Fun little fact: I was going to do a post for fantasy recommendations at some point, so I was delighted when I discovered that this week’s subject for Hype or Like Friday, created by Jill @ Rave And Rant About Books, Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads, was actually ‘Fantasy book recommendations’.
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
If you want epic fantasy, look no further than The Inheritance Cycle. Far from having a simple, clear-cut, high fantasy plot with a MC who discovers they’re special, loses a loved one, and then goes off on an adventure with an older mentor, The Inheritance Cycle weaves an impressive web of subplots that pretty much steal the spotlight, which is definitely one of the series’ strengths. Fair bit of warning, though, the series is
very somewhat long but any Tolkien fans out there should just breeze through it.
The Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat
I’ve never read a series that uses the ‘enemies to lovers’ trope as well as The Captive Prince does. Honestly speaking, it quickly became one of my favourite series of all time, mainly because of just how amazing its characters are. I know it seems to get bad rep (mainly on tumblr) because of the contents in the first book (although it’s debatable whether or not the people I’m thinking of have actually read the first book. One of them hadn’t before they went on a long rant about just how bad this book is) but, I assure you, it’s more than worth it in the end.
The Seraphina Duology by Rachel Hartman
You may have noticed I have a thing for dragons. That’s because they’re awesome, there’s really no point in denying it. Which is one of the reasons I love these two books so much. The others are its characters (I have a thing for well-written characters too) and the romance which was the aspect that surprised me the most because this is exactly how love triangles should be done.
Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab
If you’re into fantasy and haven’t read these, I just have one question: Why? Really this series is a winning combination with Magic+ Badass Main Characters + Dimension Travel + Magical Duels + Pirates + Bisexual Well Pretty Much Everyone, so there’s really no downside here.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I finished this last night (because I had absolutely no exams to study for whatsoever. None, I assure you) and it’s as good as people say it is. I loved every second of this book, from its slow set up to the break-neck pace once the plot really gets going, and, of course, its characters (who have now joined my other Precious Babies That Must Be Happy And Protected™). I’ve never read a heist book before but I’ll definitely be more interested in that genre after Six of Crows.
Trick by Natalia Jaster
Literally anything I say will probably spoil the plot so I urge you to read Trick (which doesn’t get nearly enough love, if you ask me) if you want a good love story set in a fantasy world.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Okay so this book is more Sci-fi than Fantasy, but I just had to talk about the prehistoric giant alien robots (yes, you read that right). Told in a format that, resembles Illuminae, Sleeping Giants is all about how modern humans discover a device left behind by aliens some 3000 years ago, and then proceed to try and figure out what it is. Honestly speaking, I’ve never read a book that has appealed more to my inner nerd because the way it’s told combines the science (without leaning on it too heavily like The Martian) with mythology, and questions on how our species would be perceived by more advanced civilisations. The only, really tiny, issue I had was the format, which didn’t work very well on my phone and iPod, but there’s no problem with wider screens.
I’d love to heard about some of your favourite fantasy books!