A break from mysteries — imagine that.

I don’t read a great many fantasy novels. And amongst the fantasy novels I have read, I prefer urban fantasy. Charles de Lint comes to mind as one of my favorites of the genre. Books like Moonlight and Vines, The Ivory and the Horn, and Dreams Underfoot take place in a modern city where the magical and the mundane live side by side. Only a few are able to peer through the thin veil that separates these two worlds.

However, last year I read a fantastic fantasy book, which has become one of my favorites. Beyond creating a new world with new creatures, the author…