TOP TEN TUESDAY IS A MEME CREATED BY THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. EACH WEEK THEY PROVIDE A TOPIC FOR A TOP TEN LIST. CHECK OUT THE LINK TO SEE WHAT TOPICS THEY HAVE PLANNED FOR THE COMING WEEKS.
For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m highlighting fantasy novels I think we should be talking about even more than we do now.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
This book is probably my favourite ever, and doesn’t nearly get enough praise (in my humble opinion). A banished heir to a throne he was never meant to inherit is thrust straight into the heart of a claustrophobic and vicious court set against him when his father and brothers die, leaving him as the only son left to take on the mantle of Emperor.
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
A recent release, The Bedlam Stacks deserves to get a lot of attention. The fantastical elements in this one are weaved subtly at the beginning until you get near the end and realise how thoroughly magic it all is.
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
I love how this book begins a bit like a ruthless fairytale with snow and blood. The characters here are twisted but all the more deliciously interesting for it.
Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
Alec is falsely imprisoned but ends up being saved by his mysterious cell mate who is a noble, thief and spy. Alec finds himself tangled up in adventure and apprenticed to his roguish saviour.
The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr
An arranged marriage seems to be falling apart at the seams as a king is reluctantly matched with a skilled politician,who is much more valuable to the king than he cares to admit at the beginning.
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
This is the story of an angry star turned into a dog for a crime he did not commit.
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
If you love The Raven Boys then this book is a must read. Will Stanton discovers he is an Old One at Midwinter on his eleventh birthday. From there he winds up on a quest where the line between good and evil isn’t quite as clear cut as some characters would have you believe. The sequence goes onto cover dead kings, ancient relics and Welsh mountains.
The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo
Another Welsh magician story. Gwyn finds out he is a magician with a deep connection to Welsh magicians of old.
Melusine by Sarah Monette
Felix, a gifted wizard, loses everything he holds dear, including his position at court, his lover and his own sanity. Meanwhile, Mildmay, a thief, finds himself reluctantly assisting a man out for revenge. When the two cross paths they find out their lives are connected in unexpected ways and they’re going to have to save each other in order to save their city.
See my review here.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A young woman finds herself unexpectedly selected by a wizard called the Dragon to live in his tower. Ripped away from the family, friend and home she loves she finds new power within herself, power which could help put an end to the dark power living in the woods. Beautiful fantasy story with the scariest trees I’ve ever read about.