And here’s the moment you have all been waiting for… FANTASY! As my good friends, the Czech, would say – “I do not have the fantasy.” Inside joke from my time in the Czech Republic, I’m sorry that doesn’t make any sense to anyone but I just had to add it, haha! (Also, dobry den to any of my Czech readers!!!). And now, here I am to give you all the fantasy!
And if you’re like, but what about ACOTAR? Harry Potter? ToG? LoTR? Well, I couldn’t be too obvious and include series that are so well-known. I figured that would kind of defeat the purpose of the post.
The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon
Can I just say how awesome this series is? Because it’s so awesome. If you like complicated and intense magical systems, then you’ll love this series. Shannon put a lot of thought into it and it’s just so unique from most fantasy novels. Also, Warden is basically a mixture of moody/intense Rowan Whitethorn and the public facade of Rhysand. Yes, you did read that right.
Monsters of Verity Duology by Victoria Schwab
Okay, I just read this duology last month and haven’t stop thinking about it since. This fantasy is dark and twisted, but leaves you with some very interesting philosophical thoughts. Or, at least it did for me. I can always appreciate how she is able to create such complex characters.
All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
This is an adult paranormal fantasy that actually gets fairly scientific in some parts. You can tell that Harkness is a real professor, which really adds something extra to the overall story. I will say that the second book is my favorite of the three, which I know isn’t typical when it comes to series. Also, there is a bit of a trigger warning when it comes to the relationship as it is portrayed with a possessive male.
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Now this recommendation is really interesting as it’s kind of a mix of genres – steampunk, fantasy, alternate history, mystery, and western. Basically this book is just a fun story. And if the main character, Westie, doesn’t make you laugh-out-loud and want to pick up a pair of six shooters to join her on her crusade for revenge, then I shall be very surprised. She might be my favorite character so far of 2017.
The Remnant Chronicles Trilogy by Mary E. Pearson
I will admit that the first book took me a while to get into, but this is definitely one of those series that just gets stronger with each book. I would be lying if I said this series didn’t blow me away, because it really did. I love the fact that Pearson gave us such a strong and independent female lead. If you’re looking for a new heroine along the lines of Wonder Woman, I think you’ll find Lia could be your girl.
An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir
I wasn’t as blown away by the first book as some people were, but I will say that the sequel was amazing. I love how all of the characters are so different and the multiple points of view really play off of each other well. It’s awesome to see such a complete view of story from different sides. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I think you’re really missing out.
Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
If you like grim, heavy, and intense adult fantasy, then look no further than this trilogy from one of the kings of fantasy, Brent Weeks. Don’t expect to fall in love with any of these characters, as Weeks doesn’t create good people. In fact, you’ll probably really dislike them for their attitudes or the choices they make. But that’s what makes it so much fun!
The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu
I really struggled with whether or not I wanted to include this one. On the one hand, I really loved the overall story, but on the other, I absolutely hated the finale. However, I do think that this is one of those series that I still want everyone to read. I think my opinion on the final book is actually in very small minority, actually it might just be a minority of one this time. Haha! If you’re into really twisted and morally ambiguous characters, this will be right up your alley.
The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
I put off starting this series for over a year because after all of the incredibly mixed reviews on the first book, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick it up. But luckily, I did and I loved it! Yes, it can be a bit confusing in the beginning but I was able to finally piece together the magic system as time went on. Also, the main characters are all so amazing and I just want them to live happily ever after, alright?!
The Splintered Trilogy by A.G. Howard
First off, let me state that I do not like Jeb whatsoever and I am #TeamMorpheus to the very end. But seriously, who doesn’t appreciate a great dark retelling of their favorite fairytales, like Alice in Wonderland? Because I sure as hell do! And trust me, this one can be as dark and twisted as they come. And I’m so here for it.
What are some fantasy books that you would recommend? Have you read any of the books on this list? If so, what did you think of it?