This month on Aussie Owned and Read, each of us are looking at a different genre, talking about why we think it’s awesome! I’m starting us off with Fantasy.
When I was a teen I read some fantasy, thanks to my mother. I was a fan of David Eddings’ Elenium series (I was so in love with Sparhawk) and the Keltiad series by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison (which is a bit of a Fantasy/Science Fiction mash-up).
When I went off to uni, I didn’t read as much, and when I did get back into reading I was so hooked on Science Fiction. But lately, Fantasy has been tugging at me with so many great titles coming out in recent years that push the boundaries of Fantasy. I love being transported to another world, whether it’s a constructed realm with its own rules and world-building, or a real-world setting with fantastical elements introduced.
One of the reasons I love Fantasy (and most genres under the Speculative Fiction Umbrella) is that the only limit is the author’s imagination. The author makes the rules, bends rules, and occasionally smashes them out of the park to create an amazing piece of literature.
Some of my recent favourite reads include:
- The Name Of The Wind: It was a slow start, and I was honestly may have given up if my friend didn’t push me. But now I’ve devoured books 1 & 2, as well as The Slow Regard of Silent Things, which is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read.
- Throne of Glass: I loved the anti-hero aspect, I loved the twists, and I really enjoyed the world building.
- The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows: Six of Crows took Fantasy to a whole new level with the infusion of more modern world aspects in a fantasy realm. And the Darkling is a bit swoon worthy.
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Strange The Dreamer: Like Six of Crows, Strange the Dreamer took a different approach to fantasy, and had a more middle-eastern and mystical feel to the story. Daughter of Smoke and Bone series took what appeared to be an over-done genre on the surface, and turned it into something unique.
- Raven Cycle and Scorpio Races: I adored the lyrical writing in both of these stories, and the infusion of mythology into modern world settings was just magical.
- Red Sister: This has gorgeous writing that slips between time periods, taking the reader on a magical journey.
- Court of Fives: Beautiful otherworld fantasy with Roman Empire influences, and dealing with issues of colonisation that parallels the real world.
I’m sure there’s many more I could name, but these are some of my favourites. Add your recommendations in the comments!
Sharon is a YA and NA author from sunny Queensland, who writes by beaches and fish tanks. She loves spending time with her family and watching her free range guinea pigs run around the back yard. Occasionally she has pink hair.