Hey guys! It has been way too long since I did a recommended reads post so today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite fantasy series! I absolutely love fantasy books and I love talking about them. Some of these I just talk about so much on my blog anyway, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are on this list! Here’s my top recommendations:
Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell:
I cannot stop recommending this series! It’s one of my top fantasy series at the moment, it’s fantastic! It’s a very interesting story as it’s filled with both magic and non-magic. Every child has six tattooed bands on their arm for Iron, Silk, Sand, Breath, Blood, and Ember. Depending on which band they spark, they will then be able to wield that type of magic. Then there is a seventh called Shadow that is the deadly kind of magic and is supposedly cursed! Kellen, the main character, struggles to spark any of his bands. Instead of being given an incredibly rare magical gift, he ends up with none of those six bands and thus has to rely on cheap tricks to best his magical foes. He meets some pretty cool people who give him tips and tricks to avoid him instantly dying in fights with powerful magicians. It’s a series that is filled with many entertaining scenes and lots of twists! It’s pretty much a series of unfortunate events for Kellen! If you’re looking for a series that has magic with a twist, I highly recommend this one!
Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab:
I couldn’t make this list without including V.E. Schwab, could I? Shades of Magic is so wonderful and built up so beautifully. Schwab’s writing is absolutely mesmerising, she definitely has a way with words! I love how she had her own take on magic and used the parallel universes to show what magic can do depending on how you treat it. It was almost like magic was a person you had to work with and not something to be controlled. On top of that, there was some truly awesome sadistic villains which I actually don’t see too much of now, so that was really interesting!
Another reason this is one of my favourites is purely because of the characters. I fell so hard for the characters, especially Kell and Holland. They were so captivating and I loved all the comparisons between them! They are both Antari but because they had very different upbringings, one is good and the other bad. I’d say Holland is an anti-villain. He wants to do good but his means of getting there are ultimately evil. Kell, on the other hand, is so wonderful and I love how protective he is of his family! His relationship with his brother, Rhy, was perfect! Then we have Lila who I was unsure of at first but she actually ended up being really badass! She is like a firecracker. If you are looking for a book which has many unique characters who you can easily fall for, I’d recommend this one for sure!
DC Icons (Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu and Sarah J. Maas):
I’ve noticed that a lot of people are hesitant to read these books because they think you need to have read the comics but you really don’t! Each book is an origin story that is, as far as I’m aware, completely separate to the comics. So you are introduced to these characters in a completely different way and get to see them defeat their first villains before they are even really superheroes or suited up! They’re not even related so if you don’t like Batman, for example, it’s fine for you to then skip that book! I’d highly recommended reading them all though as the authors did a fantastic job! They aren’t very action-packed but I didn’t really mind once I realised they were more character driven. It’s just about each character discovering who they are and going on their own personal journeys. Catwoman has lots of character development which I loved and there’s lots for Selina to overcome. My personal favourite is Batman as Marie Lu really did a fantastic job with his character!
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater:
Maggie did a fantastic job with this series! It completely exceeded my expectations in every way! Right from the start I was drawn into Blue’s world and the world of the raven boys! It’s a series that is a slow burner plot wise as it’s more focused on the world building and character development. However, as it’s such a rich and detailed world, it works really well! The world building is absolutely phenomenal and you can tell that Maggie did a ton of research for it.
What also makes the story work really well is the characters. Without these characters, I don’t think it would work. They pretty much sold the first book for me and made me pick up the second one. There’s so many different sides to them, it’s one of those books where you see a new side to them depending on whose perspective you’re reading from. Every so often we get to see another part of their personality which has been hidden in the previous chapters. Honestly it’s the perfect fantasy series as it is completely filled to the brim with unique characters, each with their own battle to overcome but who are, regardless, by their friends side and helping him fulfil his quest.
There we have it! My top recommendations! I still have some fantasy series that I need to finish and I think they will be contenders for this so you never know, I might do an updated version near the end of the year. I’d like to because I think it’s really fun recommending books and I don’t do it nearly enough! What are some fantasy books you’d recommend? Have you read any on my list? I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!