Fantasy has been my favorite genre of literature since I was a child. I love whimsy, new worlds, magic, swords, and so many other classic elements of fantasy.
It’s the genre that I read most frequently, but there are so many fantasy series that I still need to read. Here are the ten that I’m most excited about!
I discovered my love of Brandon Sanderson at the very beginning of 2019 when I read the first two books in the Stormlight Archives series, The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance. Although I can’t imagine loving anything more than the Stormlight Archives series, I’ve heard that the Mistborn series is the favorite of many Brandon Sanderson fans. I know it’ll probably take me a long time to get through, as it’s a seven book series and Sanderson tends to write long books, but I know it’ll be worth it.
The first book in this series, The Eye of the World, came out in 1990, and I’m surprised that I’ve never read this. There are fourteen books in this series, and it’s high fantasy, so I have a feeling I’ll really enjoy it.
Out of all the series on this list, this is the one that I’m most surprised I haven’t read yet. I was never a gamer growing up, but all of that changed when a friend introduced me to The Witcher 3. The game literally blew my mind. The landscape is gorgeous, the story is fascinating, the gameplay is exciting, and you can play the game over and over again and still not see everything. I purchased a PS4 just so I could buy and play this game. I have the first few books in the series, and I have absolutely no idea why I’ve been putting it off. I know I’m going to enjoy the series immensely.
I keep hearing really good things about this fantasy/science fiction series, and it has some post-apocalyptic elements, so I really need to read this. Plus, I keep hearing that N.K. Jemisin writes beautifully, and I want to experience that.
Back when I first started this blog, I did some research on Chinese literature because it’s something that interests me. (psst, Meonicorn over at The Bookish Land did a great guest post on Chinese literature!) I came across this series and kept seeing the author referred to as the greatest Chinese fantasy writer. There’s a new translation of this series coming out starting with the first book, A Hero Born, being released in September. I requested and was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the publisher, so there will be a review coming within the next month!
I recently read V.E. Schwab’s Vicious and adored it, just like I loved her middle-grade novel, City of Ghosts. This series deals with parallel universes, which is a topic that I’ve always loved in fantasy, so I can’t wait to read this series!
Last year on Black Friday, Book Outlet had a massive sale and I bought a copy of Caraval, the first book in a trilogy. It’s been sitting in my TBR pile all this time and I haven’t found time to read it yet. The third and final book in the series, Finale, was released back in May 2019, and now that the whole trilogy is out it might be fun to binge through the whole thing.
I’ve always had a soft spot for witchy fantasy books, so this is an obvious addition to the list. I first heard about this series from a few of my favorite fantasy-loving booktubers, and this is one that I definitely want to read sooner rather than later.
This is one of those books that literally pop up in every single fantasy recommendations list. It’s a modern classic, and I know I’ll be reading this soon – I just bought a copy, so look for a review sometime in the next month or so!
Booktuber Chelsea Palmer introduced me to this series, and it sounds amazing! While most of the fantasy I read is high fantasy, this is urban fantasy, so it’ll be a subgenre that’s relatively new to me. It also sounds really dark, which is always a win for me!