Epic battles, dystopian worlds, and crushing sorrow — you won’t find any of those things here. Let’s take a dive into this subgenre, explore what it is (and isn’t). What about works like Legends & Lattes, The Singing Hills Cycle, and Nettle & Bone that are attracting today’s audience? Is this a natural shift away from the prevalence of grimdark fantasy that has dominated the market, or is something bigger at work here?

Jennifer Hudak (M), Megan Bannen, Paige L. Christie, Sara Beth Durst, Sherry Peters

Atlanta/New York