It's a Universe of Fantasy Stories!

Summer has kicked into full gear and so has the Maud Marks Summer Genre Challenge.  Everytime you read a book in certain genres you can enter to win a basket of books in that genre.  If you read in 5 different genres, you get an entry to win our grand prize basket which includes a Kindle Fire, a gift card to Katy Budget Books, and 4 tickets to the Alamo Drafthouse.

This week we are reading Fantasy stories.  "Fantasy novels create worlds in which magic exists and battles between good and evil resolve questions of right and wrong."
Story lines feature good versus evil, and protagonists battle and ultimately conquer the dark forces. The characters often attain special magical gifts, and the story lines explore ways to discover one's own potential. Characters may include mythical creatures -- dragons, unicorns, elves, wizards -- as well as animals that are more may also find a home in Fantasy. Quests commonly drive the plot, and adventure elements play an important role. Elaborately detailed settings describe another world, often Earth, which does not follow earth's time line. Thus the setting may be a pseudo-Medieval world with knights and dragons or a fictional future world with elves on motorcycles. Gritty urban settings are almost as popular as more traditional historical ones.

Are you ready to visit a new world?  Try Terry Brooks, Ilona Andrews, Lev Grossman, Gregory Benford, or Eric Flint.