Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books From My Favorite Genre.” Even though we are concentrating on only one genre, this was an incredibly hard list to put together. I love fantasy and could probably make this a twenty book list, but for your sake, I resisted. Honestly, on a different day, this might look like a completely different list, I have so many favorites. That being said, I’m actually really surprised that half of these are adult fantasy. I always think I’m more drawn to YA fantasy, but I guess it’s both. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – Do flawless books exist? Because it is my humble opinion that A Crown of Wishes excels when it comes to world building and characterization. Chokshi’s writing is compelling, her setting enchanting, and the romance is irresistible. Yes, I’d call this one one of the few books I’d refer to as flawless.
2. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhouse – I read this book twice in the last six months, bought myself a copy of this one before I finished my library copy, and devoured the sequel like it was water and I was a parched woman in the desert. If you like unlikable heroines, breathtaking action scenes, and unique world building, what are you waiting for?
3. Windwitch/Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – I can’t quite decide if the second or third book in the Witchlands series is my favorite, but I can tell you why. I am fully invested in the character development of the Bloodwitch Aeduan. He goes from hunting our two lead characters to allying with one of them. Iseult is also a favorite and I love every interaction between the two of them.
4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bargudo – Perhaps my favorite cast ever, the Six of Crows crew is only part of the reason this one is so beloved. Bardugo’s writing is so good in this one and even if you haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy, the world building can stand on its own.
5. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – One of my sweet spots reading wise is historical fantasy. I love this combination so much and love that there are so many possibilities. Unfortunately, we don’t get a ton of PoC leads in this genre. Sorcerer of the Crown enchants with its magical system and never shies away from addressing racism and sexism while allowing its two PoC leads to be themselves and flourish.
6. Serphina by Rachel Hartman – My top dragon novel will probably always be Rachel Hartman’s debut. It’s been years since I picked this one up but Seraphina seems etched into my very soul. If you are in the mood for complex characters, political intrigue, and writing that simply soars, this is the one to pick up.
7. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I told you historical fantasy is my wheelhouse. I loved how subtle the magic was in this one. It’s such an enchanting book that I didn’t need magic flying everywhere, its focus was one three characters and Moreno-Garcia developed such strong depictions, even the villain of the story had me mesmerized.
8. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – When I made this list, I wanted to make sure I included some titles from the past that had a big impact on me and not just ones I’ve been gaga for over the last couple of years. Grave Mercy is probably responsible for my love of assassins, the hate to love trope, and of course historical fantasy. I keep screaming this but this one has assassin nuns who serve the God of Death!!!
9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Can you describe a magical system as sensual? I’m going to call it sensual. The writing and world-building in Uprooted is top notch, but I live for the chemistry between Agnieszka and the Dragon. The antagonistic is also amazing.
10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – How could I make a list like this and not mention the Shades of Magic series? I love Schwab’s writing and how dark and yet enchanting this particular universe feels. I will never be over how utterly fantastic this series is.
Are you a fan of any of these? Do you have any favorite fantasy novels I didn’t mention here? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.