Who doesn’t like curling up in a pile of cushions with a mug of your drink of choice (chai for me 😉 ) and delving into a new fantasy realm full of magic and surprises?
Fantasy has always had a special place in my heart. From fairy stories when I was a little girl, to Narnia when I was a little older, and the Lord of the Rings and the whole big world of fantasy novels.
Get out your magical staffs and cloaks and let me take you on a little tour of the fantasy realms of my bookshelf.
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien and/or C.S. Lewis are mentioned on 90% of fantasy lists (or at least lists that are made by civilised people who know what a good book is 😛 ). This list is no different. Even though Narnia totally left my mind when I was pulling out the books from my shelves so they could be photographed, it deserves an honourary mention too.
However, you might notice here that I’ve only got The Hobbit, but not The Lord of The Rings listed. That, my friends, is because a) my copy of LotR isn’t as pretty and b) I actually like The Hobbit better. I could do an entire blog post on this book. On the wonder and the courage and the adventure and the beauty.
I have a strong Took side. The side that takes me on adventures and escapades. But there’s definitely a Baggins part in there too. The part that likes home and familiarity and second breakfast.
There’s a lot that everyone could learn from Hobbits. As Thorin says:
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
Tales of Goldstone Wood – Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Dragons, Princes, mysterious woods, a collection of princes-turned-frogs, princesses, bards, scruffy orange cats. What more could one ask for? The Tales of Goldstone Wood are so much fun. They’re unique and beautiful and exciting and have even made me cry. In fact, Veiled Rose made me laugh and then cry and then laugh and then cry again.
It was a traumatic reading session. 😉
Burning Rose – Hope Ann
You’ve all heard me go on about Burning Rose before, I’m sure. Hope’s writing style is so beautiful and fantasy-esque. Her stories are wonderful and full of gems of truth and encouragement. (There’s a reason I have 10 copies of this book. XD)
And beyond that, Hope Ann is an amazing person too. Burning Rose is a compilation of the first three (and a half 😛 ) Legends of Light novellas, but it doesn’t end there. Her next novella is actually releasing this year—The Stealthmaster’s Shadow. Tell me that doesn’t sound just amazing??
The Songkeeper Chronicles – Gillian Bronte Adams
These books. I just can’t. I read Orphan’s Song and really enjoyed it, then I got an ARC of Songkeeper and I could not put it down. It was amazing. I loved the characters. I loved the story. I loved the settings. All the feels, and action, and suspense, and tension.
I’m 10000% enthused for book three (which is coming out in a few months!) and I can definitely say that these books are among my very favourite fantasy books ever.
Besides, I have a thing with liking characters called Ky (or variations of that name) and Ky Huntyr is certainly no exception.
Song of Leira (book three) is coming out in a few months and I’m SO EXCITED. I’ve preordered a copy, and eagerly awaiting the release date (5th of June!). It’s going to be amazing.
Ilyon Chronicles – Jaye L. Knight
I’ve only read Resistance so far (book one) but the The King’s Scrolls is on my MRVS (must read very soon 😛 ) list. Resistance was amazing, and the preview of Half-Blood tore my heart out, so I’m hoping that The King’s Scrolls one will be a good read too. Besides, it just looks so pretty and cool in an actual physical book.
King’s Folly – Jill Williamson
I haven’t actually read this one yet, though I certainly intend to soon. However, it’s earning its way onto the list because it looks amazing and everything else that I’ve read of Jill Williamson’s writing has been absolutely amazing and I’ve loved it to pieces, so I’m definitely looking forward to diving into this beautiful work.
The Stormlight Archive – Brandon Sanderson
These books are actually on my sister’s bookshelf, but we share a room, so it’s close enough anyway. 😛
Brandon Sanderson is a stunning writer. His books are always captivating and action filled. I read The Rithmatist and The Reckoners (series) and enjoyed all of those, but The Stormlight Archive daunted me a little more.
After all, this isn’t just fantasy. This is epic fantasy.
You know, monstrously long books, lengthy descriptions, boring travel scenes…
I put off reading these books for quite a while because of that, but at the beginning of this year, I finally plucked myself up to give it a shot. I started The Way of Kings part one on the 5th…and finished it on the 9th. And then I read part two and finished it on the 11th.
Which was about five gajillion years faster than I was expecting to finish that one book.
So I read Words of Radiance in another week. 😯
Oathbringer hasn’t been read yet (I needed a break from long, traumatising novels full of epicness and feels) but that will come at some point in the near future.
Faery Rebels – R. J. Anderson
When my brain was exhausted from reading all those epic fantasy novels, my other sister (“How many sisters do you have, Jane???” Three. Two older. One younger. Now you know. 😉 ) handed me Knife.
It was a much easier read (particularly for my poor exhausted brain 😛 ) and the story itself was just so sweet. It gave me all these memories of small-me devouring (not literally) every fairy-related book I could get my hands on. Knife was sweet and beautiful, and even though it wasn’t a masterpiece of writing, it was a wonderful story and I absolutely loved it.
I started the first few pages of Rebel and it started off just as well, but then I got sidetracked with editing and critiquing and reading a free book that I’ve been asked to review, so I haven’t actually gotten beyond page ten yet. 😛
That brings us to the end of my list, but before I finish off, I have a final word.
“If ever you are passing my way, don’t wait to knock. Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!”
Your turn! Are you a fantasy reader? What fantasy books are on your shelves? Have you read any of these books listed?