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20 Great Fantasy Novels You May Have Missed

By Matt Heckler Nov 5, 2013

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The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi


Although Paolo Bacigalupi is usually known for more sci-fi based novels, The Alchemist is a grade-A high fantasy novel in a world where creeping bramble is taking over and is fueled by the residue left behind by people using magic. The government puts in a rule to prevent magic use to stop the spread, but a man is forced to break the rules when a loved one is hurt. Typically brilliant Bacigalupi.

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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