Here we are, another What to read on a winter weekend ! I don’t know about you, but I am more of a fantasy reader in the Winter. Cold invites me to discover new worlds and universes and characters. So today, I am going to talk to you about three fantasy books, with three different moods, to read on a Winter weekend!
If you want some high fantasy
A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.
When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.
This one is such a great fantasy novel. The Boneless Mercies are a bunch of strong and fierce ladies, who do their job, but wish for more. Aren’t we all looking for something more in the end? I think we do. This book gave me strong The Priory of the Orange Tree vibes, but also a bit of Game of Thrones somehow? It takes place in winter mainly, in a forest, with great weapons and strong minds. No love stories in sight, but powerful friendships that feel more like sisterhood.
April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, Wink Poppy Midnight, The Boneless Mercies, and Seven Endless Forests. She also curated the horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Her books have been published in sixteen countries, and have received ten starred reviews. They have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, Kids’ Indie Next picks, and YALSA Teens Top Ten. When she’s not writing, April likes walking in the woods, exploring abandoned houses, and drinking expensive coffee. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. (via Goodreads)
If you want some futuristic fantasy
In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.
Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.
But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.
I am so sorry I keep on talking about M.K.England (I am not), but their books are amazing. It’s always a lot of fun and I laugh a lot with those amazing characters and stories. Spellhacker isn’t my favorite, but it is such an interesting take on fantasy, very original. It is the first time I got confused because I didn’t know if it was a sci-fi book or a fantasy one, but it is fantasy. And that’s amazing you guys. Very amazing. The magic system is amazing, as the characters are.
M.K. England is an author and YA librarian living who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls rural Virginia home. When they’re not writing or librarianing, MK can be found drowning in fandom, going to conventions, rolling dice at the gaming table, climbing on things in the woods, or feeding their video game addiction. They love Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes in their presence. You’ll regret it. (via Goodreads)
If you want some lovey-dovey fantasy
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious « errands », she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Yes, I am talking once again about my favourite book series ever, and I am not done since I am re-reading them. Woops.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is this mix between chimaeras myths, past life struggles and not knowing who the fork you are. But also, there is a strong protagonist with natural blue hair and a lot of tattoos, and an angel dude with those a-ma-zing golden eyes. Please, this is a good reason to read this series. Another one is Laini Taylor’s writing style.
Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out 🙂 Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It’s about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas. (via Goodreads)
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