the problem with adult scifi/fantasy books is that they tend to have generic and pretty similar looking cover designs and a bunch of the books are really good but you cant find them without extensive research cause they all look the same

the problem with ya scifi/fantasy books is that they tend to have unique cover designs but a bunch of them are really bad and you cant find the good ones without extensive research cause they all look cool

Sydnee Recommends: FANTASY BOOKS

Young Adult

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (are you shocked?)

  • ragtag group of misfits
  • an impossible heist
  • bi, pan, gay, poc, and disabled mains (amazing)
  • its literally the breakfast club meets ocean’s eleven

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

  • ancient rome inspired
  • gladiator trials
  • a rebellious slave girl
  • an ancient evil spirit

This Savage Song by Victoria Scwab

  • actual monsters vs humans
  • warring families
  • beautiful writing
  • no romance

Adult (ish)

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

  • blood magic
  • parallel londons
  • pirates
  • literally no one is hetero

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

  • what if the dark lord won?
  • alchemy magic
  • group of misfits perform a heist (sound familiar)

Graphic Novels

Rat Queens 

  • elven mage, dwarf warrior,  atheist cleric, and halfling theif fight monsters
  • queer
  • the sass
  • its great
Fantasy with “women’s work”

I’ve been thinking about this post that talks about wanting more fantasy heroines who don’t look down on female-coded work. I realized that I couldn’t think of many that completely fit this description, but I do know of some fantasy novels and short stories that are positive about traditionally feminine tasks:

  • Dragon Slippers trilogy by Jessica Day George: The heroine repeatedly saves the day using her sewing skills. She also becomes successful at making a living by sewing. The author also has a retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” titled Princess of the Midnight Ball featuring a boy who knits, but I haven’t read it yet.
  • Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: Admittedly, Cimorene isn’t too interested in most female-coded pursuits, but she makes great cherries jubilee and chocolate mousse. Cleaning supplies also turn out to play a major role, and there is a witch who makes cider. 
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley: The heroine works in a bakery and is very passionate about her baking.
  • Antickes and Frets by Susanna Clarke: This short story features enchanted embroidery done by Mary, Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick, the Countess of Shrewsbury. It can be found in Clarke’s collection, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories.
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel: Though more magical realism than outright fantasy, this novel revolves around cooking and the effect food prepared by the heroine has on other people.

Feel free to add any fantasy works you can think of!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. thank you publisher!

5/5 Stars

An Enchantment of Ravens is a debut novel by Margaret Rogerson. It tells a story of a young woman who is a gifted portrait artist in a wold where eternal summer reigns. However, Isobel, has some very dangerous clients - the fair folk, who cannot create anything themselves and crave human Craft with terrible thirst and desire. For years she has painted their portraits, until she makes a mistake in the portrait of Rook, the Autumn Prince. For she paints pain and loss in his eyes, showing his vulnerability to the other Fair Folk - traits that cannot be borne where only strength counts. In his fury, Rook takes Isobel into the woods, to his kingdom to stand trial so that he may regain his reputation and hold on to his throne. However, on the way there Isobel and Rook fall in love - a killing offence in the land of the Fair Folk. Now, both, must both face the wrath of the Alder King, who reigns supreme over all courts.

The book is absolutely spellbinding. Rogerson demonstrates that she is the master of prose and imagery, such as you have never seen before. She captivates you with each word and you can clearly see that each one is selected on purpose to convey further meaning. Not only does she write well, but her fantasy is unlike anything I’ve read before. When first reading the term Fair Folk, I assumed that she was speaking of elves. Nothing could be further from the truth. The term is a tongue in cheek description of creatures who value looks and appearances above anything else, while beneath the glamour, they are rotting, hideous creatures. Their obsession with appearances is so complete that nothing else matters - not even the fact that their world is starting to rot and fall apart. Rogerson’s book is full of social commentary and satire. Furthermore, the Fair Folk are so self absorbed that they cannot comprehend any human emotions. Rook’s reactions to Isobel’s humanity had me in tears of laughter at some points. I also absolutely adored the comparison between the Fair Folk and a house cat, looking at the world with superiority and contempt. I honestly did not think that Rook’s attitude of self-assuredness and superiority would work for a love story, but the grown in both the characters is just incredible and really does make for a unique and spellbinding love-story.

I will not go into many spoilers since I would like for people to enjoy this treat of a novel for themselves. Think of An Enchantment of Ravens as a love child of A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.

Cover by Charlie Bowater

anonymous asked:

Can u recommend any series that are as good as tog and ACOTAR?? I've finished both of those now and I don't know what to do with myself now😭

If you want to read more books that are similar to SJM’s godly books, YA fantasy recommendations are:

  • (Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas, if you haven’t read that one yet)
  • The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter) by Marissa Meyer
  • Red Queen Series (Red Queen, Glass Sword, and King’s Cage) by Victoria Aveyard
  • Young Elites Series (The Young Elites, Rose Society, and Midnight Star) by Marie Lu
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • Half Bad Series by Sally Green

BUT If you have major book hangover from TOG, ACOTAR or any other fantasy books then you should try a complete genre switch, otherwise you’ll find yourself comparing all the fantasy you read to the fantasy book you’re hung over, so some amazing books of the contemporary non-fantasy genre recommendations are: 

  • ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
  • WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Hope this helps, lovely anon!!!  😊

ID #94857

Name: Olivia
Age: 14
Country: Portugal

Hi people, i would love if someone talked to me. That sounds really depressing, I’m just kiding.
I love books, but I’m more of a fantasie and romance person. I like music, almost every style, i love photography and baking.
My fandoms are, Divergent, Harry Potter, Red Queen, The Lunar Chronicles and The Selection.

Preferences: 13-16

The Warlord’s Contract Excerpt;

Vasha’s gaze flickered back to the young man in front of him. “Your name — Kleopatros — it’s not from anywhere I know.”

“It isn’t used on this continent,” Kleos replied. “It’s a less common name from the kingdom in which I grew up, far west and a little south of Zamoraz.”

“You’ve come a long way.”

Kleos nodded. He stared at his tea, a distant look in his eyes.

Homesickness hit Vasha square in the stomach. “Is it much different here than in your homeland?” he asked, softly, setting down his cup.

It seemed at first as though Kleos would not answer. “It is. It’s very different.” He glanced up. “But I’ve found that despite the differences in land and customs, the people themselves rarely change much, not at their heart.”

Excerpt from The Warlord’s Contract, the first book in a new adult fantasy trilogy.