Day 13 of Blogmas 2019 is all about one of my favorite genres: Fantasy/PNR
I could have chosen The Wicked King or The Raven Boys or …. but I’d rather go with two books that totally surprised me in the best way and swept me off my feet!
Added bonus: they are not as hyped as the others I mentioned above!
My first winner is The Storm Crow by Kalynn Josephson
This is the first book of a series, not published before seven months yet I want the sequel already!
You have all that makes epic fantasy and extraordinary read:
-Magic and magical crows;
-The clash of kingdoms;
-An evil and blood thirsty queen;
-A beaten yet strong heroine;
-A journey spiritual to regain her former self; intellectual as you have to solve the mystery to hatch crow’s eggs and physical as Thia will follow prince Ericen to Rodel;
-A rebellion brewing undercover;
-A handsome enemy prince and an alluring inventor former fighter;
And many other things sure to enthrall fantasy readers.
I am really impressed and grateful to Kaylinn Josephson as she had my rapt attention and she gave back my love of reading.
My second winner has already been mentioned as best YA of 2019 and will also get featured in a third and fourth category!!!!
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Oooh how I loved that story! It felt exhilarating!
I have so much to say and praise about that book that I might be bossy, sorry but not sorry, trying to MAKE you READ it!
I liked An Enchantment of Ravens but I adored Sorcery of Thorns!
Honestly this book is so many things!
First I bow low to Margaret’s imagination because I loved reading about a world where Great Libraries held grimoires who snored while sleeping, complained, laughed or had to have their spines massaged by apprentices when they got a special flu!
This was so original!
Not to forget gargoyle coming to life and stone angels awakened by sorcerers to join the battle and defend said libraries!
And I am not even mentioning the book lice being extra fat and hard to kill when they feasted on enchanted grimoires!
So the first thing to praise was the world building!
Imaginative, enchanting and so vivid!
Second I absolutely adored the balance between gravity and humor in this book!
Some of the first moments that made me smile was when the heroine, Elisabeth Scrivener, orphaned abandoned at the entrance of a Great Library and raised among very alive grimoires was retelling that the first time she had seen a normal book she thought he was dead because he made no noise nor movement! So delicious!!!
Then of course or sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn is a master at irony and sarcasm.
“Why are you looking at me like that?” he inquired. “You used a demonic incantation to pack my stockings!” He raised an eyebrow. “You’re right, that doesn’t sound like something a proper evil sorcerer would do. Next time, I won’t fold them.”
Third I fell hard for the magical battles, the heroics, the constant action and exhilarating acts of bravery! I felt emboldened and energized.
What are is your favorite fantasy/PNR of 2019?
Thanks for reading!
I quite liked the storm crow too! I still need to read sorcery of thorns though, and hope to do so in early 2020.
I regret not getting to Sorcery of Thorns this year, especially after seeing it make so many of your best of categories. I need to make it a priority in 2020.
Both of these sound really good. So many books I’m wanting to try and so little time:)
I know that’s our biggest problem Laura!
Really glad that you enjoyed these that much, Sophie! They are definitely praised a lot among readers! 😀
Thank you Lashaan!
Glad to be introduced to both of these particularly Sorcery of Thorns. I think my favorite fantasies this year came from Grace Draven.
Grace Draven has exceptional books! And so unique!
I haven’t read as much fantasy this year as I had hoped to. I have both of these books on my radar and I am so excited to find out that you enjoyed them so much. 🙂
I hope you’ll give them a chance as they are truly so great!
These covers look like they belong together. I was surprised they were for different series. I love that you are highlighting less hyped books too.
Don’t they blend well he? But you are absolutetly right Sam!
Sorcery of Thorns…..oh yeah!!!!!
Sorcery of Thorns is amazing! Great choice 😀 I have a copy of The Storm Crow but haven’t read it yet.
Brittany I can’t wait for you to read it!!
Both of these are fantasies that I wanted to give a shot this year but never got around to. Great post!
I hope you’ll read them in 2020 Kayla! They are so worth it!
Definitely hope I get to them!
I just got Sorcery of Thorns from the library after being on the hold list for 10 weeks or so so I’m super excited to dive in!
Happy reading Vicky!! I wish you lots and lots of fun!