Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog! For the past couple of days, I’ve been quite busy with work and swamped with adulting tasks. Anyway, between those hectic times, I’ve been able to squeeze in some time to read. I’m currently reading The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. I am more than 50% into it and has kept me interested thus far. I was also able to organize my past posts and hopefully update my archive page one of these days. While doing so, I had this idea that it is time to do my first list of recommendation.
As my first recommendation post, I’ll be sharing my favorite fantasy novels and series of all-time. I chose this particular genre because I’ve read more fantasy books compared to other genres. In fact, I prefer fantasy books more than any other genres. There I said it.
Before I begin, let me say that this list isn’t in order of my most to least favorite. Maybe one day I’ll do a post like that. But, for now, I’ll just lay down the top books I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Secondly, some of the books in this list are part of a trilogy or a series. But since I immensely enjoyed the first book, I’ve considered them as one of my favorites as well. Finally, it is likely for me to add more books to this list in the future. I have tons of fantasy books on my TBR pile that is patiently waiting for me to devour.
Now, without further ado, here are my top favorite fantasy novels and series:
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I’ve decided to start with the obvious. Truly one of best fantasy books series ever written. The Harry Potter books are a given already in terms of the books I passionately care about. But more importantly, it’s the reason why I got into reading and why I love to read. I read these books at the time when they were being released. I waited every year and watch the movies as they were being released. It was amazing. It was one of the best times of my life! It’s such a fun book, filled with magic and adventures! It teaches readers the true meaning of courage, love, and friendships. The characters are also very engaging and so easy to root for. The series consists of seven delightful books. But if I have to choose a book as my absolute favorite, it’s a tie between the Prisoner of Azkaban and Deathly Hallows.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
This is one of the unique fantasy stories I’ve read. It’s basically a coming-of-age story but with paranormal elements in it. In the books, we follow this teenager named Karou who has a blue hair, talent in drawing and a strange family. She’s struggling in finding out who she is, and about her past, and getting entangled with this unearthly war. The twists in this story are incredible and the writing is beyond fantastic. I remember being reluctant to pick up this book because it was severely hyped up during its release. But I am so glad I did. It’s a trilogy and I am currently two books in. I do intend to finish the entire trilogy. Also, this is one of the books I have yet to talk about on this blog. I’m planning on re-reading the first two books before getting on with the last book.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The next book on this recommendation list is a book written by Neil himself. This is one of my highly recommended reads for all ages. I cannot even begin how to describe my love for this! It’s more or less 160 pages but it managed to catch my attention and heart completely. It’s creepy, otherworldly and has got this ominous element. The premise is about a young girl named Coraline. We follow her adventures after she and her family moved into a new apartment. She stumbled upon this passage in which she meets another version of her parents. And then after that, trouble ensues. If you want to read more of my thoughts about this book, check out my book talk here.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
My oldest friend recommended this series to me and I couldn’t be more grateful. The Percy Jackson books were the ones I’ve read post-Harry Potter. While I was both happy and sad because the great book series of my life has ended, Percy Jackson kept me company. The story is about a misfit teenager named Percy Jackson who finds out he’s a demi-god (half-mortal, half-god). Throughout the series, we go on thrilling adventures with him and his friends. They battle off mythical beings and creatures. If you’re looking for an easy read with engaging and fluid writing, I recommend these books.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
One of the most engaging reads I’ve had is with Kristin Cashore’s epic fantasy Graceling. The plot is fast-paced and the magic system is authentic and awesome. The characters are well fleshed out and their relationships are worth investing in. We got a strong female protagonist with emotional complexity. I cannot stress enough how much I love this book. Cashore has written a timeless story that is worth reading over and over again. There are two more books in the Graceling Realm. But, I’m not sure if I’ll read them because I have a lot of books on my TBR to conquer.
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
These books picked me up when I was in a bad reading slump a few years ago. It reminded me of how much I adore fantasy stories! At the time, I’ve read a couple of generic fantasy and dystopian books which bored me to death and made me want to scratch my eyes out! But, when I picked up Shadow and Bone, it’s almost as if the glimmer of hope I was looking for. The story is set in imperial Russia in which a girl named Alina Starkov discovers that she’s a Grisha. These are a magical elite group of powerful people who has the ability to manipulate elements. While Alina isn’t exactly the most sensible protagonist, I am fascinated with the world of Ravka, as well as the magic system that Bardugo has crafted. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish rereading the three books before its series(?) adaptation on Netflix comes out. And also be able to post a proper book talk here on my blog.
Dustlands trilogy by Moira Young
The Dustland trilogy is probably one of the underrated dystopian books ever. It saddens me because the premise of this story is intense, the world building is unique and the protagonist is engaging and well-written if not one of the best character ever written. And yet, people are sleeping on this. Anyway, Blood Red Road is about Saba, she lives in this terrible wasteland where she and family are basically scavenging off landfills. To make matters worse, her brother, who she loves so dearly, gets kidnapped which leads her to embark on a mission to save him. The fear, brutality, and uncertainty of life are thick in this book. It’s one of the gripping reads I’ve ever had. This trilogy is one of the books that I intend to finish one way or another.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This fantasy series is a retelling and homage to old fairy tales, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. It is set on a futuristic world with influences from South and East Asia in which humans and cyborgs and aliens coexist. Sounds perfect, right? That’s because it is. I’ve only read the first book, Cinder, but it managed to sweep me off my feet. The whole plot is spell-binding and just entertaining!
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
I’ve always thought children’s books have the most solid world-building, especially in the fantasy genre. One of my all-time top reads is Stephanie Burgis’ Kat, Incorrigible. This is a trilogy set in the Regency era in England. The story follows our heroine, 12-year-old Kat Stephenson as she discovers her magical powers which she inherited from her late mother. Kat’s stepmother, however, forbids her to use such practical scandalous magic. But nobody can stop the witty and lovable heroine from doing so. Especially when she needs it to save her sister from an arranged marriage to a man who is rumored to have murdered his the first wife. Okay, the premise sounds a bit serious, well, it is. But at the same time, the entire story is so much entertaining. Lots of funny scenes like when Kat and her sisters are bickering. I just love children’s books!
The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
I’ve read the first three books from The Mortal Instruments series and I genuinely loved them. But there is nothing to compare my love for The Infernal Devices. This trilogy is the prequel of the TMI series which is set in the Victorian era. The setting is enough for me to pick up these books! It’s perfect, everything about it is perfect. It’s a gift that keeps on giving! Clare’s flair in impeccable world building and talent in writing intense action scenes are one of my absolute favorite things about her. This trilogy has them all, if not better than the TMI. It’s chockful of action, a good amount of humor and emotional scenes. Plus, this has got one of the overly used tropes in young adult fantasy novels, which I’ve grown to get tired of overtime, but I loved it here! It was appropriately executed to the point where it’s impossible not to care about the three people involved. Also, it has got one of my all-time favorite epilogues. OHMYGOD. I’ll definitely do a book talk about these books.
And there you have it. Those are my favorite fantasy reads, thus far. Are they your favorites too? 🙂 Do you have a book or series you think I might enjoy? Drop them on the comment section. I’d love to get recs!