This book is far superior to more famous fantasy compendiums such as "Spectrum". For one thing, it delves far more deeply into the artistic processes and inspirations of the showcased artists than "Spectrum" or its ilk. The artworks themselves are large and lusciously coloured, in extremely high quality photographs, and well presented - with artworks getting at minimum half a page, the majority a whole page, and many beautiful pieces getting double spreads.
In terms of the artists displayed within the book, some are indeed "the best fantasy illustrators" in the world today, Donato Giancola being the most spectacular example with his hyper-realstic yet hauntingly powerful oil paintings, and Ciruleo's magnificent dragons. A few of the artists are less conventional, yet still worthy of note. The only thing I was disappointed in was the fact that the book did not showcase some truly remarkable workers with the traditional medium, John Howe's being a notable absence. However there's only so many incredible artists that you can showcase in one book, and "Fantasy +3" is certainly a beautiful and enthralling exploration of some of the best works created in a medium which somefear is becoming more obsolete in the commercial artistic sphere. Let;s hope that is not so. But a truly wonderful compendium and a worthy purchase.