Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems #2

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I’ve done the topic already, have a look here. But I like it and will take the chance to introduce some more books that I liked but don’t seem very popular. Here you have 5 more:

Nightrunner Series / Lynn Flewelling

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Or other books by the author. I don’t think I’ve seen them mentioned ever. It wasn’t super amazing, but I enjoyed the books when I was younger. It’s pretty standard Fantasy, but with characters you can root for. Also one of the first Fantasy stories I’ve come across that featured a gay romance.

When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be…Luck in the Shadows.

MaddAddam Trilogy / Margaret Atwood

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You see Margaret Atwood mentioned a lot. She definitely is popular. And I’ve also seen people read this trilogy. But only a few, which is surprising, as I think it’s amazing and needs more recognition. I have to admit though that the first book was the weakest so maybe people abandoned the trilogy after it? Not sure if they are still doing a tv show based on it, but it was definitely discussed at some point.

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

Tide Lords Quartet / Jennifer Fallon

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I’ve featured Jennifer Fallon in my last post, but this time I want to put this series in the sportlight. It was so much fun to read! The series consists of 4 books and they keep getting better and better. It’ a Fantasy/SciFi mix, I’d say with lot of twists & turns, surprises & innovations! The characters are great – some of them I rooted for so hard and others I hated with a passion. And others I changed my mind on all the time! It’s so good – read it 🙂

When a routine hanging goes wrong and a murderer somehow survives the noose, the man announces he is an immortal. And not just any immortal, but Cayal, the Immortal Prince, hero of legend, thought to be only a fictional character. To most he is a figure out of the Tide Lord Tarot, the only record left on Amyrantha of the mythical beings whom fable tells created the race of half-human, half-animal Crasii, a race of slaves.

Arkady Desean is an expert on the legends of the Tide Lords so at the request of the King’s Spymaster, she is sent to interrogate this would-be immortal, hoping to prove he is a spy, or at the very least, a madman.

Though she is set the task of proving Cayal a liar, Arkady finds herself believing him, against her own good sense. And as she begins to truly believe in the Tide Lords, her own web of lies begins to unravel…

 

The Artifacts of Power / Maggie Furey

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I’ve mentioned before that I never completed the series. And I wasn’t a HUGE fan. But still. It was a neat traditional Fantasy story with everything you can think of. Magical artifacts, flaming swords, talking animals, evil sorcerers, romance and likeable characters. Lots of magic in this one. I thought more people might have read it. But maybe people did, but it’s a long time ago? The books aren’t new.

To the city of Nexis, where magefolk in their white-walled towers rule uneasily over a restive race of Morals, a young girl comes to learn the magic arts. Aurian, a quicksilver swordswoman, has inherited Earth-magic from her mother and Fire-magic from her father. Unawakened within her lie far greater powers, coveted by the Archmage Miathan, who intends to possess her. But Aurian bravely flouts the Mages’ Code and takes a mortal lover.

Maddened by rage and jealousy, the corrupt Archmage schemes to destroy her, unleashing cataclysmic forces from a lost age. Aurian is the only Mage strong enough to oppose Miathan, but to do so she must take up forbidden weapons of long-lost magic, at grave peril of her own destruction . . . or the annihilation of her very world.

The Heralds of Valdemar / Mercedes Lackey

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Fantasy book series for kids & young teens. I always thought they were very similar to Tamora Pierce’s books. Talia, the main character here, has a lot in common with Alanna. I see Mercedes Lackey get mentions here and there. But not a lot.

Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queen’s own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense.

But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia and the Heralds for aid in protecting the realm and insuring the future of the Queen’s heir, a child already in danger of becoming bespelled by the Queen’s own foes.

12 comments

  1. Ah, these are definitely hidden gems. I know most of these authors and heard of the books here, but you’re right in that they don’t get talked about as much. I’m really curious about the Tide Lords Quartet by Jennifer Fallon, I read one of her books a couple years ago and I want to check out more of her work.

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  2. Tide Lords Quartet sounds like something i might enjoy!
    I don’t like fantasy, but if’s something with sci-fi elements, then chances are that i will like it 😀
    Great list!

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  3. I’ve read a lot of these! I did finish the Aurian series, but I wish I hadn’t. I really enjoyed the first couple books, and really didn’t like the last one. Would have been better to make up my own ending.

    I don’t consider Lackey’s Valdemar series to be hidden, but maybe that’s just a difference in the people we know / follow. I enjoy the earlier books in that series, but not the more recent ones. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t get talked about much anymore?

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