FANTASY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS – YOUNG ADULT

Hey everyone! Fantasy is my all time favourite genre because, firstly, it’s awesome and secondly, it was the genre that introduced me to the wonderful world of books. Today, I will be recommending some young adult fantasy books that I love and think that everyone should read.

  1. THE INFERNAL DEVICES BY CASSANDRA CLARE:

“There’s plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.”

The Infernal Devices is a YA fantasy novel set in 1878 in Victorian London and it follows the main character Tessa Gray as she arrives in London to find her brother. She ends up being kidnapped by two women called the ‘Dark sisters’. From them, she learns that she is a strange kind of warlock and that she has the ability to shape – shift. She is rescued from the Dark Sisters by a Shadowhunter Will Herondale. Shadowhunters are special angelic warriors who fight demons. The triology follows Tessa and the Shadowhunters of the London Institute as they try to figure out Tessa’s powers and end up unraveling big secrets. The Infernal Devices is one of my most favourite YA fantasies. It has a fantastic world – building, such rich and complex characters and a believable and adorable love triangle. This triology has three books – Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.

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2. SIX OF CROWS & CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO:

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

A group of six characters coming together for an action – packed heist; a book with such amazing worldbuilding and an awesome magic system – this book has it all. Six of crows is the first book of a duology and is set in the Grishaverse, specifically, in Ketterdam. It follows a group of six people who come together under the master criminal, Kaz Brekker to perform a heist. The plot, characters and everything in this book kept me riveted and I absolutely loved it. This is a MUST READ for anyone who likes fantasy novels because, it is amazing!

Six of crows is followed by Crooked Kingdom which takes place after the heist. Kaz Brekker and his crew of outcasts end up with something that could change the world forever.

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3. THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI:

“I loved the feeling of discovery, of not knowing how much I wanted something until I had discovered its absence.”

Star touched queen follows Maya, the princess of Bharata, who has a cursed horoscope. Her father tries to marry her off for political reasons. She escapes this and marries Amar, the prince of Akaran. While there, Maya learns more about her previous birth and the secrets about Akaran. The most beautiful part of this story is its magical writing.

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You can read more about The Star touched queen in my previous review here : https://thesoulfulscripturient.wordpress.com/2021/02/16/review-of-the-star-touched-queen-by-roshani-chokshi/

4. CROWN OF WISHES BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI:

“A story. This was the key to immortality. The things that made kings quiver and deities distrustful: Nothing but a tale.”

Crown of wishes is a YA fantasy novel which is set in a world inspired by Hindu mythology and folklore. It follows Gauri, the princess of Bharata and Vikram, the prince of Ujjain as they compete in the Tournament of wishes organized by the God Kubera, Lord of wealth. The story is magical, gripping and has so many beautiful elements of Hindu folklore woven into it. As someone who has grown up listening to these stories, I found it so exciting to read about them in a different light. The writing in this novel is enchanting and it is definitely a refreshing read. This novel is a companion to The Star touched queen.

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5. SORCERY OF THORNS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.”

Sorcery of thorns is set in a world where the main magic is based on Grimoires or magical books, and great libraries. These grimoires can sometimes turns into monsters of ink and leather and hence, there are people tasked with protecting these grimoires and also controlling them when they turn into monsters. Elisabeth Scrivener is an orphan who grew up in the great library of Summershall. When an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, Elisabeth embarks on a journey with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn and she learns things that change her whole perspective of everything she has known.

This best aspect of this novel is its simple plot. It is a light fantasy read with enough plot that is complex enough to keep you riveted, but also easy and light. If you are looking for a fun and light fantasy book, Sorcery of Thorns is perfect for you.

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That’s it for today! I hope you liked these recommendations. Comment below and tell me your favourite fantasy books!

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CHAIN OF GOLD BY CASSANDRA CLARE

Hey everyone!

Since Chain of iron is releasing in a few days (March 2!), I felt like this would be a perfect time to talk about Chain of gold. Chain of Gold is the first book of the Last Hours triology by Cassandra Clare. It is a part of the Shadowhunter chronicles that revolves around Shadowhunters who are a group of angelic warriors fighting demons.

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WHAT TO READ BEFORE CHAIN OF GOLD?

The prescribed reading order of the Shadowhunter books is the publication order (the order in which it came out), but it is not necessary to read it in that way. Technically, it is not necessary to read anything before Chain of Gold. But I would highly recommend reading The Infernal Devices before reading Chain of Gold, especially if you haven’t read any of the Shadowhunter books. This is because, Chain of Gold is basically a sequel to TID. So, reading TID first gives a better insight into some characters and the world of the Shadowhunters.

Onto the book!

THE SETTING:

Chain of Gold follows the children and relatives of the main characters of TID.

Chain of Gold takes place in 1903 in Edwardian London. This has been a time of relative peace for the Shadowhunters as there have been no demons since the events of TID. But this changes when two Shadowhunter families move to London. Suddenly, a new race of demons (who can walk in daylight) attack London and the plague caused by the demons has no cure. The Shadowhunters are quarantined in London and the main characters realize that they have a connection to all these happenings.

THE CHARACTERS:

Chain of gold has a lot of main characters. I have introduced them down below.

Cordelia Carstairs is the main character. She is half Persian. Her parents are Sona and Elias Carstairs. At the beginning of the book, Cordelia is determined to protect her family’s honour by proving her father’s innocence in a crime he was wrongfully accused of. Cordelia is in love with James Herondale and her best friend is Lucie Herondale.

James Herondale is the son of William and Tessa Herondale (main characters of TID). Due to his lineage, James has the strange power of turning into shadows. He is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn.

Lucie Herondale is James’ sister. She is an aspiring writer and also has a power of speaking to and commanding ghosts. She is best friends with Cordelia.

Matthew Fairchild is the son of Charlotte and Henry Fairchild. He is the brother of Charles Fairchild. Matthew has a secret that he has been carrying for a long time. He is best friend and parabatai of James Herondale.

Alastair Carstairs is Cordelia’s brother. He used to be a bit of bully. Thomas Lightwood is the son of Sophie and Gideon Lightwood. He has two sisters. Anna Lightwood is the daughter of Cecily and Gabriel Lightwood. She has two brothers. Christopher Lightwood is Anna’s brother. He loves science.

Grace Blackthorn is the adopted daughter of Tatiana Lightwood. She is described as a really beautiful girl and she possess siren – like abilities. And then there is Jesse Blackthorn who is technically a ghost.

Those were all the main characters.

SOME CHARACTERS FROM CHAIN OF GOLD.
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MY THOUGHTS:

Chain of Gold was absolutely wonderful! First of all, the plot is so good. It just grips you.

The characters are all amazing. I loved each and every character (except Grace, of course). The friendship between Lucie and Cordelia is so heart warming and so is Matthew’s and James’.

Best of all, I loved how the story of each character has some significance or connection to the plot. I love books which are both character and plot driven and Chain of Gold is one of the very few books where such a perfect blend of plot and characters are found.

The romance is very heart breaking but still so great. I usually hate books where there is a sad angle to the romance. But I totally loved this one!

This book has become my fourth favourite book among the Shadowhunter chronicles (After the three books of TID). I would definitely, one hundred percent recommend this book.

Can’t wait to read Chain of Iron!

MY RATING

Rating: 5 out of 5.