Today’s topic features books
- I have never heard of before when I picked them up & they blew me away or
- didn’t get a lot of publicity but definitely deserve more
The Hollow Gods Series / Rebecca Levene –> So far, it consists of Smiler’s Fair and The Hunter’s Kind. Those books were my highlights in 2016 and I have never heard of the author before. I only picked them up because I liked the cover. Normally I don’t do that at all but it makes me wonder whether I should try it more often if it leads to awesome stories like this one. Great epic Fantasy that is not as predictable as you might think.
The Banned and the Banished / James Clemens –> I never hear anything about this series. It was my favourite when I was about 13 years old. I read all of the 5 books in a row and even reread it. It’s a standard quest Fantasy of a little group trying to defy evil. I remember it being fun to read although it wasn’t very innovative and the names were annoying. Lots of action going on, lots of magical creatures, magic in general, fighting and can be very dark.
Pellinor Saga / Alison Croggon –> Although I haven’t even finished it. I enjoyed the first 2 books very much. It’s a classical teacher/student magical journey Fantasy series. Has a little bit of romancing as well, but it’s a very, very slow burn (which I like).
Everything / Jennifer Fallon –> The Lyre Thief got some positive reviews last year but I don’t see a lot on everything else she published before that. Which is a shame because all of her books are amazing, if you ask me. I thought that especially her Tide Lords Quartet would be more popular as it has everything a good Fantasy series needs. Humor, great dialogue, an awesome world, interesting characters, romancing, surprises..
Dark Horse Series / Mary H. Herbert –> Magic and Flying horses? Okay, maybe not for everyone 😀 I am probably biased because it was one of the first Fantasy series I read when I was a kid.
Rhapsody Trilogy / Elizabeth Haydon –> Although I was very annoyed at Miss ‘I am so perfect’, Rhapsody herself, this story has great world-building and was highly enjoyable for teenie-me. I thought more young people would like it.
Sword of Shadows / J.V. Jones –> It’s a very dark read and has a great story and characters. A bit like ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Unfortunately has the same problem. The next part just won’t come out.
Watch Series / Sergej Lukianenko –> It’s super popular in Germany. Great Russian Fantasy about vampires, shape-shifters in the middle of our world.