1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass is about a female assassin named Celaena who must fight in a competition against other assassins to win her freedom. This series starts out about an assassin Hunger Games, but as you read more books in the series, it evolves into a much more complex world. We find out more secrets about the characters, new characters are introduced, and the conflict grows into something bigger and more serious than you could ever imagine from reading the first book. This is one of my favorite series and the books keep getting longer, which is great for the readers. There are a lot of characters in this series. Sometimes there are important main characters who are not introduced until several books in, butting is easy to like them. The world is very complex so if you haven’t read many fantasy books before, I wouldn’t choose this as the first.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
This is Sarah J. Maas’ second series, which just ended this year. Don’t worry though because there are more spinoffs from this world coming soon. In some ways, I like this series more than Throne of Glass. The first book is loosely based off of Beauty and the Beast and I thought it was a pretty good book. Then I read ACOMAF and it was a million times better. I also liked ACOWAR, which aunt as good as the second book, but it was a satisfying end to Feyre’s story. The reason that ACOMAF and ACOWAR are so different is because ACOMAF is more focused on character development and character interactions. It is about healing after the end of the first book. ACOWAR is more focused on the plot and resolving the main conflict. I feel like it is easier to connect with the characters in this series than in Throne of Glass. I also think that this series is easier to read because while it is a complex new world, it is easier to learn about than ToG.
3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Graceling takes place in a world where there are people with two different eye colors who have special abilities. Thee main character Kansa is graced with killing and has to use this power when the king, her uncle, orders her to. Po, the Lienid Prince who is graced with fighting, is a great character and friend to Katsa on their journey. The book isn’t that long, but it slow at some points, which fine with me because I loved it. It is only slow in the beginning, but a lot happened in the book, and it didnt feel rushed at all.
4. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Poison Study is about a girl who has the choice between death and becoming the Commander’s food tester. This book series is extremely addicting (I read the first two books in one day). The characters are likeable, the plot is unique, and the story evolves greatly throughout the series. This series was originally a trilogy, but was later expanded so there are now six books about Yelena. This book came out in 2005 and, in my opinion, is extremely underrated.
5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms is about a complex fantasy world with three kingdoms and four main characters. This series kind of reminds me of Throne of Glass because of how complex it is and how the series changes so much throughout all of the books. The characters are really interesting and we get to see from all four of their point of views.