Maria asked me (ok, I volunteered, I’m a book geek, give me a break!) to update you, her fabulous readers with a list of my favorite books this year since we are just past the halfway mark. I crunched the numbers (true!), subtracted the re-reads and came up with a list of 19 books that I rated as being of five star quality so far this year. Because a list of 19 book titles is rather dull and boring, I’m splitting it up into categories. So there is the bad news, y’all are going to get five posts about my favorite books so far this year. Of course, that is also the good news! You may not have heard of some of these and you may find your newest favorite book. So, the first category will be the largest, Fantasy. Here are my favorites so far this year in fantasy, in alphabetical order by author:
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: This is a lovely new fantasy series set in a fantasy world that has much in common with our own 19th century Russia with some interesting twists on magic and religion. It also explores some other fun topics like trust and friendship. The protagonists are young teens and this book is pretty much without gore and sex and is very low on death.
The Last Knight by Hilari Bell: A fantasy that is hard to define because it has the feel of an old timey road movie with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, though without as much slapstick and also the feel of a straight-laced urban fantasy like The Dresden Files. The protagonists are upper teens/early twenties and there is only a minimal amount of death, most definitely no gore or sex and only the barest hint of a romance.
StarCrossed and Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth Bunce are the first two books of her Thief Errant series. Young, female protagonist who is a thief but with a twist of fate gets set on the road of using her talents for good. Hints of romance, talk of possible torture though none in the actual story, no sex and no death and dismemberment.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is straight up fantasy. Featuring dragons who live among humans in a human-like guise under a mutual truce in a fantasy world. Protagonist is a young woman with secrets who sets out to solve a murder that threatens not only the truce but people she respects and loves.
The Broken Bell by Frank Tuttle is an excellent noir mystery fantasy featuring the laconic and sarcastic sleuth Markhat. Also featuring fierce small dogs, strange marriage ceremonies, curses, Mama Hog and vampires. Definitely includes some death and dismemberment but no sex. Also funny and a treat to read.
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