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!!
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…
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!!
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…
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…
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!
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?
Thanks for Reading XOXO