This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Low Fantasy?
Low fantasy is set in a familiar/rational world, where magical elements are included to a limited degree. Low refers to the level of fantasy or magic in the world. Common themes include mundane settings, cynicism, human struggles for power, and moral ambiguity.
- Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin
- Scavenger Trilogy by K.J. Parker
- Shadow Of The Lion by Eric Flint, David Freer, and Mercedes Lackey
I can see this overlapping with historical fantasy, and magic realism. Anything else you want to add to this genre description? Other good examples?