The Wyrd and Wonder prompt challenge for today is “most often recommended to you (or by you).” I don’t usually find myself asking for recommendations often, simply because I have a huge backlist at home. As this is the case, I’ll focus on fantasy books I tend to recommend to others. If you know me, I bet you know what will be first in this Wyrd and Wonder frequent recommendations list! This list is on the shorter side because I really have to like something to constantly recommend it to others. Call me a critic, if you will, but that’s just my nature!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I stood by it last year and I’ll continue to stand by it. This is a fantastic gateway series into the fantasy romance subgenre. Especially if you like to read about the fae. This is an addictive series that is incredibly easy to binge read and will leave you with many book hangovers.
The Atlas Six by Olive Blake
If you like dark academia; pretentious, intelligent main characters; and questioning those who hold power, then this book is for you. I wasn’t sure I would like it as I had seen some less-than-enthusiastic reviews. But it blew me away. The author clearly does her research and really knows how to write mysterious and atmospheric settings. A fair warning that the characters aren’t really likable or relatable, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good book. You can read my review here. I am a bad fan here and still need to read the next book, THE ATLAS PARADOX.
Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian
This author usually writes YA fantasy series, so this was her adult fantasy debut. It blew me away. This book is perfect for those who love Arthurian retellings and also crave that ethereal, mystical element with beautiful prose. I will not shut up about this book. Fans of Arthurian legend should absolutely read HALF SICK OF SHADOWS. It left me devastated in the best way. You can read my review here.
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
While I enjoyed this book when I first read it, I didn’t initially walk away with that “I must recommend to everyone” vibe. However, as time went on I more fully appreciated this book and the religious symbolism present throughout. It’s a well-written expose on emotional manipulation in a toxic relationship as told through the wife of Dracula. It has a dark atmosphere, almost like the tone of the film Interview with the Vampire. This book is a work of art. You can read my review here.
What would you put in a list for Wyrd and Wonder frequent recommendations? Do we share any of the same books to recommend?
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I am drawn to The Atlas Six, will look that up. And also to Dowry of Blood – using the POV of Dracula’s wife seems like a fascinating premise!
The Atlas Six is incredibly atmospheric (dark academia) and I loved it. And A Dowry of Blood has some great prose in it and religous imagery–definitely a nice POV change from Dracula’s wife. If you pick either of these up, I hope you enjoy!
Hey ACOTAR made my list, too. A Dowry of Blood ALMOST made it, but I decided to go in a different direction… Great choices. I have Half Sick of Shadows on my TBR…
Haha I’m not surprised ACOTAR made it to your list!! And you have to read Half Sick of Shadows…it’s so beautiful. I absolutely love it.
I’ve got to read A Court of Thorns and Roses one of these days. And I also loved A Dowry of Blood, and I’m excited there’s going to be a sequel😁
I think I knew there was going to be a sequel? I don’t know, but thanks for bringing that up on my radar. I’ll have to look it up.
Ooooh, I think Half Sick of Shadows is on my TBR, mostly because I like retellings! I think two fantasies that I’ve recommended quite a few times are:
I highly recommend reading HALF SICK OF SHADOWS. The writing is top notch.
Thanks for the recs!!
This post gave me an idea!
Oooo what’s your idea?!