Fantasy and Science Fiction Reads

During the month of October I have been celebrating anything and everything speculative. And it wouldn’t be complete without sharing some of my favorite books or books I am looking forward to reading. So if you are looking for a nice, cozy book to curl up with this winter, check out some of my suggestions πŸ™‚

Fantasy:

The RynThe Ryn by Serena Chase. The story is your typical young person finds out they are royalty, but I love how Serena puts a unique twist on this by giving Rose (who later finds out she is the Ryn, the future savior of her people) the ability to hear other people’s thoughts. That and Rose has red hair (I love red hair!). To read my complete review of The Ryn, click here. To find out more about The Ryn, click here.

 

 

In Darkness HidThe Blood of the Kings series by Jill Williamson. Another fantasy with people who can hear minds. This three book series is a two time Christy awarding series (along with multiple other awards) and just plain good. To find out more about In Darkness Hid (the first book) click here.

 

 

 

daugher_of_light_lgAnd of course, my own fantasy series. The Follower of the Word series centers around Rowen, a young woman who discovers a mark on her hand, a mark that allows her to see inside the human soul. There are those who are terrified of her power, and so banish her. And then there are those who wish to possess that power and search all the Lands for Rowen, the last Truthsayer. To find out more about the first book in the series, Daughter of Light, click here.

 

 

Steampunk:
I love steampunk: the gadgets, the historical flavor, the meshing of fantasy and technology. So of course I need to add some steampunks to my list!

CrosswindCrosswind by Steve Rzasa. The Stark brothers live in a western steampunk world filled with aeroplanes and trains, and lots of adventure! Click here to find out more.

 

 

 

Armored HeartsArmored Hearts by Pauline Creeden and Melissa Turner Lee. When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales. Click here to find out more.

 

 

 

Science Fiction:
A Star Curiously SingingA Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz. In the future, Earth is ruled by Sharia law. Follow Sandfly, a debugger and a slave, who goes to a space station to fix a robot for his masters, a robot that has went mad. But little does he know his life is about to change. To read my full review, click here. And to find out more about the book, click here.

 

 

Fairytale Retellings:
The Healer's ApprenticeMelanie Dickerson has written many great fairytale retellings, minus the magic. In other words, what if the story really happened hundreds of years ago in our world? I love her stories and you will to. You can start with any of them, there is no particular order. So I will point you to the first one she wrote: The Healer’s Apprentice (a retelling of Sleeping Beauty). Click here for my full review and here to find the book. Bonus! All her ebooks are currently on sale on Amazon πŸ™‚

 

 

Medieval Mythology:
IHeartless wasn’t sure how to categorize these last books until I saw someone else label it as myth. Yes, myth, but more like celtic or some other medieval myth, not Roman or Greek. Anne Elizabeth Stengl writes some amazing stories filled with dragons, princesses, elves, and trolls. Generally, I get tired of the same fantasy trope characters, but Anne breathes fresh air into these stories. They are truly unique and some of my favorites. The first book in her Tales of Goldstone Woods is Heartless. Click here to find out more.

 

 

Just Plain Strange:

Amish Vampires in SpaceYes, that is the category I would put this book in (all puns intended). Amish Vampires in Space by Kerry Nietz is just that: Amish vampires in space. But less you think this book is a spoof, I personally know Kerry has taken the time to really flesh out the Amish culture and ask what would happen in the future with this group of people? How would they live, what would their lives be like if there was planet colonization and space travel? And the vampire part, more science than horror. Really, you need to check it out. Click here.

 

I wish I had more time and space to list out more of my favorite books, or books on my reading list, but then you would be sitting here reading this blog instead of out searching for your next book. So go forth, my friends, and read!

And please leave a comment and tell me what your latest favorite fantasy or science fiction is πŸ™‚

 

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9 thoughts on “Fantasy and Science Fiction Reads”

  1. Great list of books here! I’ve been meaning to get to The Healer’s Apprentice.

    I’m in the middle of Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns series (book one; Girl of Fire and Thorns). It’s excellent. In short: An overweight princess with a calling from God to save the world and defeat fierce enemy sorcerers.

    I’m currently in the second book and I highly recommend it to anyone!

  2. I have not read ANY (ahh!) of these. The Healer’s Apprentice has been on my wish list for a while. I DO have Robyn McKinley’s Beauty: A retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I loved as an early teen…. Not sure if that counts. Anne Stengl’s books intrigue me, but I haven’t read any yet. I have a lot of catching up to do!Thanks for the list…. I haven’t read any steampunk books, but… I may need to. πŸ™‚

    1. Celita, you should see my to-be-read pile. And I don’t just read sci/fi and fantasy, I also love historicals and classics. *Sigh* I will probably die with a pile of books still to be read on my kindle LOL.

  3. Morgan,

    I have to recommend The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I read this novel last year and posted a review on my blog. It’s the story of a Jesuit Priest leading a first contact mission to a distant planet. The mission goes horribly wrong and the priest’s faith gets tested in a very powerful way.

    I read quite a bit of Sci-Fi and Fantasy and The Sparrow is one of the best novels I’ve read in quite some time that marries religion and science without compromise from either camp.

    Here’s my review:

    http://kammbia1.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/book-review-34-the-sparrow-by-mary-doria-russell/

    I have given several copies to co-workers in the last few months and all of them have liked the novel.

    Hope you get a chance to read it someday.

    Marion

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