Hi there friends! Happy February! This is going to be a huge month packed with all sorts of goodness, including the cover reveal for This Cursed Flame next week!!! This month is also Fantasy Month, so to celebrate we are going to dive into fantasy books in wonderful ways.
And what better way to kick off Fantasy Month than to share some of my all-time, current favorite fantasy reads??? I’ll break this down into a few categories, but these are some of the fantasy books I have read and loved over the years. (And yes, Harry Potter is on the list, but today I want to highlight other books!)
I’m really picky about this! I don’t really love the LoTR-type fantasy (that whole Medieval Europe sword and sorcery thing). But here are a few others I enjoyed!
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archives #1), by Brandon Sanderson
This book is the first I read of Sanderson’s… but it made me see why everyone considers him the master fantasy writer! It’s full of unique setting and world details and has an intriguing and unique storyline that never gets old! It’s a brick of a book, but I loved every second of it. And that magic system! *swoon*
Golden Daughter (Tales of Goldstone Wood #7), by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
THIS is how you do “inspired by” fiction! Stengl created an amazing world inspired by Asian culture, and it made for an incredible story and setting. And even though it’s #7 in the series, each can be read alone and out of order.
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1), by N.K. Jemisin
This is another example of unique worldbuilding and magic systems. The magic is based in dreams, and the culture has a very Egyptian feel to it. I loved getting to see such a unique world and meet characters with all kinds of struggles! One day I will read book #2…
Spice Bringer, by H.L. Burke
This is another awesome world with a very fun cast of characters. I loved the journey, and I loved the way the book made me think about life and faith and the things that really matter.
Urban Fantasy (Adult)
Okay, I LOVE urban fantasy! So here are some of my favorites. (Caution on some of these… they are written for an older audience, so if you are sensitive about content, look it up before reading!)
The Others series, by Anne Bishop
Oh. My. Word. This is such a twist on classic supernatural creatures, and the characters are so lovable, and the world is so intense… This may be my all-time favorite UF series!
Mercy Thompson series, by Patricia Briggs (also see Alpha and Omega series, which is a spinoff)
This is one of the best and most fun UF series out there. There are plenty of werewolves, vampires, shifters, and ghosts to go around! And Mercy is a blast of a main character to read. She’s fun and strong and intense!
October Daye series, by Seanan McGuire
Okay, McGuire has written some fantastic books, including ones under a pen name, and this series does not disappoint. Half-fae detective? Um, yes!
Split Feather, by Deborah A. Wolf
I. Loved. This. Book. And there need to be more of them ASAP. Let me just say BEAR SHIFTER WHO CAN GO INTO THE UNDERWORLD.
Weather Warden series, by Rachel Caine
While she may be better known for some of her vampire fiction, this series is about djinn and their relationship with gifted humans who can control elements such as earth, fire, and weather. It’s an amazing world that just gets better with every page.
YA (Young Adult) Fantasy
As a writer of YA fantasy, I love reading in this genre. And it is full of gems!
Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
That magic system, the mythology, the story… just wow!
The Elementals, by A.L. Knorr
Everything Knorr writes is amazing, and I especially love her elemental girls. Definitely a series not to miss!
Lost Voices series, by Sarah Porter
This is a mermaid trilogy, and it is definitely at the top of my mermaid fiction list. The mythology is great, the world is fantastic, and it is just dark enough and exciting enough to hold your attention until the last page. And each book just gets better!
Monsters of Verity series, by Victoria Schwab
This is such a great duology. It’s one of those stories that has a neat mythology and also makes you question real life. And her writing is some of the best out there!
Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older
You want to talk magic systems? This is the one. Things the main character draws or paints can come to life… and follow her commands!
MG (Middle Grade) Fantasy
Oracles of Fire series, by Bryan Davis (companion series to the Dragons in our Midst series)
This is a Christian fantasy series I grew up with and loved. It makes you think, and it draws you into the characters and their world so completely.
Artemis Fowl series, by Eoin Colfer
You want a fun, lighthearted romp with tons of mythology? This is the series. I have loved these books since middle school, and I’m not putting them down any time soon!
Continue the Adventure!
You can check out the full schedule for February is Fantasy month here, and the next posts will be up according to the schedule. So jump in to the other blogs, hop onto Twitter for the hashtag game, and let’s have some fun!
Other Participating Blogs
There are a ton of bloggers participating in February is Fantasy Month. Here is a list (and hopefully I didn’t miss anyone!):
- Kendra E. Ardnek
- Laura VanArendonk Baugh
- Laura Matthias Bendoly
- Jackie Castle
- Nicki Chapelway
- Crystal Crawford
- Kristin J. Dawson
- Selina J. Eckert
- DJ Edwardson
- Melissa Rose Gardiner
- T. R. Gemmell
- Savannah Jezowski
- Kathy Huth Jones
- Lila Kims
- Elizabeth Koetsier
- Laura Lucking
- Lauricia Matuska
- Jennette Mbewe
- Amelia Nichole
- Nicola Pike
- Jenelle Schmidt
- Kyle Shultz