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It’s no secret that I LOVE Fantasy! So this was an easy choice to make. But I’m not going to limit myself to any sub-genre such as High, Epic, YA or Urban Fantasy. And I will sort by series and not books, or there would have been a lot of repetition.
1: The Realm of the Elderlings
Ok, I know this is actually 4 series and 16 books. But the world is the same one, and it is epic! Dragons, complex characters, emotional rollercoaster, people who can talk to animals, excellent writing, humour and the character named The Fool! I can’t stress this enough; READ THEM!!
2: Song of Ice and Fire
Awesome. The intrigues, battles, dragons, the unexpected deaths and the epic characters! The only reason this series is in second place is that it does not have the surprising humour that The Realm of the Elderlings sometimes offer up. Not that there’s no humour in SoIaF, it’s just a bit different.
3: Throne of Glass
Aelin is one of my absolute favourite characters ever! And following her progress trough these books is pure bliss. I love how unapologetic she is, she will do what she want and deal the consequences head on. Combined with other fantastic characters and with Sarah J Maas excellent writing, this is a masterpiece.
4: Harry Potter
I reread these books 1-2 times every year since the series was completed, and I have yet to be bored of them! I doubt I need to tell anyone why I love them so much since I’m faaaaar from alone in this love. I’ve never met anyone who has never in their life wanted to go to Hogwarts.
5: A Court of Thornes and Roses
Again, Sarah J Maas is an excellent writer! The reason ACOTAR is below ToG is that this series focuses more on romance and could have explained the war a bit more if I had my way. I also lack closure and background on a lot of characters, and disagree with a lot that the characters have done. So there’s some thorns in my side, but that does not stop me from reading it again and again.
6: Caraval trilogy
This is a new love of mine, but a strong one! I’m completely enamoured by the magic of Caraval and the twists and turns of this story. I had just started to think that I had outgrown the YA genre, but then Caraval showed up and renewed my faith in the whole genre! It’s just so delicious.
Here you can read my reviews of Caraval, Legendary and Finale.
7: Darkangel trilogy
This book is extremely close to my heart! It was the first fantasy book I ever read and has in many ways created this bookish person that sits here today. Meredith Ann Pierce’s writing is so unique and dreamy. And the story is one that I can read over and over again.
8: The Queen of the Tearling
Dark, unpredictable and every character has both shades of darkness and light. Ok, some are truly horrible, but almost every character has something ”redeeming” or ”damning” that makes ones opinion go back and forth. I also feel a strong connection to the main character that will probably never go away.
9: Modern Faerie Tales Series
So The Cruel Prince and Wicked King has been so popular lately, and they are great! But for me there’s nothing as great as a first love, and that was Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Holly Black is an awesome writer, and no series is really inferior to another. But as I said, first love wins.
This wonderful book was sent to me by its author E.H. Alger in exchange for a review, and I feel so lucky for that! It has everything I love wrapped up in a cozy blanket of satire and humour. You can read my review of it Here.