The Best Books of 2021 Part Two: Fantasy

Books By Brandon Sanderson

The Stormlight Archive
Words of Radiance and Oathbringer were very good sequels.

Words of Radiance is centered in one of my favorite characters, Shallan, and the world of Roshar and the Cosmere Universe was again a place so fascinating that the 1087 pages went by extremely fast. I did a mistake though by starting Oathbringer right after finishing the second book and that was probably too much reading in a series all at once.
Please don’t ‘hate’ me, I did like Oathbringer a lot too, only that I considered some of the character developments of Dalinar quite jarring with the character he seemed to be on the first two books of the series. I also got the impression that his arc wrapped up too neatly and too fast at the end without enough foreshadowing. There were too many battle scenes and not enough character interactions, and I missed more character and relatioship development between Shallan, Adolin and Kaladin. It all got decided too quickly for me.
Maybe these impressions will change once I have reread this series with some breaks between the sequels. I usually don’t reread books but this series, with its fascinating world, qualifies for this surely.
Still a great series that I’ll go on reading for sure.

Warbreaker

I heard the GraphicAudio dramatized Audiobook version of this book and I must say that this is one of my favorite fantasy books of all time now.
This was awesome epic fantasy, full of cute, witty and beautiful moments, and very surprising twists! The characters were also so unforgetable, I will happily read sequels to this book when they happen to be published.

The Deathless Trilogy by Peter Newman

In 2021 I read the second and third books of this awesome trilogy.

Peter Newman is again an author that deserves much more recognition and reviews. The series story world is intriguing, the characters relatable and multi-layered. I enjoyed reading all POVs.

The Ruthless (The Deathless Trilogy #2)

I liked the writing style a lot. It had a bit more horror than I’m used to in my fantasy reads and the plot moved a bit too slow but I was continuing this series because I really wanted to know how this would end. The Audiobook narration of Emma Newman was awesome, she’s one of my favorite audiobook narrators.

The Boundless (Deathless, #3)

This third and final book was awesome and beautifully epic in so many ways. The characters are rarely done in such relatable ways and I really liked how this story wrapped up. One of the best fantasy series I ever read!
And again a trilogy which is a serious candidate for a reread.

House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) by Jessica Cluess

This YA book was so entertaining that I could not put it down. Jessica Cluess has become an auto-buy author for me because all her books become my favorites! I’ll continue this series next year for sure.
I also read the Kingdom on Fire trilogy by her and it was so well done.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1) by N.K. Jemisin

This was so surprising and original! I’ll be continuing this trilogy for sure and will soon read more books by this author!

Spoiler alert: The story world is very interesting and the political intrigue and main character interaction with the enslaved gods keeps you intrigued for sure.

I like the gender roles swap in the Darre culture very much and how is shown that other kingdoms hate and want to destroy the Darre solely due to that. They are like Amazons but with men in a nurturing role, very interesting since the Amazon’s myths mostly say that there weren’t any men in their society, with the Amazon’s occasionally meeting with men outside their kingdom only to get pregnant and afterwards abandoning them with the baby girl or leaving their baby boys behind with their fathers. But Darre is a compromise where the women are powerful and warriors and the men are mainly involved in the nurturing role. Food for thought.

I also very much liked the ending.
End of spoiler

Stay tuned for my favorite science fiction books in my next blog post.

Author: Leticia Toraci

Artist, Painter, Writer, Indie Author in training and busy Mom

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