Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday // My all-time favourite fantasy novels

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

June 4: Books From My Favorite Genre

I’m sure you’ve probably already guessed from the books I mainly talk about on here and on my social media, but my favourite genre is fantasy. ❤

I couldn’t possibly order these (it was too hard, OK, TOO HARD) so they’re ranked in no particular order. I also tried not to fill the entire list with Victoria Schwab’s books. Are you proud?


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Priory is huge and beautiful and when I read it earlier this year, it instantly became one of my favourite books of all time.

The plot, characters, and magic systems were all so incredible, and I was stunned by how dense and intricate the world-building was. Immediate 5/5 stars from me.

 

 

Muse

To be honest, Strange and Muse could have both been on this list, because they’re such incredible books.

The only reason I included Muse instead of Strange is because Laini Taylor brings all the elements of the story together and answers all the unanswered questions from the first book in an astonishingly skilful way. There’s also a redemption arc and you know I’m a sucker for those.

 

Namsara

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Last Namsara at YALC in 2017, and I went into it not knowing much about it.

By the time I read the third chapter I was hooked. By the halfway point, I was addicted. By the end, it had become one of my favourite fantasy books of 2017.

 

 

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AS IF THERE WAS EVER ANY DOUBT THAT I WOULD INCLUDE THIS BOOK.

This book is my sun, my queen, my ruler of the stars, my light, my life, my world. I would go into battle for this book, it’s that brilliant.

I read ADSOM in 2016 and instantly gave it 5 stars. It’s been a love-love relationship ever since.

 

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My friend begged me to read this while we were at university together and I’m so glad I did.

Similar to Priory, the world building and magic systems are dense and brilliant. The characters are flawed and intriguing and I love how language plays such an important role in the story.

 

 

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I high-key love this book. When I picked it up, I remember it being so different to anything else I’ve read.

The collision between two worlds and the unique nature of the characters made this an immediate hit for me. Plus, Laini Taylor’s writing is just wonderful.

 

 

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Of course I was going to include the dregs on my list. How could I not? They’re basically my favourite squad ever.

As well as the squad vibes, one of the things that made this an instant favourite was the dialogue. It’s effortlessly fun, witty, and sharp without seeming like it’s trying too hard. Each of the characters has a style of speaking that sets them apart and adds to their individuality and brilliance.

 

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It feels like sooo many years since I read Graceling (2014, so a while ago), but I still remember the tension and excitement of racing through each chapter.

I read most of this while sitting in the airport, waiting to board a flight, and I would have happily missed my flight to finish it.

As it was, I boarded, read some more, reluctantly put it away to disembark, then finished it a day later, amazed by how good it was.

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This book tore my heart from my chest, broke it into pieces, then set the pieces on fire, but I still thanked Victoria for writing it.

Everything about the characters and plot is flawless, and the narration is second to none.

This book has all the things I love: superhero themes, characters with powers, queer characters, kickass women, sublime writing, action scenes that will steamroller right through you, tension, drama, and something of a redemption arc.

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I’m currently reading Wicked Fox, and unless something drastic happens to change my mind, this is going to be a new all-time favourite.

The pacing is spot on, the plot is gripping and I love the characters. Plus, the inclusion of Korean myths, legends, and culture is seamlessly done, and this reads like a smooth, novelised version of a Korean drama, which I really like.

 


What’s your favourite genre and which books would you say are you favourites?

Until next time,KateNEW

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday // My all-time favourite fantasy novels

  1. Great list! Six of Crows made my list this week, too, and I’m so excited to finally pick up The Priory of the Orange Tree really soon. I really enjoyed Muse of Nightmares, that whole story was gorgeous, and The Last Namsara is one I’d like to check out because I keep hearing good things. 🙂

  2. I’ve literally just finished Priory and I am a mess of emotions. What amazing story telling and world building.
    It feels like I’ve known these characters for books and many years, and yet it’s been less than a week. This is definitely a world I’ll be returning to many times over.

  3. Great list! I keep meaning to read ADSOM because I see so many people rave about it and I’m determined I’ll finally get to it this year. Especially as I’m currently reading Priory and since the hype for that was definitely justified, I’ll trust the hype for ADSOM.

  4. I doubt Finale is going to make my favourite since I DNF’d Legendary (but i’m planning to give that one another go), I’m antipcating Wicked Fox so bad, my favourite is probably Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses series, The Kiss of Deception trio, An Enchantment of Ravens, Three Dark Crowns series and Dance of Thieves.

  5. Lovely list, Kate. I am not a huge fantasy reader. I am a contemporary girl 😃 But i am trying to read more fantasy this year. I have started Priory but have read only 20 pages 🙈 It’s so huge and it needs dedicated time which I am unable to do right now 🙈 Almost all of these are on my TBR 🙊

  6. I really need to read Muse – I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Also intrigued by Wicked Fox.

  7. ahh i’m getting even more excited about wicked fox now!! the premise sounds so entertaining and i have this very very prominent feeling that i will absolutely fall in love with it. PS: i 100% agree on six of crows – i will love that group of characters forever. thanks so much for sharing! c:

  8. So many great fantasy recommendations. Thank you! My summer reading list is becoming a little unmanageable but I am up for the challenge, haha! My most recent summer read was, “The King Who Disappeared” by Hank Quense. The world of Gundarland is a world of wizards and other amazingly funny and unique creatures like dwelfs (dwarf/elf half breeds) and yuks (similar to orcs but not as friendly)… The Godmother, who is essentially a mafia boss who runs all the “families” of the elves. She is a hilarious character and there are many more memorable characters throughout. Quense is the king of satire and I found this to be a quick and enjoyable read that I recently pitched to my book club too. I definitely recommend checking it out – http://hankquense.org/wp/

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