Even as science fiction is becoming more crowded with post-apocalyptic books, the fantasy genre is still holding its own. And with the first Hobbit movie coming out in December, now is a perfect time to start reading one of these great series!
The Graceling Realm trilogy by Kristin Cashore was complete with the release of Bitterblue earlier this year. This trilogy introduces a world with special talents called a Grace which blesses (or curses) specific people with extreme skill. Katsa has a unique and deadly killing Grace. Her uncle, King of the Middluns, uses her skill to intimidate and remove his opponents. Katsa feels trapped by her uncle but does what she can secretly to help people. Then she meets Prince Po who has a fighting Grace. Together they begin to understand her Grace and the Kingdoms around them.
The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta starts with Finnikin of the Rock. Finnikin has lived in exile since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and a curse was place over the kingdom of Lumatere. Now a young girl claims she can lead them to the heir of Lumatere. This sets Finnikin on a remarkable journey to reclaim his heritage and restore the heir to the throne. The story is continued in Froi of the Exiles, which is available now, and Quintana of Charyn, which is scheduled to be published in March.
The last recommendation is the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. Only two books have been published so far, The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers. The first book introduces Elisa, a young princess who was marked for greatness with a Godstone at a young age, but who feels like a failure at sixteen. Then she is married in secret to a King from a neighboring kingdom and starts her own journey of self discovery. But her new life is soon interrupted by those who want to use the power given to her with the Godstone for their own purposes forcing Elisa to discover her inner strength.
Posted by: Beth