Fantasy Favourites: Sub-genre

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to share some of my favourite fantasy sub-genres with you all. A sub-genre is a sub division of genre, in this case the fantasy genre. It can be a little hard to describe these sub-genres at times, since there can be a lot of cross-over between them all, but I’ve just gone by what I think of each one. For each sub-genre, I will share a little information about it as well as five books with it that I have read and loved. Let’s get started. 


Epic fantasy
This sub genre is one of the most popular ones around. What makes this sub-genre epic is the scope of the story, world and characters. It usually includes a life or death fight against an antagonist, a well-developed magic system and world, as well as a large cast of supporting characters. There is generally a fight between good and evil, but some will have more morally grey characters. A quest often plays a large role in the story.

Silk Road Fantasy
This sub-genre includes fantasy books that is set outside of Europe, in particular Asia and the middle east can be considered silk road fantasy. It can also include books set in a fantasy world with influences from our own world. Typically the magic system will be linked to the myths/folklore of the area the book is based on, so it will have influences from Asian lore.

Coming of Age
This sub-genre/trope is a staple of the fantasy genre, as well as fiction books in general. Put simply, it is the story of the formation of a person. It doesn’t have to necessarily be the shift from teenage to adult – it is centered around the key moment that defines a person’s life, so the character can be any age. 

Folklore/fairytale fantasy
Now I don’t know if this is actually a thing, but I think it should be because I love fantasy with folklore/fairytale elements. These books are either based on an established folklore or fairytale or is based around invented folklore for the story. Sometimes it can just be that the book has a distinct folklore/fairytale feel to it.

I also enjoy the sub-genre, military fantasy, although I haven’t read a whole lot of them. This sub-genre has a heavy emphasis on military life in a fantasy world and the main characters are generally part of the military. Tactics, strategies and epic battles also play a big part of this sub-genre. The only two series I love that fall under this sub-genre is the Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan and the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher.


That’s it for today. Sub-genres can be a little confusing at times, especially because a lot of them have cross-over elements and one book can be multiple sub-genres. What sub-genres do you guys love? Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next.








3 thoughts on “Fantasy Favourites: Sub-genre

  1. This was a great and a needed post. Ever since I wrote my essay about the definition and the use of “speculative fiction,” it seemed that many fans of the genre had their personal notions. However, this post, while it’s about sub-genres, demonstrates how vast the genre is, and that’s just fantasy!


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