Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke & the Bookish.
Sometimes I feel like I end up with a few of my favorite books on lists over and over again…so this week I decided to make a list of ten fantasy novels that I enjoyed reading that don’t get talked about very often.
1. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. This takes place in kind of an alternate history Japan type setting, and it is so atmospheric! Really really good.
2. The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan. One of my all time favorite fantasy novels, and the beginning of a trilogy. Definitely pick it up if you like darker stories.
3. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn. A very light and fun fantasy romance – great YA crossover title.
4. Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Another fairly dark series – this one featuring two male characters that eventually fall in love.
5. Black Ships by Jo Graham. The Aeneid told from a female’s point of view – this one chronicles the journey of the exiled Trojans. Love this story!
6. Illyria by Elizabeth Hand. This is a magical realism tale that could not be written more beautifully. It features two cousins that are in love though, so a lot of people steer clear because of that. (And, admittedly the story is a little odd. But oh man, the writing!)
7. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy. Very cool science fiction romance where the characters basically have to battle a planet.
8. A Woman Worth Ten Coppers by Morgan Howell. A woman sold as a slave is actually destined to save the world – this is the first book in the trilogy that chronicles her journey.
9. The Game by Diana Wynne Jones. Really fun YA fantasy by one of the best authors ever. The book is pretty short though, I wish it had been longer! I loved the characters.
10. Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox. Although this duology wasn’t a favorite of mine, the world-building is fantastic! Dreams are a precious commodity.