I love fantasy, so as you can imagine, my fantasy TBR list is pretty extensive! Whether it’s continuing beloved series, or starting new and intriguing ones, there’s so many books I want to get to, that it’s really hard to know where to start. I feel like I shouldn’t be starting new series before I’ve finished ones I’m already reading, but sometimes it’s just so tempting!
Anyway, here’s just a small selection of books of my fantasy TBR. Some of them have been on there since forever, and others are relatively new additions to the list:
‘The Seer of Sevenwaters’ by Juliet Marillier
Juliet Marillier is an author who I discovered almost by accident back in 2016, but who has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I’ve yet to be disappointed in a book of hers, and I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed by Seer of Sevenwaters, the fifth book in her incredible, enchanting Sevenwaters series.
‘The Heroes’ by Joe Abercrombie
I really enjoyed the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, and so was pretty excited to find out afterwards that he’s actually written more books set in that world! The Heroes seems to centre on the character of Black Dow from the original trilogy from what I can see from the blurb, so I’m hoping for some typical Joe Abercrombie anti-hero fare (although I feel like I need to read Best Served Cold before this? I’ll have to properly check out the series order!).
‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ by Scott Lynch
Despite having been desperate to read this book since forever (thieves, heists, magic…what’s not to love?), I haven’t read it yet for a really stupid reason. I ordered a copy off Amazon ages ago, and when it arrived it wasn’t the edition I thought it was. It was this weird, oddly large version, that’s kind of ugly, and I know it’s ridiculous, but I really haven’t felt like reading that copy…it just looks so unwieldy! And it’s too tall to actually fit on any of my bookshelves! I always thought paperbacks were just a standard size…
‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ by Patrick Rothfuss
On the recommendation of my boyfriend, I read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss ages ago, and loved it (as most people who have read it seems to!). However, despite really wanting to read the next book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Wise Man’s Fear, I’ve been steadfastly refusing to read it until there is some kind of announcement as to when the next book will be released.
I feel as if I’ve been waiting too long for certain books in a fantasy series (ahem…I’m looking at you George R.R. Martin!), and I don’t want to be in the same boat with another series. But I really want to read this book, so maybe I’ll crack…
‘King of Ashes’ by Raymond E. Feist
I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read of Raymond E. Feist’s so far, and so I was pretty excited back in 2018 to hear he had a brand new book coming out!
I was also pretty intrigued by the fact it seems to be set in a completely different world to any of his other books (which most seem to take place in the interlocked worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan), so I bought a copy of this with the Waterstones voucher my boyfriend bought me for Christmas. Hopefully I’ll get round to reading it soon!
‘The Queens of Innis Lear’ by Tessa Gratton
This was another book bought with my Christmas Waterstones voucher, and this was actually a rare case of me buying a book I hadn’t even heard of before entering the shop. I spotted The Queens of Innis Lear on one of the display tables and loved the cover, and was even more excited after reading the blurb and realising that this book was a fantasy retelling of King Lear!
‘Prince of Thorns’ by Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence is an author I’ve been aware of for quite a long time, but whose books I’d never read, so I recently picked up a cheap copy of Prince of Thorns on ebay, and decided to give it a try. I’ve heard good things about the Broken Empire series, so I’m looking forward to diving into it!
‘Mage’s Blood’ by David Hair
Recently, I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to check out the books in the fantasy section of Waterstones that are just on the general shelves, rather than on the table displays. I just feel like there could be so many incredible stories I’m missing out on because I’m only focusing on what’s newest or most popular, and I really want to expand my horizons.
Whilst browsing the fantasy shelves I spotted David’s Hair’s Moontide Quartet, which I’d never heard of, but sounded intriguing when I read the blurb. I decided to add it to my Goodreads TBR shelf for a later date, but then happened to notice that the first book Mage’s Blood was only £1.99 on the Kindle store, so I snapped it up!
‘The Ninth Rain’ by Jen Williams
This book initially caught my attention for rather shallow reasons…that cover is absolutely gorgeous! But when I took the time to find out what it was about, I really liked the sound of it – it looks like one of those cool ‘random gang of misfits going on a quest’ type stories (there’s a a guy called ‘Tormalin the Oathless’, an eccentric explorer and a fugitive witch involved apparently!) – so it went straight on my TBR list.
‘The Book of Swords’ edited by Gardner Dozois
I’ve been meaning to start reading more fantasy short stories for quite some time, and a book like this, full of stories by masters of the genre, seems like a great place to start. There’s stories from everyone from Robin Hobb to George R.R. Martin and Ken Liu in this collection, so I’m expecting great things!
So have you read any of these books? Would you recommend any in particular? What’s on your fantasy TBR list?