#wyrdandwonder | 3 new (to me) potential favourite fantasy authors

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Wyrd & Wonder is a month-long celebration of the fantastic hosted by imyril @ There’s Always Room for One More, Lisa @ Dear Geek Place and Jorie @ Jorie Loves a Story. Get involved here!

It’s the last day of Wyrd & Wonder – boo! – but I’ve had so much fun this month celebrating fantasy and reading everyone else’s posts – thank you imyril, Lisa and Jorie for hosting!

What better way to end a celebration than with a celebration of some of the new fantasy writers I’ve discovered this year?

When it comes to fantasy, I’ve had a great reading year so far this year. Already there are so many I’m certain are going to be some of the best books I read this year and it’s been lovely to discover new favourites in one of my favourite genres.

There are three authors in particular I’ve read for the first time this year that I can’t wait to read more from throughout 2019!

Robert Jackson Bennett

What I’ve read:

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What I’d like to read next:

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Foundryside was my first read of 2019 and I loved it. It has thieves – a fantasy trope I love when it’s done well – as well as an Italian-inspired setting and a queer heroine, so it was always going to be a success for me.

I’d heard from fellow bloggers Natalie @ A Sea Change and Deanna @ Deanna Reads Books how wonderful Bennett is at world-building and creating whole magic systems, and Foundryside was a clear example of that skill. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Shorefall, which was initially due out this August and has now been pushed back to 2020 (boohoo!), so until then I’d like pick up Bennett’s previous series which begins with City of Stairs. I’ve heard it’s fantastic, so it’s about time I read it.

Grace Draven

What I’ve read:

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What I’d like to read next:

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Entreat Me was a really pleasant surprise for me as I don’t tend to gravitate towards Beauty and the Beast retellings very often (something I discussed a little more here!), but I heard Jean @ Bookish Thoughts sing this book’s praises earlier this year. One of the genres I want to explore more of this year is Romance after I admitted I’d been a snob about it for far too long and Draven is known as a Romantasy author, so now that I’ve read and loved Entreat Me I’m keen to binge more of her novels.

Phoenix Unbound is one I’m saving to read over the summer as it sounds like it’s set in a world inspired by the Roman Empire. Radiance is another one I’d like to read because it features an arranged marriage – which is basically a Ye Olde version of fake dating in my mind – between two people from completely different races who therefore don’t find one another physically attractive. The idea of a romance blossoming entirely around the age old proverb of ‘it’s what’s inside that counts’ is one I can get behind.

Rebecca Roanhorse

What I’ve read:

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What I’d like to read next:

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After I really enjoyed Trail of Lightning, I’m so excited to continue The Sixth World series with Storm of Locusts, I just need to get my hands on a copy! The more I think about Maggie, the more I get the feeling that she could become a favourite heroine of mine and I’m really excited to see what she does next.

Another genre I’d like to read more of this year is Middle Grade and I love the idea behind Rick Riordan’s Rick Riordan Presents imprint. In January Roanhorse’s Race to the Sun will be published, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. One of the reasons I’m so buzzed about Rebecca Roanhorse is that I’ve been fascinated by First Nations culture, history and mythology ever since I read Celia Rees’s Witch Child but I’m so bored of all of it being whitewashed – I wrote a whole post about it here – but Roanhorse is an own voices author and I am so excited to follow her career.

 

Who are some of your favourite fantasy writers?

 

7 thoughts on “#wyrdandwonder | 3 new (to me) potential favourite fantasy authors

  1. mervih says:

    Robert Jackson Bennett is one of my favorites but I haven’t yet read Foundryside. Some of my other favorites include Terry Pratchett, Genevieve Cogman, Marie Brennan (although I’m woefully behind with her books), Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, and Steven Brust.

    I haven’t yet read Roanhorse but Trail of Lightning sounds great. Phoenix Unboud is actually in my digital TBR. I just need more time to read…

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  2. Emma and Bruno, AFCTL says:

    One of my favourite fantasy writers is definitely Cassandra Clare, but I have read the City of Stairs trilogy and it was amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Sahi says:

    Robert Jackson Bennett is one of my favorites too ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ And City of Stairs trilogy is as awesome as Foundryside and I hoe you love it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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