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Book Grocer Recommends: Fantasy Books

by Book Grocer on March 28, 2022

Nothing takes us away from reality quite like a fantasy book.

This genre defines escapism.

So it's likely you've heard of the household names of fantasy... and by household, we're talking Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, and Raymond E. Feist:

 Robin Hobb High Fantasy Books

George R.R. Martin Game of Throne High Fantasy Adventure

Raymond E Feist High Fantasy

But allow us share with you four more Fantasy Book Recommendations that will take you far beyond your imagination! Including paranormal creatures, perilous quests, and dashes of love, these books need to be put on your radar now.


1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Known for her stunning imagery and captivating tales, Laini Taylor, also the author of the Young Adult Fantasy duology Strange the Dreamer, tells the story of angels and demons with a dash of forbidden romance. Set in the backdrop of charming Prague, you'll be travelling between two worlds and caught in a whirlwind of political intrigue.

2. Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise.

Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order could not stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope: The Holy Grail.

The first book of a thrilling new saga by Australia's very own bestselling fantasy author Jay Kristoff of the Nevernight Chronicles and Aurora Cycle, comes Empire of the Vampire. Praised by beloved authors including V.E. Schwab and Robin Hobb, Empire of the Vampire is one to pick up if you're ready to immerse yourself in a world of brutal magic.

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgestern

Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love.

Erin Morgenstern has been praised for her beautiful prose and when you pick up The Night Circus, you'll understand exactly why that is. Follow Celia and Marco as they're caught up in a duel they didn't ask for, and fall in love with the one person they're meant to defeat.

Already read The Night Circus and loved it? We also have Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea, another magical piece of literature that comes highly recommended by fantasy lovers.

4. The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth, survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone. To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars

Fall into an icy fantasy with the first book of Mark Lawrence's Book of Ice trilogy. The Girl and the Stars. Packed with perilous adventures and high stake action, this dystopian fantasy trilogy is going to take you on a roller coaster ride as we follow Yaz and her journey to survival.


We've shared our recommendations, let's hear yours:

What fantasy books do you recommend?


Blurbs used in this blog post have been taken from GoodReads.

*Please note that a lot of adult fantasy books tend to have themes that may be triggering. We recommend checking for trigger warnings before diving in these fantastic books.


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