This week I decided to follow the Top Ten Tuesday prompt and tell you about my top ten favourite fantasy reads. This weeks prompt was “Books From My Favourite Genre (You pick the genre, and give us your ten faves.)” Lets get into the faves, these are in no particular order.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
This series is so nostalgic for me. I’d always loved reading but this series really cemented that love and I believe that this was the reason I continued to love reading throughout high school. This series is also just fun, its got great writing, characters and Greek mythology, what more could I want.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This is another case where I love the whole series. This is just such a unique fantasy series and the writing is stunning. Plus I love the way that it deals with the whole moral questioning of who is actually the good guys, is anybody.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Ahh, this book is just awesome. It’s one of the books that from the first line I just fell in love with from the first words. I was in a bookstore the other day and The Night Circus was in the modern classic section, I was weirdly proud. This book is my perfect brand of magic, weird, whimsical and epic.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I don’t think I can articulate how much I love this series. Such great characters and magic and plot. And oof I love the friendships. And I just want to hug almost all the characters, though I doubt they’d let me.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesyle Walton
Again this book is just my perfect kind of magic, weird and whimsical. Also love the writing and the atmosphere.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Fairy tales, fairy’s and a bit of badassery. Plus a bit of mystery. It’s also just a fun read for a little escapism. Also I love small town settings where everybody is aware that weird stuff happens but is just like ‘ok’b and shrugs it off, mostly.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Holy moly I love this series. It’s got magic, the supernatural, historical fictioness, romance, found families, spookyness and all-around epicness. Love it a lot.
The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is just a beautiful fantasy, super atmospheric.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I love this magic system, also always here for a plot against the monarchy (in a book, not here for irl anarchy and assassination).
I thought about writing a longer explanations for why I love each of these books or series, but I thought it would be just a lot of the same again and again, so I thought I’d also list ten things I love in fantasy. All of these books fit into one or more of these things.
Strong characters, especially if the story is character driven.
Fantasy with a bit of historical flavour whether that be Republic Rome or 1920’s New York.
Magical small towns.
Interesting things done with form/writing, including narrator or narrative structure.
Magic in general.
The inclusion of elements of myths and fairy-tales.
Strong friendship groups.
All the best,