Fantasy is a genre that I’ve recently gotten into, so I figured it would be a great genre to pick for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Big thanks to The Broke and the Bookish who came up with such a cool topic for this week. Also, I’ve been adding fantasy books like crazy to my TBR thanks to the book community. They just sound so good and I can’t wait to dive into them. Here are the ones that I’ve recently added to my TBR.
1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the ACOTAR series. It is the most recent fantasy novel that I have added to my TBR. I just finished A Court of Mist and Fury and holy hell, I loved it. I can’t wait to dive into the next one. I’m so glad that I read that book around the time of this release so I wouldn’t have to wait for it to come out. If you have not checked out this series, where have you been?
2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
This is the second book in The Dark Artifices series and the most recent release in the Shadow Hunters Chronicles. I literally know nothing about this book other than it’s Cassandra Clare’s most recent release (which is why I added it to my TBR). I do plan on reading it as soon as I finish the previous books. Currently, I’m on City of Heavenly Fire. I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Dark Artifices series and I cannot wait to actually get to it. Part of the reason I’m reading The Mortal Instruments series is so I can get to these books.
3. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
I stumbled upon this book through the blogging community. I cannot remember who blogged about it (if it was you, definitely let me know in the comments), but as soon as I learned what this book was about I knew I had to read it. It takes place in modern day New York where magic is basically extinct. There are people who still have it, Mageus, but if they enter Manhatten they immediately become trapped by the Brink, which is a dark energy barrier. We follow this girl, Esta, who is a thief that can manipulate time and has been raised to steal magical artifacts. She goes on this final mission where she travels back in time to steal this ancient book. I think that that it contains a bunch of secrets that I believe will help free the Mageus. Please check out the full synopsis on GoodReads as it does a much better job at explaining things than me.
You guys know my love for heists, so as soon as I saw that our main character was a thief I was most definitely interested. Time travel is another thing that I love to read about in books, so I’m just super excited. The fact that it takes place in New York is an added bonus. Also that cover though. Unfortunately, I will have to wait to read it as it comes out July 18th.
4. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
This book is the first book in an urban fantasy that takes place in New York. There is this supernatural order called Shadowshapers who can connect with spirits through paintings, music, and stories. It sounds like a really cool world and I love the fact that it is a diverse book. I’ve heard nothing but great things and am excited to see what it’s about. As you can see, I have a soft spot for stories that take place in New York.
I also met the author this weekend at BookCon and received an ARC of the sequel. Even more reason to start this series.
5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
This is the first book in Laini Taylor’s new series. It is a recent release that a lot of people on BookTube have been talking about. I don’t know too much about it, but that’s okay. I’ve heard it’s best going in not knowing anything. However I do know that it does deal with dreams (hence the title) and that made me want to read the book. I am fascinated by dreams and love when the subject is explored. Also, I really loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone and have been interested in reading more by this author. Adding this to my TBR was like a no brainer.
6. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
This is the first book in a series by the same name (I think). This is another fantasy series that I hear a lot of people talk about in the book community. It seems to be pretty good overall, though it does seem to have some mixed reviews. I guess some people were lead to believe that it was a mix between The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, and were let down because of that.
From the little I know, there is political intrigue and a really cool female protagonist. I’ve just heard a lot of people talk about it and want to see what it’s all about. Especially since I’ve gotten into the fantasy genre.
7. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This is another fantasy series I’ve heard nothing but good things about. It is the first book in The Nevernight Chronicle, with the sequel set to release later this year. What interested me, aside from the fact that it has been getting a lot of buzz, is that it is about assassins. Assassins are right up there with spies and thieves for me. Our main character Mia basically goes to assassin school to become deadly so that she can get revenge on the people who destroyed her family. It just sounds awesome and I need to read it. Also, I absolutely love the cover.
8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
I love that the world in this book is a matriarch. That’s probably the main reason I added this book to my TBR. You don’t get to see a matriarchal society very often and I love the idea. Plus the concept of three sisters fighting for one crown sounds really interesting. I like books that are dark and this definitely sounds like one of them.
9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
This one got on my radar because I heard that there was a strong theme of female friendship in it. I don’t really know too much about this one either aside from the fact that one of our main characters is a Truthwitch. A Truthwitch has the ability to be able to discern the truth from lies, which sounds like a pretty awesome ability if you ask me. It is also the first book in a series that a lot of people in the book community talk about. The world sounds different and cool, so I’m in.
10. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Renee Ahdieh is an author I’ve been meaning to get into. So many people talk about The Wrath and the Dawn duology and how great it is. Those books are also on my TBR, but we’re talking recent adds to my TBR today. This is Ahdieh’s new book that just came out.
From my understanding this book was marketed as a Mulan retelling, but actually isn’t. The only similarity it shares is the fact that both lead characters impersonate men. There may be more similarities, I have not read the book so obviously I have no idea. However, the story is most definitely different from Mulan. Mariko, our heroine, impersonates a peasant boy to infiltrate the Black Clan who attacked her convoy. It seems like a revenge fantasy turned love story? I’m not entirely sure, but I really like the trope of a woman pretending to be a man (She’s the Man anyone?). Also Mariko is basically a female samurai, which sounds awesome. I really just want to see what this book is about.
There are so many other fantasy novels that I’ve recently added to my TBR, but these are the most recent ones that I have yet to really talk about on my blog. I definitely wanted to showcase some other books today and not talk about the ones I usually talk about. Hopefully I can read at least half of these, if not all, before the end of 2017.
Aside from ACOWAR (which I already have plans to read with my friend Bella) and Lord of Shadows (which I can’t read until I finish the other books), which book on this list do you think I should read first? Are any of these books also on your TBR? Let’s chat about it in the comment section. If you have any other cool fantasy book recommendations that you think I should read, definitely let me know down below.