I love finding new books to read, it’s even better when it’s in a genre I love. Summer is a great time for reading with people heading to the beach, pool, parks, or just off school. Here’s my five recommendations for a fantasy fan’s summer reading:
Click below for a synopsis and to see why I recommend each of these great books!
by Brandon Sanderson
Summary (from Goodreads):In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
Why I recommend it: Sanderson is becoming one of the prolific fantasy writers of our time. If you like his writing style then you have a lot of content because he’s doing everything from epic fantasy in taking over the Wheel of Time series to Young Adult works. Mistborn is a great series with a really interesting magic system.
Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Mass
Summary (from Goodreads):
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Why I recommend it: This is the perfect summer YA. Some romance, intrigue, a badass assassin chick. The pages FLY by. Plus, it’s a series (that’s even close to finishing!) so if you end up liking it you have more books to power through.
Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin
Summary (from Goodreads):
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
Why I recommend it: Isn’t it obvious? So many people right now are in love with HBO’s Game of Thrones and way too many haven’t read the books! Trust me when I say the books are way better. More than that, it seems more and more that the show is more like an alternate universe rather than true cannon. So even if you’ve seen the series the deep world of intrigue, fantasy, dragons and Whitewalkers is completely different in the books.
Into the Land of Unicorns
by Bruce Coville
Summary (from Amazon):
In Luster, Cara meets many wonderful creatures, but the most magnificent of all is Lightfoot, a rebellious young unicorn. Cara’s band of friends comes to include a hairy creature named the Dimblethum and the monkey-like Squijim. Together, they set out to reach the Unicorn Queen before the mysterious man.
Why I recommend it: This book is best for a younger audience or someone looking to reconnect with something they’d love in JR high. It’s technically YA, but I think it falls closer to the Middle Grade side of the spectrum. That being said, it’s a really fun tale full of the old-school fantasy that I think is packed with nostalgia. Maybe a great book to introduce a little sister or niece to.
Annette Curtis Klause
Summary (from Goodreads):
Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?
Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.
Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?
Why I recommend it: Looking for something more on the urban fantasy side? I think this would be a great read for lovers of Twilight looking for something a little darker and a even more edgy. Blood and Chocolate delivers on atmosphere while having great pacing and flow.