I ran across a new fantasy designation today. Of course, it could have been knocking around for awhile, but here is how Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of CURSE DARK AS GOLD, put it:
“Historical fantasy” means my work is inspired by real places and cultures of the past, but with fantastical, otherworldly, or magical elements.
Some of my favorite fantasies definitely fit into this category: the Attolia books by Megan Whalen Turner, the Westmark trilogy of Lloyd Alexander and CURSE. And since I’ve always been one to write what I like to read, my current work in progress fits into this category as well.
I’m looking forward to Bunce’s new book, STARCROSSED, which is coming out this fall. It’s already an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee.