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