Holiday Gifts for Fantasy Nerds

When this world gets a little too grey for the holidays, it’s a good time to jump into an exciting fantasy novel!

Davina Tomlin
3-minute read

This holiday season, you might be wishing you were on an quest through a mystical forest, sipping a cup of ale by the fire in a dusty inn, or quietly brewing a potion. Or maybe you just want to escape reality for a little while. If that's the case, it’s time to get out of your head and into a world of magic, mayhem, and adventure. Not sure if fantasy is really your thing? We’ve got novels all over the fantastical spectrum for you to try.

Not to mention, they make great gifts. Whether you’re trying to surprise someone, or if you’re struggling with what to get your Dungeons and Dragons obsessed teen this year, there’s something on this list for you. 

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Do you read as much Jane Austen as you do Robert Jordan? Did you wish Bridgerton had just a touch more magic? Then you’ll love this fantasy novel set in a sumptuous alt-regency era. Navigating your debut into high society is complicated enough without being an untrained telekinetic, but Nina is doing the best she can. Lucky for her, the charming entertainer, Hector Auvray, has just come to town. A telekinetic like her, he’s excited to tutor her, but he appears to be hiding something.

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Are You Listening by Tillie Walden

Bea is on the run, and Lou is getting out of this town for good. They just happen to be going in the same direction. What follows is a surrealist road trip novel chronicling the friendship that forms between Bea and Lou as they overcome trauma, run away from mysterious Highway Control Officers, and care for a stray cat. It also happens to be a graphic novel with some of the most beautiful illustrations you could ask for.

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The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark

In an alternate history where the Confederacy and the Union exist side by side, with a steampunk New Orleans that exists as a sort of neutral zone between the two, a sky pirate, a thief, and an ancient african god are trying to save the world. Somehow all of this worldbuilding, plot, and awesome characterisation fits neatly into a tiny novella, perfect for a quick and easy read.

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She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker Chan

Do you like the classic fantasy adventure? Do you want all the bells and whistles? Do you want prophecies, destiny, family honor, and epic battles? Then you want She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker Chan. In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. When her destined-for-greatness brother dies in a bandit attack, Zhu steals her brother's identity to become a novice at a nearby monastery. But when the monastery is destroyed, she steals his heroic destiny too. It’s expansive, it’s queer, it’s epic. It’s everything a classic fantasy novel needs.

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

For the YA fantasy fan in your life, you really can’t go wrong with this romantic paranormal love story by Aiden Thomas. Yadriel was determined to get his traditional Latine family to accept his true gender and prove himself a brujo. So he summoned a ghost...the ghost of Julian, a very attractive bad boy from school. And now he can’t get rid of him. Together, they need to solve the mystery of Julian’s death before it’s too late. This story is just as sweet and magical as you’d wish, and it’s the perfect gift for a YA fantasy fan.

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