Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is all time favorite books of X genre.

I decided to go with fantasy books. For the sake of this list, I’m not including any titles in the urban fantasy sub-genre. That’s a list for a different day.


Radiance

Radiance by Grace Draven
Standalone or Series: Series
Series Complete:
No, there’s 2 books so far. The second one wraps-up Brishen and Ildiko’s story. The next books in the series will follow different characters.
Review Here

Back Cover Description: Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light. Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.


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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Standalone or Series:
Series
Series Complete:
ALMOST! This is a duology, the second book comes out this month.
Review Here

Back Cover Description: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


howl's moving castle

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Standalone or Series:
Standalone
Series Complete:
N/A
No Review

Back Cover Description: Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.


bloody chamber

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Standalone or Series:
Standalone
Series Complete:
N/A
No Review

Back Cover Description: From familiar fairy tales and legends–Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, and werewolves–Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.


poison study

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Standalone or Series:
Series
Series Complete:
Yes and no. The original Study trilogy is completed. However, Snyder returned to Yelena and Valek in her Soulfinders series.
Review Here

Back Cover Description: About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear.


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The Hob’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs
Standalone or Series:
Standalone
Series Complete:
N/A
Review Here

Back Cover Description: Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic—both good and evil—returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…

Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it—and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains. But the Hob is the last of his kind. And he will exact a heavy price to defend the village—a price Aren herself must pay…


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A Nameless Witch by A. Lee Martinez
Standalone or Series:
Standalone
Series Complete:
N/A
No Review

Back Cover Description: A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism.

Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty; things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt. She leads a simple life filled with spells, potions, and the occasional curse.

So when a White Knight arrives at Fort Stalwart, the witch knows her days of peace are at an end. The Knight is just days in front of a horde of ravenous goblings, and Fort Stalwart lies right in the horde’s path. But the goblings are just the first wave of danger, and soon the witch and the Knight must combine forces on a perilous quest to stop a mad sorcerer from destroying the world.


uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Standalone or Series:
Standalone
Series Complete:
N/A
Review Here

Back Cover Description: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.


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The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
Standalone or Series:
Series
Series Complete:
Maybe? 6 books in series. Each book follows different characters.
Review Here

Back Cover Description: In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can’t carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale…

Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom’s Cinderella–until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! So she set out to make a new life for herself. But breaking with “The Tradition” was no easy matter–until she got a little help from her own fairy godmother. Who promptly offered Elena a most unexpected job…

Now, instead of sleeping in the chimney, she has to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale. And there’s one in particular who needs to be dealt with…

Sometimes a fairy godmother’s work is never done.



harry potter and the sorcerer's stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Standalone or Series:
Series
Series Complete:
Yes, 7 books.
No Review

Back Cover Description: Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

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18 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Books

  1. Ooh some new fantasies I haven’t seen. I’ve read a little Mercedes Lackey and Six of Crows has me more and more curious. I haven’t read any heist fantasies I don’t think, either that or Locke Lamorra I’ve been tempted to give a try.

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    • Thanks! I hope you like Radiance when you get around to reading it. Hob’s Bargain was actually the first Briggs book I ever read. That was a long time ago, I feel like I should do a re-read to see if I love it just as much as I did back then.

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  2. I haven’t read Radiance but I did read Grace Draven’s other fantasy romance Master of Crows and really enjoyed it, so Radiance is definitely in the cards for my future. I haven’t read The Hobb’s Bargain either, which is shocking because I love Patricia Briggs. A Nameless Witch looks intriguing, too.

    So many good suggestions! 😄

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    • I need to get around to reading Master of Crows. It’s been on my kindle for a couple of years now. I’m surprised I keep picking-up other things since I loved Radiance and also Entreat Me by her. I hope you like Radiance! Hobbs Bargain was great. I’m wondering if it would still hold-up today since I read it so many years ago.

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