This weeks Top 10 Tuesday is reason’s you love…. and today I decided to list the reasons I love fantasy series with a couple of examples!
Here are 9 reasons why I love Fantasy Series:
I loving deep diving into a new world with every fantasy novel I pick up, learning all about it and how it differs from reality.
Magic is usually at the core of each fantasy novel/series and learning about all of the intricacies, rules and restrictions is one my favourite things about the genre!
The characters are such a highlight in fantasy. Sometimes they are quite similar to regular human in a completely fantastical setting, other times they are a completely foreign species that we need to learn about!
Quests are some of my favourite tropes in fiction and the fantasy genre has provided me with some of my favourites!
Of course nothing quite beats an evil overlord of some kind that our underdog main protagonist needs to defeat. The dichotomy of good versus evil is very prevalent in fantasy and I feel it creates a bond between the reader and the characters.
There are sooooo many different subgenres of fantasy that keep me engaged and consistently entertained! One I’ve recently been enjoying is sci-fi fantasy!
A good romance mixed in between all of the magic and adventure is something that always keeps me coming back for more!
There is something freeing about diving headfirst into a long, epic/high fantasy series that really helps you to escape the realities of life.
This might seem a little trivial to some but there is something about maps in fantasy novels that I just love! It reinforces how different the world may be and definitely adds a layer of depth to the tale.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the perfect opportunity to showcase 10 books I really loved but haven’t had a chance to talk about in a while. I find usually I will post a review for a book and then won’t really bring it back up again. I highly recommend all of these books and their series!
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve been slowly dipping my feet into the sci-fi genre and have really enjoyed what I have picked up so far. I’m mostly only read series at this stage, I haven’t really encountered many stand-alone’s that I have captured my attention enough for me to want to read, though there have been a few. I think there are definitely some sub-genre’s that won’t appeal to me but until I actually pick up a few and give them a try I will never know… I am definitely open to any recommendations!
Here are a few sci-fi books I have loved:
Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
Impossible Times series by Mark Lawrence
Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson
Warcross Duology by Marie Lu
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is single word titles, so I figured I would go through all of the books I read recently and pick out the last 10 books I read that only had single word titles and what I rated them.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers – ⭐️4/5 stars
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️4/5 stars
Sparrow by L.J. Shen – ⭐️2/5 stars
You by Caroline Kepnes – ⭐️4/5 stars
Supernova by Marissa Meyers – ⭐️4/5 stars
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bunny by Mona Awad – ⭐️3/5 stars
Stardust by Neil Gaiman – ⭐️4/5 stars
Finale by Stephanie Garber – ⭐️4/5 stars
Warbreaker is about two sisters who are princesses of a small kingdom. Vivienna is the oldest and her whole life she has been groomed to marry the Godking of the neighboring Kingdom as part of a peace treaty but at the last minute her father decided to send the youngest daughter Siri instead.
Siri was a little too carefree and naïve at the start of the book but I loved seeing her transformation over the course of the story line. I found it quite cruel that her father decided to send her instead of her sister. I understand how difficult the situation was but he literally just sent her in blind with no hope of survival.
Vivienna kind of bugged me. She came across a tad arrogant, but I appreciated how most of her beliefs are challenged and she really had to evaluate who she was as a person and how she perceives the world. She is really brought down to her lowest possible point and still perseveres and comes out a lot stronger than what she was previously.
Lightsong’s character was a little dull to be honest. I knew that he was integral to the story and would ultimately have a purpose he would need to fulfill, but the journey to that moment was a little tedious. I enjoyed finding out more about his background and who he used to be and why he was chosen as Lightsong the Brave but everything else I really wasn’t invested in.
I found the magic system to be very unique but kind of confusing at times. It was definitely explained in full but the whole concept of the returned at the different levels was hard to wrap my head around. The way things were explained went into detail but I found it all to be a little dense to be honest.
Overall I really enjoyed all of the action and the intrigue. I had no idea which direction the plot was going to go in and I highly enjoyed all of the twists and turns incorporated into the plot. I just think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if it wasn’t as long as it was. If it was condensed to around 400-500 pages instead of nearly 700 I feel like I would of be way more invested than what I was!
⭐️3/5 stars a very slow burn!