My Favourite (Unfinished) Fantasy Series

My Favourite (Unfinished) Fantasy Series

As I’m sure some of you are aware, my favourite genre is Fantasy. I particularly love series because it gives you the chance to explore the unusual worlds and become emotionally connected to the characters. Here are my favourite ongoing fantasy series, I’ll let you know why I think they are particularly fantastic.

Lightbringer by Brent Weeks

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The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks is a adult fantasy series based around politics, war and magic. The Magic system is phenomenal – magicians or drafters work by turning light into a tangible substance. It is fascinating. The series is currently three books long with a fourth being released in October this year. If you’d like to find out more about this series, check out my review of book one, The Black Prism.

Tearling by Erika Johansen

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The Tearling series by Erika Johansen is another politics-based adult fantasy. The interesting thing about this series is that it is based on Earth in the distant future but instead of society progressing, it has regressed instead. They don’t even have electricity or steam engines.  I really enjoy this series and cannot wait for the third book to come out later this year. If you’d like to check out my review of book one, The Queen of the Tearling, you can do so here.

Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

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The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss is an adult fantasy series that will ignite your imagination. Kvothe is a legend and he is telling his life story to a scribe. You follow this amazing character through his turbulent childhood and watch him grow into his magic and greatness. There are currently two books released and I do not believe that the third and final book has a release date yet, it has been a long time coming.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is a series that straddles the line between YA and adult fantasy. Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant in a city where it is illegal, Scion London. This series is a story of rebellion and unusual powers. There are currently two books released with book three due to be released next March. It looks as though Shannon has lots more books in store for this series.

Monsters Of Verity by V.E.Schwab

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This Savage Song by V.E.Schwab is book one in her new series Monsters of Verity, I consider this to be a YA series. In a world where evil deeds literally spawn monsters, you sometimes have to make friends with your enemies. I loved the familiar yet new feeling Schwab’s monsters had and really like the emphasis on friendship in this series. You can read my review of This Savage Song here.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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The Six of Crows is a YA fantasy duology that features around a heist. It is set in the Grisha world, but I wouldn’t even really consider it a companion series to the Grisha trilogy. It is its own story and is told phenomenally well. The characters are brilliantly shady and you become deeply entangled in their world. The second book is due to be released at the end of this September and I am seriously looking forward to it.

Shades of Magic by V.E.Schwab

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V.E.Schwab’s Shades of Magic is an adult fantasy series with four Londons – Red London, Grey London, White London, and Black London. Only two people can travel between these Londons and we explore what happens when a relic of long-dead Black London comes to light. This series ticks all the right boxes: elemental magic, a bitter magician, and a female thief. I have just finished reading the second book in this series and loved it so much, I cannot wait for the third book next February.

What is your favourite fantasy series? I’m always looking for recommendations whether they be adult, YA or middle grade. Let me know in the comments!

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MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG!

MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG!

Welcome to the ‘Mid-Year Book Freak Out’ Tag. This seemed like a nice way to wrap up the first half of the year so here we go!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.

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I absolutely love this series. It has a great magic system and I flew through the 700+ pages. You can check out my review here. Read more

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Was Spoiled For

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Was Spoiled For

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group created by gingerreadslainey over on YouTube. Every week brings a different topic and this week is ‘Books I Was Spoiled For’. Before you continue: THIS BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS!

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To Finish Or Not To Finish?

To Finish Or Not To Finish?

There are few things comparable to the pure joy of finding a new fantastic series. It fills me with excitement, knowing that I have a long list of books that I am guaranteed to enjoy. I’m always a bit tentative to begin with, I will buy the first book and give it a try. If I enjoy it, I abandon all good sense and binge buy the rest of them. If I do not like the first book, it goes back on my shelf and I forget all about it.

The real pain appears when I adore a series that has not yet been completed. Sometimes I time it well and only need to wait a couple of months for the next installment. Sometimes I have to wait years. It can be excruciating. Or I forget about it …

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Day Four:Winter Biannual Bibliathon

Day Four:Winter Biannual Bibliathon

I have just finished day four of my read-a-thon and I am having so much fun! It’s great to devote so much time reading excellent books. Yesterday I managed to finish The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Just. I was falling asleep as I cracked the final ten or so pages  and had to make myself stay awake to finish.

The book was a phenomenal sequel. I was completely captivated by the first novel The Queen of the Tearling (you can read my review here) but I wanted to know more about the world to explain why things had progressed the way they did. This book explained everything with excellent flashback scenes that tell the tale of what was happening less than a hundred years from now. It was great seeing Johansen’s vision of what our future is like and I’m completely satisfied with her world building. The characters were also fleshed out some more in this novel and I was pleased to see that Johansen is not afraid to give some of them a much darker tone. The plot was exciting, full of mystery, magic and chaos. I seriously recommend this series to anyone who likes fantasy with a slightly political feel. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Today (day five) I am starting The Rook by Daniel O’Malley for the ‘judge a book by it’s cover’ challenge so I have absolutely no idea what it’s about!

Progress Update

  • Pages Read Day 4: 404
  • Total Pages Read: 1402
  • Challenges Completed: 5

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Day Three: Winter Biannual Bibliathon

Day Three: Winter Biannual Bibliathon

Yesterday was day three in my read-a-thon and a day filled with Terry Pratchett. I managed to finish reading Guards! Guards! and start on The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

I absolutely adored Guards! Guards!. It was wonderfully surreal and fantastical but still managed to greatly resemble real life. Terry Pratchett brought many and varied characters to life and developed them fully. The story line made ironic use of traditional tropes, making them seem ridiculous. The writing was colourful with many a clever turn of phrase and every character had its own distinctive voice. I would recommend this book to anyone (as it has been recommended to me, qualifying it for the ‘recommended more than once’ challenge). Overall, I gave it 5/5 stars.

Last night, I also started reading The Invasion of the Tearling for the ‘favourite genre’ challenge -although I am well aware that all my chosen books fall under my favourite genre, fantasy. I had aimed to read about 200 pages last night but overestimated my reading speed. I only managed about a hundred before falling asleep, but they were a hundred pages I enjoyed very much indeed.

Progress Update

  • Pages Read Day 2: 354
  • Total Pages Read: 998
  • Challenges Completed: 4

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Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Sometimes you find a book that immediately grips you, pulls you into its pages and will not release you until you have explored every last sentence. The Queen of the Tearling is one such book. This is Erika Johnasen’s debut novel and she really came out swinging; she has since written a sequel, The Invasion of the Tearling, and we expect a third book soon.

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The Queen of the Tearling is set in our future, however it is a future with a regressed society. There is little to no science, no printing press, and poverty is rife. This is the society that nineteen year old Kelsea is supposed to rule, provided she lives long enough to take the throne. She is being hunted. It is in the best interests of both the Regent (her uncle) and the Red Queen (ruler of the neighbouring kingdom) to keep Kelsea from becoming Queen and taking control of her kingdom, Tear.

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