One of my favourite genres has to be fantasy. There’s nothing like escaping to a world completely different from your own for a couple of hours. I thought I’d share my favourites with you.
1. The Study Series – Maria Snyder
Originally a trilogy, Maria recently expanded with another three books. Yelena, next in line to be executed, is recruited to become the Commander of Ixia’s poison taster. It’s an excellent series with the most perfect characters – with many strong friendships that are just as important to the story as the romance. The magic is subtle, the writing style makes for easy reading and there has to be a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter!
2. The Black Magician Trilogy – Trudi Canavan
I adore this series very much. Sonea lives in the slums but finds out she has magical ability so is allowed to attend The Magician’s Guild which is normally restricted to the upper classes. I love how Sonea handles those that bully her, the friendship she has with her magician mentor, and how she learns that not all magicians are terrible. The characters of Cery and Dannyl, though very different, provide amazing different points of view.
3. Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore
Three novels that form a trilogy (though they can be read as standalones), all with strong female lead characters. I love every romance in this series and how each of them develops. I also love the self-sacrifice of the main characters, the way they learn about themselves and really develop into amazing women. Katsa (from Graceling) and Fire (from Fire) are two of my favourite characters ever.
4. His Fair Assassin Series – Robin Lafevers
These three books make the list because each has a different protagonist, all of whom have a very different voice. I was very impressed with how Robin managed to make all three girls sound different and rounded, whilst making each book build on the next. I love how each of the girls learns to interpret what they’ve been taught to believe in there own way. Annith’s story in Mortal Heart was particularly heartwarming. There will be a fourth book in 2019 – I can’t wait!
5. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
I loved this story – especially the main character, Agnieszka. She’s really clumsy and not at all like her best friend Kasia, but her loyalty to her friend is great to see. I love how the story explores that appearances can be deceiving, especially when it comes to wizard ‘the Dragon’. The writing has a fairytale-like style that really makes it a stunning read (much like The Bear and the Nightingale).
Song of the Lioness Quartet – Tamora Pierce
80s YA is excellent – but this series is ahead of its time. Feminist and gripping, I adored Alanna as a character. I wish I’d read them in my teens – so glad my other half (who is called Daniel) mentioned them to me after he heard about them in a podcast. They’re fast paced, easy to read and cover a long period of time. I really should read Tamora’s other books!
What are your favourite fantasy reads? I’d love to know!