"It’s Game of Thrones week here at Flavorwire, and while much of our excitement is based upon the return of the TV series, we’re not forgetting George R. R. Martin’s books, either. The A Song of Ice and Fire series has done a great deal in legitimizing fantasy as a Serious Genre — a welcome development, given that a lot of people tend to disparage fantasy novels as a homogenous lump of sword-and-sorcery clichés with little literary merit.
That’s not the case at all, so if you’re one of those starting to explore the genre — or if you’re a fan looking for some new books to read — check out our selection of the best fantasy novels you haven’t read. And, of course, let us know your favorites!"
— Tom Hawking, Flavorwire
Two fine fantasy series come to mind right off the bat: The Dark is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper, and The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay, one of the Elora Writers' Festival's alumni of readers (no relation to Ailsa Kay, who will be reading at this year's Festival).