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Top 5 Under-Hyped Hidden Gems in Fantasy

This week’s topic is hidden gems in our favorite genre. I am totally a fantasy girl! I enjoy fantasy mixed with contemporary (i.e. paranormal or magical realism), fantasy in the city (urban fantasy), fantasy meaning a totally new world (i.e. straight fantasy) and even when one of earth’s cultures is mixed up and made into a new fantasy world (i.e. cultural fantasy). I’m not picky I just need me a little MAGIC!!

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Urban Fantasy 

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Grave Witch by Kalayna Price


Urban fantasy can be a bit boring as the world is setup and people are introduced that have very little to do with the story now. In Grave Witch we get just enough about the Fae, the shades and grave magic to understand what is going on. The mystery really wove everything together and nothing was withheld that was vital to the story. And best of all I really liked Alex Craft! The cover may turn you off, but this is a great urban fantasy that goes under the radar…

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Cultural Fantasy 

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor


Africa is a place of untamed passion and magic and I love that we are seeing more and more about it in fantasy. This was the first Nigerian culture based fantasy I read and I still remember it because all the little details were so different and unique! The little rituals with the trust knot, the bridge that is and isn’t there plus the leopard spirits and spirit faces. Book #2 was released last year so a few more know about it but not nearly enough!!

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Adult Fantasy 

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Prelude to Mayhem by Edward Aubry


This is a mix of three different kinds of worlds: post event earth, the fae realm and a future tech world. It is sooooo creative and everyone needs to read it! The great thing is that books 1 and 3 have a YA character that is coming into her own as a girl of power and a bi-sexual. And Harrison isn’t too bad himself… This is from a small indie publisher and I can’t sing it’s praises enough! You can read more about it here, here and here

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Fantasy Retelling

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Entwined by Heather Dixon


The 12 dancing princesses is one of my favorite fairy tales and this standalone retelling does them and dancing justice! The way it is written captures the love the author has for dance and then supplies us with a villain that neither we nor the girls want to let go of at first! Plus another character gains the redemption he didn’t realize he needed. Despite having 4,000+ reviews not enough readers are talking about this under hyped enchanting read…

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Asian Fantasy 

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Hundred Ghost Soup by Robert Chansky


As a fangirl of Asian literature written by both #ownvoices and #totalfans I am always on the lookout for a book that captures the essence of an Asian culture and boy does this one do that for Chinese! I was enchanted and I’m so looking forward to this underated book’s sequel that I pestered the publisher… Bureau for Eternal Prosperity #2 will be out hopefully later this year!! (YAY!!) Read my review here!


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What is your favorite under-hyped fantasy read?!

Two of these books have under 100 ratings/reviews, 3 had around 1,500 reviews and Entwined had around 4,000+ like I said already. That is NOT enough people reading these books! Have you ever checked your favorite books and seen that not that many have read them?! Does it make you want to hype them more?

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34 thoughts on “Top 5 Under-Hyped Hidden Gems in Fantasy”

  1. Hi Dani! You stopped by my blog a couple of months ago and I’ve been a terrible blogger being on hiatus and all! But I’m back now and I’m going back through my posts to catch up with everyone that I missed! That and Uma rec’ed your blog on our Blog Squad posts so I definitely had to stop by.

    This is such a cool topic – I’m all for trying to help give underrated books some buzz – and I LOOOOVE fantasy so I’ll be checking some of these out. I particularly like the look of the first one.

    My favourite underrated series is probably Red Winter (Japanese high fantasy series by Annette Marie) and I also adore her urban fantasy series of Steel and Stone.

    I hope to be able to stop by again soon and thanks for stopping by my blog all those weeks ago!

    1. WOW, I LOVE Red a Winter too! I always want to include it on any type of under hyped lists, I feature it too much so I dug deeper but I so agree with you on that one! I’ll have to give Steel and Stone a shot too! I heard she has a succubus series just out too.

      Thanks for visiting Di! I’m not the swiftest comment replyer so no sweat 😉

  2. I recently had a fantasy discussion with a friend where we shared our faves and we realized we have basically the exact opposite taste — she hates the stories with some romance that takes a while for things to happen, and that is my absolute favorite!

  3. Thank you for promoting this under hyped books! I love the Blood Bound series by JL Myers, under hyped but soo good!

  4. The only one I have read of this list is Entwined by Heather Dixon and I really liked it! Fantasy is my favorite genre so I will be reading all of these!!

  5. Entwined has been on my TBR for longer than I’d like to admit! I read one Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling that was a middle grade and loved it! I’ve planned to read more but the rest of my TBR just keeps getting in the way. Perhaps I’ll pick it up in March!

  6. I’m looking forward to Entwined. I love that cover! I read The Song of the Sirin last year and enjoyed it. It doesn’t have a ton of ratings though. I need to read more fantasy! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the recommendation Mischenko! I added it to my TBR! I’m reading the Bear and the Nightingale now so I’m thinking I’ll need more Russian inspired stories and The Song and The Sirin sounds good. ♥️ I hope you try Entwined, I truly enjoyed every page.

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