Autumn Reads: I Recommend Fantasy

September 1, 2018

I made a poll on Bookstagram asking which genre you guys would prefer for the second episode of my Autumn Read Recommendations and you choose FANTASY. After a long summer of fun contemporaries and light-weight plots, I don’t think I’m alone in being excited over the changing season.  I’m so ready to dive into worlds of sorcery, creepy forests and action-packed heroic scenery. It’s officially autumn guys and here are my fantasy recommendations for those dark, cold night where you need a touch of magic.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk who crave her paintings. But when she receives her first royal patron – Rook, the autumn prince – she makes the mistake of painting sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime.

[This is also my own current read and so far I’m really enjoying the world and the quirky characters]

Tags: Fair folk, love, magic

Goodreads rating: 3.6/5

His Dark Materials 1-3 by Phillip Pullman

This modern classic of a series is beloved by many with good reason. It contains enough magical creatures, love and courage to satisfy even the post picky fantasy reader. It tells the story of Lyra and Will – two ordinary children on an epic journey through shimmering otherworlds. They meet witches, armored bears, fallen angels etc. and in the end, the fate of both the living and the dead will rely on them.

[The series starts with The Golden Compass which might sound familiar because of the 2007 movie adaption – check that out here]

Tags: adventure, magic, feel-good

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

This thrilling story of the sea is a re-telling of The Little Mermaid. Lira is a siren princess, known across the sea as a ruthless killer of princes. Until she makes a mistake that has the Sea Queen punish her. Transformed into a human, Lira has a deadline for bringing the Sea Queen the heart of prince Elian – or remain human. Prince Elian is more pirate than prince with his love for the ocean and hunting sirens. Then, Elian saves a drowning woman (clearly more than she appears to be) who promise to help him kill the sirens.

[We go through the story with changing POVs which is an interesting take on The Little Mermaid – the prince is definitely not just a Disney pretty boy this time]

Tags: re-telling, action, sea, love

Goodreads rating: 4.0/5

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

17 year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood – the same demons who killed her mother. But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic – the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

[This book has gotten very mixed reviews but the overall idea of it is that it’s not groundbreaking or epic but more of a simple, enjoyable story or a “guilty pleasure read”]

Tags: magic, revenge, easy read 

Goodreads rating: 3.6/5

Scythe by Neil Shusterman

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things so now only scythes can end life. Citra and Rowan are chosen as scythe apprentices – a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

[The first book in the popular dark duology that questions what will happen after we’ve conquered everything.]

Tags: reapers, dystopian, dark

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

After an unfortunate encounter with the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrible spell that has transformed her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies with the wizard Howl and his always moving castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and face the Witch of the Waste again head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl – and herself – than first meets the eye.

[If you’re in the mood for something more light-hearted, Diana Wynne Jones writes amazing stories for both children and adults to enjoy – she is also the author of The Secret Garden]

Tags: Adventure, magic, light

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides from the Senate and her father’s former comrades who chase her. Mia finds a way through the shadows and is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic – the Red Church. But even here Mia isn’t safe with a killer on the loose and her past chasing after her.

[A dark and twisted story with intense action. There has been a lot of debate over the writing style of this book but ultimately, Kristoff is a genius when it comes to writing dark fantasy]

Tags: dark, assassins, revenge

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does..

[Holly Black is the queen of faeries and she once again delivers a solid adventure in a magical setting]

Tags: faeries, magical creatures

Goodreads: 3.9/5

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