You know, one of the things that I am rather proud of as a fellow book-addicted-kitty-cat is my fantasy shelf! Well, my fantasy shelves… and boxes… Anyhoo, my point is that I have accumulated a lot of fantasy books over the past few years, with the gracious assistance of Sir Betrothed’s enabling, and I have been thinking about them quite a bit recently. When my insomnia attacked a couple of nights ago, I ended up sifting through a good chunk of these books to find ones that I would like to read the most. Today, I want to share my top five with you!
05. Rosemary & Rue (October Day #1) by Seanan McGuire
I remember starting Rosemary and Rue many years ago, but I never got around to finishing it because it was smack dab in the middle of finals week. Shoving it nicely back onto my shelves, it has sat around waiting for me to return to it, which I’m hoping to do fairly soon.
It’s an urban fantasy novel, the first in a long series, about a woman named October “Toby” Daye who is of Fae heritage. Toby spends most of her time trying to ignore her heritage as much as she possibly can, but when the Countess Evening Winterrose is murdered, Toby gets pulled back into the Fae world, no thanks to a curse uttered by Winterrose upon her demise, and it’s one that Toby cannot resist. As such, she must resume her duties as the knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and hope to solve the mystery of the Countess’s death before chaos ensues.
04. Master of the Five Magics (Magics #1) by Lyndon Hardy
A pure, classic fantasy narrative that revolves mostly on magic and wizardry, I original added this to my shelf because I was very intrigued by the premise and the cover looked cool, in that olden 1970s-80s sort of way. I recently learned that instead of being a duology (like I initially thought), it’s actually a trilogy! So, my forgotten interest has been renewed because of it.
Master of the Five Magics is about Alodar, who is a simple apprentice thaumaturge, learning the five great arts of magic. Then one day Alodar saved the fair Queen Vendora from a demonic siege of the city, which in turn inspired him to aspire for her affections. The best way for him to accomplish this task is to master all five of the magics, however, his quest to do so ends up being much more complicated and challenging then Alodar originally believed it to be.
03. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
Dragons. Dragons used in military aerial combats. Thus, we have my main interest in this series of books. Also, I recently got to experience a bit of Ms Novik’s writing, and while it tends to be a bit more paced than I normally care for, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. So, I have a feeling this series will be the sort of chai I adore.
In His Majesty’s Dragon, the British HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes a precious cargo: an unhatched dragon egg. This leads to the seafaring Captain Will Laurence to develop an unexpected kinship with said dragon when it hatches and as it grows, therefore taking him from the seafaring life that he has known into the air where there is much to learn. When France’s own dragon-born forces attempt to breach British soil, Laurence’s aerial combat capabilities shall be put to the ultimate test.
02. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch
Ah, I can feel Sir Betrothed grinning and groaning at the same time. Grinning because I’m finally considering picking up this damn thing, groaning because I’m finally thinking about picking up this damn thing. They gifted it to me years ago… and… I… may… have… forgotten… about it, anyhooooo.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is a high fantasy tale about an orphaned boy named Locke Lamora, who dodges death and slavery only to become a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. Growing up to become the leader of his own band of stealing misfit brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Lamora becomes quite infamous with his shenanigans. However, within the shadows, a dangerous rival threatens to destroy everything and everyone that Lamora holds dear, unless he can find and beat the enemy at his own game first.
01. Blood Rights (House of Comarré) by Kristen Painter
Vampires. I fucking love vampires. I prefer the more monstrous and vicious breed of vampires as opposed to the sultry and sexy ones, but either one works for me, and anything that fucking sparkles doesn’t count. So… a book with vampires, a dark atmosphere, and a unique premise? Sold.
Blood Rights is supernatural fantasy that follows a young woman named Chrysabelle, who is a Comarré, or a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility, and they are distinguishable by their elaborate tattoos. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the number one suspect in his death. Terrified for her life and fate, she flees to the mortal world where she encounters Malkolm—an outcast vampire cursed to kill every person from whom he drinks. Together they form an unlikely partnership and try to solve the mystery before chaos of the worst kind can be unleashed upon the realm.
These are the five novels that I physically own a copy of and that I would really like to get off my lazy and busy ass and read one day very, very soon. Please, let me know in the comments if you have read any of these, or if they sound interesting to you at all.