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This week’s theme is a seasonable freebie, so today I thought I’d share some fantasy books that make for ideal winter reading!
I actually struggled a bit with my list this week, and it’s because I noticed something: I am not a summer person, I hate being hot and I love the autumn and winter, but I am much more drawn to desert fantasy novels than polar fantasy novels. I’d never really noticed that about my reading before, but it turns out I don’t actually read that much fantasy set in cold climates…
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: I can never pass up a chance to mention my all-time favourite novel. Weirdly I associate this novel with the summer because I first read it in August 2015, but it is set over winter and is such a cosy novel to curl up by the fire with.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: This historical fantasy set in medieval Russia has one of the most immersive settings I have ever encountered. If you’re in the mood for a wintry book, this is the one you need!
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: This is another one of my all-time favourite novels and it’s snowy, wintry backdrop makes it the perfect winter read. Uprooted seems to be the general favourite of Novik’s fairy tale retellings, but I think this novel is a masterpiece.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb: The Realm of the Elderlings is a land with all four seasons, but I remember there being a lot of snow and crackling fires in this particular novel.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence: To be honest the only book in this trilogy I really liked was Grey Sister, but this series has a very snowy setting and I’d recommend the audiobooks if you want something to listen to on a winter walk.
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan: This is one of my favourite series, although it did take me a little while to get into this first book, and this particular story sees heroine Isabella travel to a rather cold country with snowy mountains and freezing rivers galore. The audiobooks for this series are so good!
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend: This is a very recent favourite of mine and there are a few scenes set over Christmas that make this Middle Grade novel such a comforting read for the festive season.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: Bardugo’s Grishaverse in general is rather wintry considering it’s Russian-inspired fantasy, but the scenes in Fjerda make this book a particularly wintry one for me.
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang: There’s quite a bit of ice magic in this Japanese-inspired military fantasy; I read it last winter, at the beginning of this year, and it was the perfect time to read it.