Five Amazing Fantasy Novels


Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.  This week’s topic was difficult for me because I am not a big fantasy reader. I tend to lean more towards Science Fiction.  It is very rare that I read epic or high fantasy so a lot of the books I am going to talk about have a twist to them such as a historical or paranormal element! There are so many fantasy novels, like the Mistborn Trilogy, on my TBR but I never seem to be in the mood for them.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang


This size of this book and the fact that it is fantasy would normally make it a book that I would never even consider reading.  However, I was seeing this book everywhere and the fact that it is written by a woman and was actually an Asian-inspired fantasy novel drew me to it.  I am so glad that I pick it up because the characters are great, the world-building is fantastic, and I never felt that the writing was heavy handed.  I can not wait for the next book!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman


Scythe is just as amazing as everyone says that it is and I now need to read everything the Neal Shusterman has ever written.  This story was so unique, and I really love that is was set in a dystopian/utopian world.  It was very dark and full of action, but also has memorable characters. You may know that I am not someone who completes a lot of series, but this is one I will definitely be continuing.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


There was so much hype for Six of Crows that I avoided reading it for years! I am so happy that I picked it up this year because it really in wonderful.  The cold and dark work that Leigh Bardugo creates is wonderful, but let’s be honest- this book is all about the characters.  They are each flawed but completely amazing and I sort of fell in love with them all.  I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom because I am so nervous to see what happens to them!

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


I talk about this book/series all the time, and it is more paranormal than fantasy, but it counts! If you read one vampire series in your entire life please make it this one.  It has one of the best villains I have ever read and is a very unique take on the vampire trope.

Circe by Madeline Miller


Circe has been everywhere lately, and for good reason.  I also love The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, but I prefer Circe.  I think it may just be because it is the one that I read first.  It has made me fall in love with Miller’s writing and now I have such a great appreciation for Greek mythology and retellings. I need all of your recommendations!

50 thoughts on “Five Amazing Fantasy Novels

  1. I could not agree more about The Poppy War and Circe! Both so incredible in their own ways. Have yet to read Scythe or The Immortal Rules, but might be reading Julie Kagawa’s new YA novel.

  2. Circe looks like such a good read. I love Greek mythology, and I love getting to explore different takes on the tales. I’ve heard so much hype about The Poppy War. It sounds brutal and enchanting.

  3. I really enjoyed Scythe as well, it was so different to anything I’ve read before and I think that’s why I loved it so much. I really need to read Thunderhead soon before I see spoilers haha!

  4. I jumped on the Six Of Crows train too! And I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom either yet, I’m too excited and nervous to see what happens ( and I haven’t been able to find it in the bookshops near me either 😁😭 )

    Great answers! ❤️

  5. Girl, this list is fire. I’ll admit that I’ve read only three of these 5 (SoC, Scythe, and The Immortal Rules) but those three have been my top fantasy favorites these past few years. SoC is rich with character, Scythe is rich in theme, and Immortal Rules is rich in action. I recently ran across Poppy War in B&N and fell in love with the cover. I didn’t buy it but the synopsis and cover have me sold. Can’t wait to read it one day. And I have Circe but I have yet to read it. I know that I’ll love it though. The Song of Achilles is fantastic so I have faith in Miller’s writing! Again, wonderful list 😀

      1. The Immortal Rules trilogy is really under the radar. But it’s soooo good. Glad we managed to stumble onto it though 😉 Can’t wait to read the both of them some day!

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