A List of Terribly Underrated and Underrepresented Fantasy Books
The Land of Elyon, by Patrick Carmen
Fab series about Alexa Daley who solves riddles, find Jocasta stones, and can understand animals, specifically a squirrel and a wolf. The Dark Hills Divide (the starter) also features a killer chess game
look at this art work, this is masterful canonical scenery (doesn’t pop up until Stargazer so get to it)
The Echorium Sequence, by Katherine Roberts
Gorgeous gorgeous series. Trilogy starts off with Song Quest, follows Rialle and Kherron, two young singers from a fantasy world steeping in musical magic. A lot of blue hair dye. Half-people appear throughout the entire series.
So. much. angst. The character arcs and subtle romances are brilliant.
Side note, Spellfall (by the same author) is a good one-shot fantasy for younger readers. And older ones with good taste.
The Chanters of Tremaris, by Kate Constable
Fuck yeah more magical singing. The Singer of All Songs starts this trilogy off with Calwyn, an up and coming ice priestess who lives in a world where people control shit by singing- wind, metal, ice, you name it.
Also features Darrow, aka Hot Older Man. Tragedy, bamf characters, more sweet subtle crying romances.
Study Series, by Maria V. Snyder
Move on over girl on fire, we’ve got a new fabulous female lead. Yelena is the bamf of all bamfs. After suffering creepy torturous abuse she becomes the food taster for the Commander of Ixia, and is trained by the ever so mysterious and sexy Valek. Yelena also has a personality and a sense of humor she is five stars
Age gap romances are the shit, but the magic in this world and the fucking descriptions and writing are the most delicious things you will ever read.
Also there’s a cool trans character in a mighty high position of power
The Kiesh'ra Series, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Like some shape-shifting in your fantasy world? Like your fantasy world to be so fucking well crafted with such amazing cultural depth? Start off with Hawksong. It’s your typical boy and girl gotta get married to unite feuding kingdoms, but the races here are so fantastic. You got your Avians (bird people), you got your Serpiente (snake people), you got the shm'Ahnmik (falcon people), you got lesbian wolves and lion mercenaries and mystic tigers.
This series is the shit, go get the books, they will suck you in (also you kind have to keep reading because the endings are literal drops like the end of normal chapters)
Side note, go check out In The Forests Of The Night because the author wrote this when she was like 15 years old
My way is set as in stone, and I don’t feel the need to veer off any longer. It has taken many days of searching and fighting, but in the end I have found what I was looking for. I have found my way home.
Patrick Carman [The Land of Elyon Book 4: Stargazer]
Warvold looked deep into my eyes, the wind blowing strands of white and gray hair across his worn face.
“Elyon has only one hope for us, Alexa. That we would know he loves us. Do you understand? The one who made you, the one who made everything.” He swept his hand across the sea. “He loves you. And more than that, there is nothing you or I need to to do to earn his reckless affection for us. That love has driven me to fight his enemy, the enemy of us all.”
With the Hunger Games coming to theaters at the end of this month,
Why not try some other amazing dystopian novels while you wait with bated breath for the 23rd:
From the creator of The Land of Elyon, Patrick Carman comes a riveting adventure The Atherton Series set in an extraordinary satellite world – created as a refuge from a dying Earth – that begins to collapse and forever change the lives of its inhabitants!
Set in 2099, Exodus by Julie Bertanga is themed around the consequences of global warming where Mara, her family, and her community realize that they are asylum-seekers in a world torn between high-tech wizardry and the most primitive injustice. To save her people, Mara must not only find a way into the city but also search for a new land and a new home.
Many hundreds of years ago, The City of Ember , written by Jeanne DuPrau, was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked – but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all – the lights are failing.
The Declaration, by Gemma Malley, is a powerful futuristic drama about a world in which human life has a transformed value, and ageing has long since lost its finality. Charismatic characters, action-driven plot and sublime writing combine to make this an unputdownable novel for teens.
The Knife Letting Go is the first novel in the The Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness. Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans…Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run…