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Eight Fantasy Works That Don’t Over-Explain

By Erynn Moss (@erynnlk)

The beauty of Conservation of Shadows to me comes from what Lee doesn’t say. His use of negative space makes the stories elegant and invites the reader to softly feel their way through. I’m hard pressed to come up with a whole list in that style but here are some books that successfully kept me spellbound by not over-explaining.

 

ConservationofShadows 1. Conservation of Shadows, Yoon Ha Lee
 
TheMapmakersWar 2. The Mapmaker’s War, Ronlyn Domingue
 
NightCircus 3. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
 
AncillaryJustice 4. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
 
TheFolkKeeper 5. The Folk Keeper, Franny Billingsley
 
TheShiningGirls 6. The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
 
Deathless 7. Deathless, Catherynne Valente
 
WestoftheMoon 8. West of the Moon, Margi Preus
 

 

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