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Bring On Witch Lords And Curses In 6 Of The Most Spellbinding Fantasy Books

By Jessica Best
28th Oct 2020

collage of the best fantasy books worth reading

Fantasy books are peak escapism at its finest. From abandoned towns and bewitching worlds to dark curses and sacred artefacts, these beauties (usually a phat 500-plus pages long) have the ability to transport you to some pretty indescribable realms and straight to a pool of mythical characters. 

Here are the best fantasy books.

The Lost City

By Amanda Hocking

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking is gracing us again and bringing us back to the magical world of the Trylle with The Lost City, the first book in the final Trylle arc. In this first book in the Omte Origins trilogy, Ulla Tulin is abandoned in an isolated Kanin town as a baby. Taken in by strangers and raised hidden away like many of her kind, she has never stopped searching for her parents, or wondering about them. When Ulla hears of a project designed to help those like her, in the beautiful city of Merellä, she seizes the chance to discover her true heritage. She enlists the help of Pan Soriano, who is both a handsome and resourceful half-human with telekinesis powers. And she must also contend with Eliana, a mysterious girl who claims she's being pursued. And in true Hocking style, there’s always a whole lot more to the story.

The Obsidian Tower

By Melissa Caruso

Strap yourself in for over 500 pages of pure high fantasy. As the granddaughter of a Witch Lord of Vaskandar, Ryx was destined for power and prestige. But a childhood illness left her with broken magic that drains the life from anything she touches, and Vaskandar has no place for a mage with unusable powers. So Ryx has resigned herself to an isolated life as the warden of her grandmother's castle. At the castle's heart lies a black tower. Sealed by magic, it guards a dangerous secret that has been contained for thousands of years. But when Ryx discovers a visiting envoy attempting to break into the tower, a magical accident leaves her with blood on her hands.

The Order Of The Pure Moon Reflected In Water

By Zen Cho

Zen Cho returns with a found family wuxia fantasy that magically brings together all the best of old-school martial arts movies with characters drawn from the margins of history. In The Order Of The Pure Moon Reflected In Water, a bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.

The City We Became

By N.K. Jemison 

N.K. Jemison is one of the most brilliant authors for all things science fiction and fantasy so it’ll come as no surprise that her new golden child, The City We Became is 448 page of excellent escapism. In this epic read, an ancient evil stirs inside the word, threatening to destroy New York City and its five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all. And good news, this is the first run in her Great City series so you can expect a whole lot more binge reading to come.

The Once Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow

In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the “wild, dark days before the burnings began” but now, witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she has to find it at the ballot box. But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they start on a slew of bygone ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. The Once Future Witches has been called a folklore letter to the women of history and that’s exactly why you need it in your life.

The Unspoken Name

By A.K. Larkwood

Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic, just very casually. On her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god but as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change a number of worlds. Then one day comes when they encounter Csorwe’s old cult. If anyone’s asking, some very suspenseful music is playing right now. The Unspoken Name is A.K. Larkwood’s impressive debut and the first book in The Unspoken Name series.

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