It’s a joy to crawl out of my writing cave to visit this blog after working on the last book of The Darkest Court series. Since the publication of Prince of Air and Darkness, I’ve been fortunate to talk to readers who have added scads of new fantasy books to my TBR pile. I’ve included the five currently at the top of my list. As I work through them in the near future, I’d love to talk with you—from those new to these books, all the way to diehard fans—and get even more suggestions for other necessary reads.
A reader on Tumblr suggested this book and, after reading the blurb, I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of this one yet. It has all the things I like: magic, swords, aristocratic intrigue and what sounds like a band of very questionable brothers-in-arms. Even better, the sequel is supposedly even faster-paced, which offers the perfect opportunity for a weekend’s reading marathon.
Once again, Tumblr to the rescue! A series of jaw-dropping art pieces by Feli, who’s the author and a talented artist, led me to The Icefjord Saga, which features elements of Norse mythology, plus ravens, rune magic and the promise of complicated relationships. The twisting political intrigue mentioned in the blurb only adds to this book’s appeal. Oh, and did I mention that the cover art makes my heart sing?
When a book shows up over and over again my writer friends’ feeds, I know it’s time to add it to the stack. This one hooked me for two reasons: awesome cover art and a compelling blurb. The whole rebuilt Atlantis setting hits all the good fantasy buttons, and the additional influence of tarot symbolism is a lovely cherry atop this fantastical sundae. Since so much of my interest in these books ties directly to recommendations, I’m thrilled that once I’m done reading it, I can finally fangirl with a ton of other people.
I’m a sucker for graphic novels and the current era of webcomics means there are plenty of outrageously original, beautiful works to read over. Novae is definitely on that list. This story of a necromancer and an astronomer’s apprentice set in 17th century France is already cool enough by concept alone. Add in the stunning artwork, with its attention to backgrounds and its delicately wrought detail work, and I’m champing at the bit to finally read all the issues. Fortunately the author keeps their webpage updated regularly, so I’ve no fear of running out of new pages once I catch up on those currently released.
Give me any book by TJ Klune and I’ll be happy. Wolfsong, the first book in the Green Creek series, is one of my top fantasy/paranormal books of all time, and I’m eager to see where this newest installment leaves our pack. Klune has a knack for ripping the heart from your chest, only to have you laughing through the tears a few minutes later. Considering everything that’s been happening in the series—werewolf packs at war, long-lost mates finding and losing and finding each other again—and Klune’s active teasers on Twitter, there’s no doubt this book is going to be one of the big hits of the year after its September release. My only warning to anyone who wants to start this series for the first time is that you will have the world’s biggest book hangover after, so plan your tissue consumption accordingly!
I hope you’ve discovered a new story to explore, and welcome your comments about others I should add to my TBR list!
About The Marked Prince:
The Summer Court is nothing like Sebastian remembers. The oppressed lower classes are drained of their magick, and around every corner political intrigues threaten an already unstable regime. Sebastian’s only hope of surviving the Court and bringing home Prince Lyne’s traitorous brother lies with Duine, a magickless Unseelie servant desperate to win his freedom. A servant for whom Sebastian, an estranged Seelie royal himself, is developing a dangerous and deepening affection.
But behind the mask Duine wears are secrets as dangerous as what’s smoldering between them. And the more Duine helps Sebastian navigate Court life, the more it becomes clear the servant is not who he appears to be. How he came to be the whipping boy of one of the most powerful and corrupt faeries in the Summer Court is a truth Sebastian is determined to uncover, even if it puts him at odds with the very people who can lead him to the missing Unseelie prince.
When a powerful enemy steps from the shadows, it could spell the end not just for the Unseelie, but for both faerie Courts. Sebastian must choose: complete the mission and earn his place among the Unseelie who took him in, or risk his very life to ensure freedom for the man he loves.