero rise from Humble Yet Noble Origins to unlock Hidden Power only to discover that their True Strength was Friendship All Along, or whatever. That’s not what we’re here to talk about today. No, today is about the books that take that familiar narrative and twist it up. Flip it on its precious, anointed head!
And why today of all auspicious days for this task? Because we’re celebrating the release of The Discord of Gods, the thrilling conclusion to Jenn Lyons’ A Chorus of Dragons series, where chosen ones fall from grace, demons run rampant across the earth, and adventure is the most important word.
So read on! Check out a whole list of novels that defy the heroic and shake up expectations!