Top Ten Tuesday – Favo(u)rite Fantasy Novels

Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish

Fantasy is one of my favourite genres! In no particular order, here are my top ten fantasy books:

  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore –  Third in series, this book simply reminded me why I love the world of the Gracelings.
  • Crown of Embers by Rae Carson What can I say, this book has strong characterization, vivid world building, action, adventure, romance and humour. Kapow! What more could one want?
  • Reckless by Cornelia Funke. There’s a lovely switch of pace throughout this book, one moment we’re carefully treading through dangerous forests, the next we’re frolicking with water nymphs, arguing with our siblings and falling in love with people we oughtn’t…oh and did I mention epic battles?
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson Oh the Mistborn series! I love all the characters. Love to love some and love to hate others. The story pretty much steps off the page an into your brain, causing the synapses to fire up a 3D representation of the story- no, actually make that a six senses experience. Defy you not to feel as though you’re living this story.
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The story meanders a lot, and usually that would irritate me. Get to the point, I might say to another author, but not so here. There’s so much to explore in this world, I sort of enjoy going of grid. (Have you ever played the old Final Fantasy games? If so, isn’t it fab when a game lets you wander off the main targets/goals and go for a wander around the landscape having little side adventures less curious gamers are probably missing out on? Well if you’re a curious soul and like grand landscapes visit this world…if you’d just like the narrator to get on with it, then you’d better skip it).

Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. With the TV series taking the world by storm, I suspect I need say nothing about this book and it’s series.

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn. Love elementals? Then pick up this book. I might have frowned at the finale, and wondered at the sanity of a lead character toward the end, but on the whole the world building and word-smithery in this one is impressive.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Ah, another slow wander around in this tale of competition/ revenge. The ending was anticlimactic for a few readers, and I’d have felt that way too, if I didn’t think the journey was actually far more fun than the destination in this one. If you love tales of magic, old glamour and oh so subtle romance, then this one’s for you. If you prefer something bold, and definitive, I suspect you’d enjoy it less.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Yes, Mr Sanderson again! His debut novel, and what a gem! For some reason just thinking of the book makes me want to speak in exclamation marks. Imagine a city of near godlike people, who have an affinity to magic that makes them able to heal others, and do so much more. Now imagine that instead of becoming godlike people when you build an affinity to the magic, you become so ill your skin droops, and becomes marked, and you feel nothing but hunger and pain all day long. This is what has happened to Elantris – the magic has turned and the blessing crumbles into a curse. Could you find the cause, the cure and the courage to turn things around?

Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Ah, love the setting of this one – it all feels like a Slavic fairytale land, and has a heroine for whom I can’t help but root! 

All the book titles link to their blurb on Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week participating bloggers post a new Top Ten list; everyone is welcome to join.


  1. Great choices this week! I enjoyed The Night Circus, didn’t love it but I thought it was imaginative!

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