Fantasy Book Recommendations: April 2013

One of the great things about fantasy stories is that they can come in all shapes and sizes. But if there's one thing that truly makes an unforgettable tale, it's a strong lead character. Today we bring you some April's top-rated fantasy novels, sorted by protagonist type, to help you find a character that resonates.

If you dream of wondrous adventures set in another era, these three April novels are sure to satisfy. Ian TregillisNecessary Evil, set in an alternate 1940s London, is perfect for the World War II buff looking for a little magic mixed with history. Or if you perfer heroes and heroines from a more distant period, try Without A Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal or The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway. Both books take place in Regency England — the former featuring characters with transfixing “glamour” abilities and the latter delivers an inventive time travel story.

Nothing compliments fantasy elements better than an engrossing mystery. If you love a quality crime fighter with supernatural abilities, this month has two excellent selections. First up is fan favorite Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell’s latest non-Whovian novel, London Falling, chronicling the sleuthing of two London Police officers gifted with the Sight — the ability to to know exactly what dangers await them. Then you have the hero of Alex Hughes' Sharp, a telepath who aids detectives in solving technology-related crimes. Either way, these heroes will have you wishing for your own supernatural powers.

For the epic fantasy purists, April brings two stellar novels to satisfy your cravings for high adventure. Robin Hobb has released her final Rain Wilds volume, Blood of Dragons, featuring a collective of dragon keepers who must help bring metamorphosized dragons back to their rightful city. And for those seeking political intrigue, there’s Brian McClellan’s Promise of Blood, about a kingdom crumbles into chaos after their king is murdered and the man who must solve a puzzle to restore order. 

You can pick up all of these titles, available in stores this month. Looking for more great titles? Make sure to visit RT's Everything Science Fiction & Fantasy Page